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Old 01-06-2019, 11:17 AM
 
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They have them at our WalMart and at a grocery store although I don't live in H'ville proper. If I buy a paper for coupons I always check to be sure they are there as it has happened to me too. I have seen ppl take 2 papers and only buy one, although not here in FL. I use a coupon website now that is free to get coupons since it is cheaper than buying a paper.
Which site do you use? I moved here from the Atlanta area and have mostly quit couponing due to the lack of coupons in the local paper.
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Old 01-06-2019, 12:27 PM
 
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With respect to TWSS88's comment from someone who delivers for the Times:
"...They also believe the Times "charges taxes". The city of Huntsville or state of Alabama passed the law to exempt taxes. A business can't just charge a tax if they choose...." by current Huntsville Times bill for the Wed/Fri/Sun papers is broken down as such:

Payment Period: 52 Weeks
Pay Through: 01/10/20
Rat: $218.40
Other Fees*" $6.00 *$2.00 paper bill convenience & $4,00 Thanksgiving day edition
Sales Tax: $20.20
Total Due $244.60

Hence my question if anybody else has or is currently using an alternative subscription site to start or renew your Huntsville Time's subscription like: https://www.discountednewspapers.com...mes/index.html

I agree that the Huntsville Times is not what it once was and that is a great disappointment. However, I still enjoy an early Sunday morning read of the paper.
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:02 PM
 
Location: BNA -> HSV
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With respect to TWSS88's comment from someone who delivers for the Times:
"...They also believe the Times "charges taxes". The city of Huntsville or state of Alabama passed the law to exempt taxes. A business can't just charge a tax if they choose...." by current Huntsville Times bill for the Wed/Fri/Sun papers is broken down as such:

Payment Period: 52 Weeks
Pay Through: 01/10/20
Rat: $218.40
Other Fees*" $6.00 *$2.00 paper bill convenience & $4,00 Thanksgiving day edition
Sales Tax: $20.20
Total Due $244.60

Hence my question if anybody else has or is currently using an alternative subscription site to start or renew your Huntsville Time's subscription like: https://www.discountednewspapers.com...mes/index.html

I agree that the Huntsville Times is not what it once was and that is a great disappointment. However, I still enjoy an early Sunday morning read of the paper.
I have no direct experience, but I would assume it is something like buying your magazine subscription from one of the hundreds of discount sites. I don't think anyone actually pays the advertised yearly magazine subscription price of $48 or whatever for Golf Digest when they can get 1 year from www.whateverdiscountmagsiteyouchoose.com for $8/year.

Give it a try and use a good CC to pay. Best case you save a lot of money, worst case you have to get your CC company involved for a chargeback.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:27 AM
 
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I received a notice a couple weeks ago that I would soon receive free Sunday paper delivery, with a number to call if I wanted to opt-out.


Got my first one yesterday and it at least seems to be a full size Sunday paper, not the "Huntsville Life" advertisement paper that normally gets thrown in the yard on weekdays. I haven't done an analysis yet to see if it is also 92% ads.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Huntsville
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I received a notice a couple weeks ago that I would soon receive free Sunday paper delivery, with a number to call if I wanted to opt-out.


Got my first one yesterday and it at least seems to be a full size Sunday paper, not the "Huntsville Life" advertisement paper that normally gets thrown in the yard on weekdays. I haven't done an analysis yet to see if it is also 92% ads.



Same here, I've been getting Sunday's paper for free since I believe October. I think it's supposed to last 6 months. I enjoyed getting it for the first couple of months...but lately I've been tossing them into recycling I think the nostalgia wore off. Regardless, I wouldn't have subscribed to it after the trial anyway.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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I received a notice a couple weeks ago that I would soon receive free Sunday paper delivery, with a number to call if I wanted to opt-out.

Got my first one yesterday and it at least seems to be a full size Sunday paper, not the "Huntsville Life" advertisement paper that normally gets thrown in the yard on weekdays. I haven't done an analysis yet to see if it is also 92% ads.

I also received free Sunday papers for some period last year. I actually buy the Sunday paper most weekends as I like reading a Sunday paper, even though it is much diminished from years ago.


A couple of years back, I got tired of having to throw the Huntsville Life flyers away. It took three calls to the Times, but I finally got it stopped. Calling the Times is a pain, as you are not allowed to hold for very long. After the brief hold period, you have to enter a call back number. And if you don't promptly pick up the call back, then you have to start again.



So when I say three calls, I mean three occasions where I spoke to a live person. It took about double that in actual calls to the Times.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:13 PM
 
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Originally Posted by Rick In Madison View Post
With respect to TWSS88's comment from someone who delivers for the Times:
"...They also believe the Times "charges taxes". The city of Huntsville or state of Alabama passed the law to exempt taxes. A business can't just charge a tax if they choose...." by current Huntsville Times bill for the Wed/Fri/Sun papers is broken down as such:

Payment Period: 52 Weeks
Pay Through: 01/10/20
Rat: $218.40
Other Fees*" $6.00 *$2.00 paper bill convenience & $4,00 Thanksgiving day edition
Sales Tax: $20.20
Total Due $244.60

Hence my question if anybody else has or is currently using an alternative subscription site to start or renew your Huntsville Time's subscription like: https://www.discountednewspapers.com...mes/index.html

I agree that the Huntsville Times is not what it once was and that is a great disappointment. However, I still enjoy an early Sunday morning read of the paper.
Why are they charging $4.00 for the Thanksgiving edition? It's not that much at the gas station. That's nuts.
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Old 01-07-2019, 08:17 PM
 
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Why are they charging $4.00 for the Thanksgiving edition? It's not that much at the gas station. That's nuts.

Agreed, its mostly just ads for black Friday sales which I would think is a cash cow for newspapers.
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Old 01-14-2019, 06:50 PM
 
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Last year I was getting the paper gratis so they could claim me as a subscribers for their advertisers. As of the new year, I no longer have to pick it up out of my driveway and put it int he recycle bin.
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:55 PM
 
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Ended up calling al.com and was actually able to speak to somebody after maneuvering through the automated phone tree. First/best quote to keep the 3 deliveries/week was $168.78 for the year. Still more than my previous $141/year. Asked about best and final offer for Sunday delivery only (which was really the only version of the paper I have time to read and "enjoy" reading. That offer came in at $82.94/year. I accepted that offer and felt it to be fair. Thought I would follow up in the event somebody else comes across this thread.

Thank you all for your inputs.
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