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Old 05-10-2009, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Union County, NC
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I must have been asleep when the price increase for the Charlotte Obsever ($2, Sunday edition) was announced. Total sticker shock today - . I imagine the daily increased too.

I'm sure like other industries the cost of business is increasing however, seems like an odd decision since I know I've read about a steady decrease in subscribers/readers. Won't this only lead to more people unsubscribing/foregoing the print for the online edition?


I don't have a business degree so I'm sure I just don't "get it" but I'm struggling with how this will improve their lot ...
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:27 AM
 
Location: Charlotte. Or Detroit.
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Still seems like a bargain to me.

And apparently this is their first weekday increase in 18 years, first Sunday increase in 14 years. Hardly seems unreasonable.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:59 AM
 
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I had heard about the increase earlier in the week..
Actually did NOT buy a paper yesterday for the 1st time in...???

Might as well get ready to add Charlotte Observer to list of banckrupt newspapers..

This paper stinks anyways...usually only 4 pages for sports...cmon...

if you had a better paper, you'd sell more papers, increase advertising and blammo...profit...
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:16 AM
 
Location: Indian Trail
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I have to agree with THESTEM. The paper is really bad. I cancelled my subscription last month and now only buy the sunday at the corner store, and that is only for the coupons for my wife. She picked it up yesterday, I will have to ask her if the price went up.
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Old 05-11-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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It went to $2 on Sunday. Its the only day of the week I buy it due to coupons....

Regarding if its a quality paper, the comments here speak for themselves....
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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and to boot - you can't even get a "sunday only" subscription here...
I know other places I've lived that was one of the choices...
I hope these papers dont get "bailouts"
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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I believe the other days are $.75.

Also, stamps going up $.02 today, so if you didn't buy the forever stamp you'll need some 2 centers.
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:08 AM
 
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I only buy the Sunday edition, all other days are a waste in my opinion :-)
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Old 05-11-2009, 07:30 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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CLT OBS is struggling and no wonder. I won't subscribe - only subscribed for a matter of weeks after we moved back here. Had I been subscribing, I would have canceled my subscription when they decided to outsource their layout to India and laid off their graphic artists, fired a bunch of reporters, putting people out of work. A newspaper should support the community from wh/ they expect THEIR advertising and readership support. Last time I checked, India wasn't located in Charlotte, so the CLT OBS is verboten at my house.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:12 AM
 
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My wife and I do Fri-Sat-Sun at $2.50/week. We just use it for the coupons on Sunday really. Easier for us to pay the $2/month extra and have the Sunday paper delivered than to go to the store every Sunday to pick up a copy.
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