Skip to comments.'Wash Post' Hiking Price to 50 Cents
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."
High-priced toilet paper.
Na na na na, Na na na na, Heh heh heh Goodbye.
Raise prices in the face of declining demand. Okey-dokey.
Couldn’t even give it away at 35 cents a copy?
The Washington Times is still just a quarter.
That’s gonna help their bottom line.
But the Washington Times never made a profit in its 25 year history.
(ta-ta-ta-ra-raaaaaa) wester music
Ooops... did you say WT?... “Never mind” :)
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.
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.
i wish they’d raise it to five bucks.
The Buffalo News has been fifty cents for over a decade.
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.
“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):
In unrelated news, a 50% price surge has recently been observed on compost sold by area gardening centers.
Anyone who pays 35 cents for the WP will pay 50 cents for it.
Women and minorities hardest hit.
but now the vendor at the paper stand won’t get the 15 cent tip.
I haven’t seen a street vendor selling newspapers in many years. Boxes where I live.
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.
Hey, they're liberals! Whaddya 'spect? Rationality?
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.
The Washington Post doesn't really have ownership ~ it has a moonbat with a lot of money.
NYC has the Mob to protect their interests; DC doesn’t. It’s just boxes around here unless you’re at a Metro stop.
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.
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!"
Maryland “Freak State” PING!
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.