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'Wash Post' Hiking Price to 50 Cents
Editor and Publisher ^ | 12/20/07

Posted on 12/20/2007 4:54:40 PM PST by LdSentinal

NEW YORK Earlier this week the Chicago Tribune announced it was hiking its street price from 50 cents to 75 cents. Now The Washington Post reveals that it will raise its newsstand price from 35 cents to 50 cents beginning with editions of Dec. 31.

An article in the Post explains that it is "responding to the paper's decline in circulation and advertising revenue.

Home delivery price for The Post and the Sunday newsstand price will not change.

The previous newsstand price increase came in 2001.

"For a decade, the median daily price for U.S. newspapers has been 50 cents, according to the Newspaper Association of America," the Post article observes. "According to the group's 2005 statistics, 81 percent of papers charged 50 cents per daily copy, with 6 percent charging 35 cents. In the past two years, a few newspapers have raised their single-copy price from 50 cents to 75 cents."


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: liberal; media; wp

1 posted on 12/20/2007 4:54:41 PM PST by LdSentinal
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To: LdSentinal

High-priced toilet paper.


2 posted on 12/20/2007 4:58:16 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (“We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!” --Duncan Hunter)
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To: LdSentinal

Na na na na, Na na na na, Heh heh heh Goodbye.


3 posted on 12/20/2007 4:59:00 PM PST by SengirV
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To: LdSentinal

Raise prices in the face of declining demand. Okey-dokey.


4 posted on 12/20/2007 4:59:44 PM PST by dighton
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To: LdSentinal

Couldn’t even give it away at 35 cents a copy?


5 posted on 12/20/2007 5:00:03 PM PST by OCC
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To: LdSentinal

The Washington Times is still just a quarter.


6 posted on 12/20/2007 5:00:41 PM PST by Godebert
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To: LdSentinal

That’s gonna help their bottom line.

NOT


7 posted on 12/20/2007 5:01:13 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Godebert

But the Washington Times never made a profit in its 25 year history.


8 posted on 12/20/2007 5:03:04 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: All
Go ahead WP, I dare you to raise the price of that rag... Make my day...

(ta-ta-ta-ra-raaaaaa) wester music

9 posted on 12/20/2007 5:04:43 PM PST by ElPatriota
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To: ElPatriota

Ooops... did you say WT?... “Never mind” :)


10 posted on 12/20/2007 5:05:49 PM PST by ElPatriota
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To: LdSentinal

Another sign that the MSM doesn’t understand market economics. When the demand for your product is dropping, it is usually not a good idea to raise prices.


11 posted on 12/20/2007 5:09:39 PM PST by Busywhiskers (Strength and Honor)
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To: LdSentinal

If newspaper subscription revenue worked the same way ‘rats think taxation works, they could plug their shortfall simply by increasing the price to a few dollars per copy. Presto! Back to the same old earnings.


12 posted on 12/20/2007 5:11:27 PM PST by coloradan (Failing to protect the liberties of your enemies establishes precedents that will reach to yourself.)
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To: Busywhiskers

i wish they’d raise it to five bucks.


13 posted on 12/20/2007 5:11:44 PM PST by tired1 (responsibility without authority is slavery!)
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To: Godebert

The Buffalo News has been fifty cents for over a decade.


14 posted on 12/20/2007 5:13:34 PM PST by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: LdSentinal
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15 posted on 12/20/2007 5:15:17 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist)
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To: coloradan

My exact reaction. The liberal solution would be to raise it to at least $2 for the people in business clothes like suits etc., and $1 for people in jeans and t-shirts. And the homeless would get it for free of course.


16 posted on 12/20/2007 5:19:25 PM PST by Ron in Acreage (Thinking of new tagline)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“High-priced toilet paper.”

But, but, but.....

How could that be (whining)???

After all, the WP is home of “legendary” “journalists” Woodward and Bernstein and their selfless service to all of humanity via the absolutely unparalleled newsprint triumph of the aeons (trumpet fanfare):

WATERGATE


17 posted on 12/20/2007 5:20:15 PM PST by EyeGuy
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To: LdSentinal

In unrelated news, a 50% price surge has recently been observed on compost sold by area gardening centers.


18 posted on 12/20/2007 5:21:06 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: LdSentinal

Anyone who pays 35 cents for the WP will pay 50 cents for it.


19 posted on 12/20/2007 5:22:25 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Women and minorities hardest hit.


20 posted on 12/20/2007 5:23:46 PM PST by Governor William J. LePetomane (The affairs of state must take precedent over the affairs of state.)
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To: SeaHawkFan

but now the vendor at the paper stand won’t get the 15 cent tip.


21 posted on 12/20/2007 5:25:38 PM PST by Ron in Acreage (Thinking of new tagline)
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To: Ron in Acreage

I haven’t seen a street vendor selling newspapers in many years. Boxes where I live.


22 posted on 12/20/2007 5:30:09 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: SengirV
I cannot remember when I bought a loose newspaper in this country.

I subscribe to a couple, gotta get my marching orders from the WSJ and Manchester Union Leader, but otherwise rarely hold one in my hand.

A year ago I was in Guatemala for a month and would buy a copy of the national paper, La Prensa, from the lady on the corner every morning, go into the coffee place, sit at the bar and read the news.

I don't think I've bought a paper since.

23 posted on 12/20/2007 5:30:26 PM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: dighton
Raise prices in the face of declining demand. Okey-dokey

Hey, they're liberals! Whaddya 'spect? Rationality?

24 posted on 12/20/2007 5:35:38 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: SeaHawkFan

I was thinking DC metro area, NYC etc. They’re everywhere. I was in Manhattan last year for a week and they were selling papers and magazines on every block.


25 posted on 12/20/2007 5:44:33 PM PST by Ron in Acreage (Thinking of new tagline)
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To: Busywhiskers
That is the answer that Static analysis will always give you. I can do whatever I want to whatever I want and nothing else will be affected; it’s been the Left’s tax policy forever and it has never failed to ...well fail.
26 posted on 12/20/2007 5:45:43 PM PST by kublia khan (Absolute war brings total victory)
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To: MinorityRepublican
The Washington Times has a different purpose. You have Korean ownership.

The Washington Post doesn't really have ownership ~ it has a moonbat with a lot of money.

27 posted on 12/20/2007 5:49:07 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: Ron in Acreage

NYC has the Mob to protect their interests; DC doesn’t. It’s just boxes around here unless you’re at a Metro stop.


28 posted on 12/20/2007 5:50:48 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: LdSentinal
Actually, 50 cents for a copy of the Washington Post is a bargain considering that most newspapers in the country already charge 50 cents for a copy of the newspaper for some years.
29 posted on 12/20/2007 5:52:53 PM PST by RayChuang88
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To: LdSentinal

Shouldn’t they charge by the “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need” rule? People with lower incomes - and this would presumptively include women, minorities, illegal aliens, persons of color, children, and the elderly - would get the paper free or for minimal cost...while white males would pay not less than $1, and up to $5, depending on the newsvendor’s assessment of their prosperity based on demeanor and sartorial elegance.


30 posted on 12/20/2007 6:37:33 PM PST by TrueKnightGalahad (When you're racing...it's life. Anything that happens before or after is just waiting.)
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To: LdSentinal

'Wash Post' Hiking Price to 50 Cents

Geez...first gas prices go through the roof now toilet paper prices are going up! Oh well, after taking Arabic next quarter I can transcribe the Koran onto the TP...
31 posted on 12/20/2007 7:05:59 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: G8 Diplomat
Geez...first gas prices go through the roof now toilet paper prices are going up!

LOL!!

32 posted on 12/20/2007 7:27:35 PM PST by rb22982
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To: Busywhiskers
"Another sign that the MSM doesn’t understand market economics. When the demand for your product is dropping, it is usually not a good idea to raise prices."

I'm surprised that the marketing geniuses at the WaPo didn't raise the price to 3.95. "Gosh, we'll make millions of dollars!"

33 posted on 12/20/2007 7:44:47 PM PST by boop (Who doesn't love poison pot pies?)
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To: LdSentinal; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

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34 posted on 12/21/2007 3:02:09 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Tagline auction at this location, 01/01/2008)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Haven’t purchased a single copy since they gave Jim Webb what amounts to several million dollars in free ad space via the cover of their paper and the sinking of the George Allen campaign in ‘06.


35 posted on 12/21/2007 5:40:20 PM PST by incredulous joe
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