They look like this:

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Do you usually just call them plastic wrappers or wrappings?

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    I would call it a sleeve until it introduced itself properly.
    – MetaEd
    Sep 22, 2013 at 14:17
  • I'm certain there's a technical term in publishing, but the general public will likely not refer to the plastic as X, but rather to the magazines/comics as sealed.
    – RegDwigнt
    Sep 22, 2013 at 14:18
  • I would call it a cellophane bag because cellophane is a thin, transparent sheet made of regenerated cellulose.
    – user51029
    Sep 22, 2013 at 14:33
  • The bags shown look like polyethylene rather than cellulose or Cellophane, ie probably are poly bags Sep 22, 2013 at 16:24
  • At our publishing company, as jwpat7 mentions, we call these polybags.
    – JLG
    Sep 23, 2013 at 20:47

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When the article is tight-wrapped in that material, or with some people any material, people use the adjective "shrink-wrapped" or "shrink-wrapped in cellophane". When it's wrapped loose—and often fastened with a bow—, as with holiday presents, people usually say "in cellophane bag" or "in cellophane."

Edit: AFAIK and concerning mostly AE

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    Unless you're a Brit, where we just say 'plastic wrapper or plastic wrap'.
    – bamboo
    Sep 22, 2013 at 15:22
  • I don't think this fully or perhaps even effectivey answers the question. Shrink-wrapped refers to a means of (tightly) covering the book/magazine. But, especially as magazines are concerned, I don't think the term Shrink-wrapped is the whole story; comments to the original question seem to support this statement. Sep 20, 2016 at 16:39

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