Yes I can see where you are coming from about the pictures and what not. Unlike most people I actually read the articles, and I have heard of Animerica but they don't sell it around where I live. I have to go one town and one city away just to buy anime anything. Except for the rare occasions that I find something (usually a really well known anime I like example: Tenchi Muyo) at the local Dollar General. So yeah where I live isn't really a big help in my anime/manga addiction.
Back to what I was saying first though. I do agree with you. I really don't like it when people just buy magazines like that just for the DVD and poster. Personally, half the time I don;t even like the anime on the poster. I do like the DVD though. It helps to introduce new anime so I like that. I also like the manga piece they put in there for you.