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Old 07-16-2012, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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Default How much do you tip your newspaper delivery person?

It's time once again for me to re-up my subscription to the N&O. I know the paper has declined lately, but I just can't let go yet (what can I say, I love the puzzles).

I've always had good luck with delivery - very few missed papers and it's always there on time [knock on wood]. So despite my issues with the content I want to make sure my delivery person is happy and they know I appreciate them.

I've tipped in the past, but I have no idea if it was adequate or what, so I ask y'all, what (if anything) do you tip your delivery person? Do you do it by percentage of your subscription fee? Just a flat rate you've come up with?

Also, if you do tip, how do you go about it? Do you do you add your tip when you re-up your subscription online (this is how I've done it in the past), add it into a check you send in, or use some other method? I know waitstaff in restaurants often prefer to be tipped in cash instead of on a credit card slip, but I can't think of how I might go about that in this scenario if it's the more appreciated method.

Thanks!
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Zero.

I don't tip people I have absolutely no contact with.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:43 AM
 
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I ususally tip (10%) based on my subscription amount. Like the OP I have no idea if this is adequate or not but I think it's reasonable. Usually leave the tip by the online method.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Apex, NC
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Zero.

I don't tip people I have absolutely no contact with.
I was about to say. People still buy newspapers?
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:58 AM
 
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It's time once again for me to re-up my subscription to the N&O. I know the paper has declined lately, but I just can't let go yet (what can I say, I love the puzzles).

I've always had good luck with delivery - very few missed papers and it's always there on time [knock on wood]. So despite my issues with the content I want to make sure my delivery person is happy and they know I appreciate them.

I've tipped in the past, but I have no idea if it was adequate or what, so I ask y'all, what (if anything) do you tip your delivery person? Do you do it by percentage of your subscription fee? Just a flat rate you've come up with?

Also, if you do tip, how do you go about it? Do you do you add your tip when you re-up your subscription online (this is how I've done it in the past), add it into a check you send in, or use some other method? I know waitstaff in restaurants often prefer to be tipped in cash instead of on a credit card slip, but I can't think of how I might go about that in this scenario if it's the more appreciated method.

Thanks!
From what I understand etiquette says that for daily service you tip $25-$50 at Christmas and for weekend service you tip $10 at Christmas.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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People still buy newspapers?
Technically, the newspaper buys itself for me thanks to coupons. But yes, I still receive and read the local newspaper daily. I also have a digital subscription to the New York Times that I read on my iPad.
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Old 07-16-2012, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Downtown Raleigh
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I was about to say. People still buy newspapers?
Yep. For me, as I said, I like the puzzles. If I could find a source for 4 different number/word puzzles that increased in difficulty through out the week for around what I pay for my N&O subscription, I'd gladly take it. However I've yet to find something else that provides this (either in print of some kind or my kindle) so I'll stick with my newspaper until then.
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Old 07-16-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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When I had good delivery I tipped $25 a year but my current delivery is awful with lots of times the paper never arriving so I no longer tip. If I get a new carrier with better service I will start tipping again.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:21 AM
 
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I used to tip $20 at Christmas. But this past year, my carrier stuck an envelope with his name & address stamped on it in the paper at the beginning of December. It kind of pissed me off, especially considering the service had been spotty. So I gave him $10. Pish.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:27 AM
 
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I have a circular driveway. House sits back off street. I tip N&O carrier $25/quarter. N&O is on my front porch every morning by 4:30 AM. Best newspaper carrier I have ever had anywhere. Now if I could get a quality daily newspaper. N&O sucks! Yeah, I know, why do I still subscribe? Stupid I guess!
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