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Old 09-13-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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While I have always believed in supporting my local newspaper, I find myself in the position of canceling my subscription. I have subscribed to the OSB since moving here. When the Mon-Wed issues became threadbare, I changed to the Thursday through Sunday option. I just received my annual renewal, 4 months early! While I read the fine print about "Premium Issues" shortening my subscription, it didn't specify the exact ratio. Turns out that each one equals 1 week, so that pitiful "Remembering Irma" paper yesterday cost me much more than the $1.00 retail cost. The poor CSR had to explain that I had received 11 (!!!!) premium issues since January 31st of this year. At $5.00 each. There is no option to opt out, so I will just let my subscription expire and pay for the ones I choose to buy.

Just a heads-up for those who were unaware of how this works.
Dax

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Old 09-13-2018, 08:08 AM
 
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While I have always believed in supporting my local newspaper, I find myself in the position of canceling my subscription. I have subscribed to the OSB since moving here. When the Mon-Wed issues became threadbare, I changed to the Thursday through Sunday option. I just received my annual renewal, 4 months early! While I read the fine print about "Premium Issues" shortening my subscription, it didn't specify the exact ratio. Turns out that each one equals 1 week, so that pitiful "Remembering Irma" paper yesterday cost me much more than the $1.00 retail cost. The poor CSR had to explain that I had received 11 (!!!!) premium issues since January 31st of this year. At $5.00 each. There is no option to opt out, so I will just let my subscription expire and pay for the ones I choose to buy.

Just a heads-up for those who were unaware of how this works.
Dax

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HAH! I used to be able to read the Star Banner online, but now, all I can see are the headlines and when I click on them, I get a paywall screen that prevents me from reading any of the stories unless I pay for "digital access". Oh well, I didn't really want to read about Ocala's Live Oak stud and broodmare that much, anyway.

Started happening yesterday.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:22 AM
 
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I guess they're not getting those subsidies from the intelligence community like the big players do. Although reading a couple of the headlines, it looks as if they're making a bid for their little piece of the pie.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:42 AM
 
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HAH! I used to be able to read the Star Banner online, but now, all I can see are the headlines and when I click on them, I get a paywall screen that prevents me from reading any of the stories unless I pay for "digital access". Oh well, I didn't really want to read about Ocala's Live Oak stud and broodmare that much, anyway.

Started happening yesterday.
I believe you are allowed 4 or 5 "free" articles a month, then the paywall comes into play.

Dax
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Old 09-13-2018, 09:30 AM
 
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I believe you are allowed 4 or 5 "free" articles a month, then the paywall comes into play.

Dax
Oh, dear, I guess I exceeded my limit, then. Thanks for the info. Dang, I really wanted to read that story about the guy who made a fortune re-selling stolen postage stamps.

Well, I guess I'll wait until October and be a bit more judicious on the "free" articles I select.
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:18 PM
 
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I believe you are allowed 4 or 5 "free" articles a month, then the paywall comes into play.

Dax

Unless they've changed it I believe this is the case. I never even hit the limit on free articles so I'm not sure. It's worth noting that multiple viewings of the same article have in the past appeared to count towards one's monthly freebie limit.
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:13 AM
 
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Newspapers are going to disappear, so they're resorting to desperate measures.
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Old 10-02-2018, 11:27 PM
 
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ocalapost.com seems to give a lot of free news
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