I don't know about the most recent issue, but the wrapper just opens and seals up again on the bottom back so you don't have to rip it off--I've taken other magazines in bags up to the customer service/help desk area and asked that they be opened so I can look before I buy, it's never been a problem.
Mine was also sealed in plastic but it was sealed with some knitting clip and the next issue will come with "a yarn tidy bag" (if you are knitting with 3 skeins of yarns, it will hold them a seperatly so you do not get them mixed up) and there is a pattern from Alan Dart-a cowboy. I am thinking of getting a subscription to it, well that in Interweave Knits!
Figaro, AKA Debbie
and also on Plurk
Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
I love Simply Knitting! The free gifts with each issue are pretty nice. I got some great cable needles, bobbins, bamboo needles. And the most recent, the yarn tidy is really nice! I've been using it all weekend. I may just go back to the book store and pick up another.