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Old 12-16-2010, 10:59 AM   #41
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While you're at it, can you remove some of that vog to clear up the view? Thanks...
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Old 12-16-2010, 11:01 AM   #42
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I think newspapers are contributing to their own decline. We get the Chicago Trib, but there is less and less of interest in there anymore, and what is of interest is so very poorly written 98% of the time. Really thinking of dropping it.
I think the NY Times is the only paper left where the reporters and editors know what words mean and almost always use them correctly. Too bad their understanding of economics is much less acute.

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Old 12-16-2010, 11:15 AM   #43
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We have taken the Dallas Morning News for years. I really enjoy reading the paper and sipping my morning coffee each morning. The paper isn't much any more, but I still enjoy that quiet time in the mornings.

Last year the Dallas Morning News tried to pull a real sneaky on all their subscribers. They sent out a form letter thanking all their subscribers for their loyalty during such difficult times for newspapers. It looked like your typical junk mail letter that most people would not read thru but just chunk it in the trash. As a little after thought at the end of a full page letter it stated that our rates were going up like 30%. I was outraged! Not only that they would jump our rates that much in one year, but that they hid it in the small print at the bottom of a wordy form letter that 90% of their customers would never read. My DH reminded me that we pay automatically thru a credit card on file and if we didn't check our cc bill we would not have known the rate had gone up.

I called and told them to cancel our subscription that I would not be paying the new rate. The response was that they would offer me a new rate with just a 5% increase if I wouldn't cancel AND they would send me a $20 debit card. I excepted their new offer and did receive the $20 debit card. I then proceeded to contact everyone I knew and told them to pass it along that if they complained they might just get a better deal. Guess what, everyone who complained got the better deal.

We just got a notice that they are raising the rate again. We will keep getting the paper for now but I don't know how much longer we can justify paying the rates.
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I have always heard that papers make their money on the advertising, and that then can charge more the more subscribers they have. Yet, they seem to shoot themselves in the foot by charging more for their product, then people cancel their paper, so their subscription numbers go down, and advertisers pay less.

Sounds like the airlines! I heard a past president of American Airlines say, 'It's a great industry to work in, and a horrible investment'
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Old 12-17-2010, 07:12 PM   #45
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Here, you get the paper delivered on Thursdays and Sundays even if you don't subscribe. The version you get is mostly ads but it looks just like the paper. So, if you are ever away from home, whether you subscribe or not, you are advertising your absence unless you can get a neighbor to pick up your paper.
Yeah, that really bugged me when we lived in Oakland. I complained to the company numerous times.
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Old 12-17-2010, 09:28 PM   #46
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Too bad Photoshop doesn't work in real life:
Love that! I need to remember this as a quote. Can't believe I didn't think of it myself as I use photoshop so much.

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I thought it was used for putting under cat dishes and litter boxes.

The other thing that can't disappear fast enough for me is land lines. The stupid phone company has this big ugly pole, ruining my otherwise gorgeous view of Diamondhead.
But then you get even bigger and uglier cell towers.
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But then you get even bigger and uglier cell towers.
Here's what we get:
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:51 AM   #49
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Printed newspapers are on the decline. Tough to make a profit.

They are struggling to find a new model that works.

The internet has not worked well for them... Too many people give it away for free.

I suspect when e-readers become more common place, we will be able to subscribe to our local papers for about half the cost of the printed and delivered paper.
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..........The internet has not worked well for them... Too many people give it away for free............
Running a newspaper is like trying to be a hooker in a college town.
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Here's what we get:
That is funny!

Here they plop big cell towers in the middle of a farmers field. UGLY.
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I'll bet the farmer doesn't think it's UGLY.
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Undoubtedly. The farmer thinks it is the most productive piece of land.
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Newspapers are often like public transit systems: they respond to reduced demand by raising prices, thus attempting to defy the laws of economics.
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It is hard for me to sit and read a paper or anything else at home.(Other than my computer screen that is!) I sometimes buy a Seattle Times when I am having lunch in the executive dining room at Mickey-D's.

Ever since college reading the paper without being out depresses me. And I cannot tackle the Sunday paper; just not going to happen at home or away. When I lived in Berkeley I would sit and read the Chronicle in a coffee shop. I loved McCabe, but the rest of the experience depressed me.

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I get USA Today but don't have the time to read it !
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Well, we did try that Soapbox thingy a while back... not really that much different...
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