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Ticked off at (Washington) Post price increase (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
The Washington Post ^ | January 20, 2012 | Patrick B. Pexton

Posted on 01/22/2012 11:17:48 AM PST by abb

The Post managed to tee off its readers twice this week..

It raised its single-copy price at the newsstand to $1, from 75 cents, and the company did so with no announcement, no publisher’s note, nothing online or in print that I could find.

That angered readers.

Remember that the No. 1 revenue stream for The Post still is print circulation — that is, the money received from home subscribers, newsstand sales and print advertising.

Here’s what one phone caller left on my voice mail:

“This [price increase], so far as I can tell, was unannounced. . . . I looked at my copies of Saturday and Sunday and found no notice of it, and there was no notice of it on the Monday copy itself. It was a huge increase, percentage-wise, at a time when supposedly there is next-to-no inflation. I understand that prices go up in jumps, but this was an enormous jump at what seems to me to be a very bad time. And I can’t imagine how the Post could justify it, but the fact that they do it and don’t even announce it has rubbed salt into the wound.”

A Metro rider who picks up his paper at the Medical Center stop every morning had this to say:

“Maybe you should consider sharing the burden with those getting the free [online] paper. A dime or a quarter isn’t asking too much of them, and then those of us who get the regular paper from the vending machines can catch a break. Many of us leave home too early to get home delivery. I would hate to see you go under, but this was a bad idea.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: advertising; circulation; dbm; newspapers
As sales decrease, raise prices and lower the quality of the product. Works every time it's tried. /sarc
1 posted on 01/22/2012 11:17:53 AM PST by abb
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2 posted on 01/22/2012 11:19:01 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Why in the world would any of the Post’s readers be upset? They LOVE taxing people so what’s the problem here?

Oh... I know. The Post readers want the rich to pay for their paper, right?


3 posted on 01/22/2012 11:20:45 AM PST by Obadiah (If U don't believe you can win, then there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day.)
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To: abb

http://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/166190/video-rental-stores-on-life-support.html
Video Rental Stores On ‘Life Support’

http://gannettblog.blogspot.com/2012/01/detroit-imperative-that-we-begin-year.html
Detroit | Jenereaux calls furloughs ‘imperative’

http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/fbns-john-stossel-its-a-little-sad-how-the-media-is-compartmentalized-now_b107944
FBN’s John Stossel: ‘It’s a Little Sad How the Media is Compartmentalized Now’


4 posted on 01/22/2012 11:21:28 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
Die die die already! I'm sick of the lamestream media dieing a slow death.

Just hari kari yourselves and be done with it! We are done with you.

5 posted on 01/22/2012 11:25:10 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: abb


6 posted on 01/22/2012 11:25:36 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: NoGrayZone

See this thread from yesterday.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2835741/posts

Online Ad Spending to Pass Print for the First Time, Forecast Says (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Ad Age ^ | January 19, 2012 | Nat Ives

Posted on Saturday, January 21, 2012 6:20:45 AM by abb


7 posted on 01/22/2012 11:28:49 AM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

The cost of lining your trashcan just went up 33% - thank a dimocrap.


8 posted on 01/22/2012 11:35:40 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: abb

more good news!


9 posted on 01/22/2012 11:35:45 AM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: abb

Capitalism at it’s best. They know a rotting corpse, or shall I say “corps”.

I hate them all. Newt has given me my “power to positive” back, rather than my “let’s get on with our 2nd Revolution”.

I am so giddy to actually have someone to vote FOR, instead of against!


10 posted on 01/22/2012 11:36:06 AM PST by NoGrayZone (Jim "Firebrand" Robinson endorses Newt...with EPIC call to action!!)
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To: abb

Only $1? In Boston the liberal Globe is at least $1.50 daily, maybe something like $3.50-4 on Sundays; more conservative Herald still a buck though. $2 on Sundays. You need to pay $$ to read most of the Globe online, Herald still free.


11 posted on 01/22/2012 11:57:23 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: abb

An astute businessman I know suggested to me last week that these newspapers are all deliberately pricing their print editions out of business. Eventually they — or at least, the ones that are left after the industry is devastated — will be all online content, with perhaps a weekly publication done as a higher-quality magazine edition that will compete with Newsweek, TIME, etc.


12 posted on 01/22/2012 11:58:54 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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There was a deal the other day for the Los Angeles Times - Thursday - Sunday home delivery for one year for $20, with no strings attached. (IE: No ‘Once this year is done, you’ll be charged...’)

That’s just under ten cents a day for home delivery. They likely pay the driver more than this to make the delivery, not counting any printing costs, etc. And I’m pretty sure the newsstand price is 75 cents a day, or $2 for Sundays.


13 posted on 01/22/2012 12:05:36 PM PST by kingu (Everything starts with slashing the size and scope of the federal government.)
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To: abb

The WP needs an infusion of a couple hundred million in stimulus money. Has Hussein forgotten who his friends are?


14 posted on 01/22/2012 12:36:31 PM PST by Spok (Who is Sam Zemurray?)
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To: abb

“As sales decrease, raise prices and lower the quality of the product. Works every time it’s tried!”

That is the tried and proven method how liberals run/ruin their business.

They tick off a large percent of their customers and then raise their prices until they go out of business.

Then, it is the fault of evil Republicans.


15 posted on 01/22/2012 12:54:45 PM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Alberta's Child; abb

Thanks for another example of why liberals fail in business:

“a higher-quality magazine edition that will compete with Newsweek, TIME, etc.”

Newsweak’s/Slime’s, etc’s market shares/$’s have been on a steady downturn for at least a decade. That is not the place for smart money to invest in. Hopefully the dumb liberals will continue to invest and chase these financial losers.


16 posted on 01/22/2012 12:59:25 PM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: kingu; abb

“There was a deal the other day for the Los Angeles Times - Thursday - Sunday home delivery for one year for $20, with no strings attached. (IE: No ‘Once this year is done, you’ll be charged...’)”

The population in the LA area that can still read English is shrinking everyday, this will probably die a one year death.


17 posted on 01/22/2012 1:02:09 PM PST by Grampa Dave (ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IS DESTROYING AMERICA-LOOK AT WHAT IT DID TO THE WHITE HOUSE!)
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To: Alberta's Child
with perhaps a weekly publication done as a higher-quality magazine edition that will compete with Newsweek, TIME, etc.

I'm sure I'm not as astute as your friend but I expect that these boutique editions of TIME and Newsweak will be history before too long.

18 posted on 01/22/2012 7:17:28 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: abb

Perfect. Raise the price and save the trees. Hopefully print is gone in the next 3 years. Anyone stupid enough to pay for a newspaper deserves to pay big.


19 posted on 01/24/2012 8:39:28 PM PST by MovementConservative (Go Mariners! 2012!)
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