I've subscribed to the Statesman Journal for 40 years. Today I cancelled my subscription (for 30 days), because this will save me $510 in 2018 -- following the outrageous Monday-Sunday home delivery rate increase from $44 to $59.01 that takes effect December 1.
(What's up with that one cent?)
That's a 34% increase, which is on top of a 14% increase last March.
In June I wrote a pissed-off blog post, "Statesman Journal outrage: new subscribers charged half of what loyal subscribers pay." Now the situation is even worse. New subscribers are being charged a bit over a third of what us long-time subscribers are paying.
New subscribers are still getting the same sweet deal: $11 a month for Monday-Sunday home delivery for the first six months, then $22 a month after that.
So I decided to stop being a ripped-off old subscriber and switch to being a new subscriber. Here's how I will save $510 next year on our Statesman Journal subscription.
I cancelled via chat after being told I'd have to unsubscribe for 30 days before being able to get the new subscriber rate of $11 for the first six months, and $22 a month after that. So I figure we'll save $510.12 in 2018, compared to paying the ridiculously high rate of $59.01 a month that would have started on December 1.
I don't want the Statesman Journal to go out of business. I don't want any newspaper to go out of business.
But I can't tolerate being ripped off by Barbara Smith, VP Customer Service for Gannett/USA Today, who sent the notice that our subscription is going to cost that weirdly precise $59.01 come December 1.
I'll probably buy a paper at a convenience store for 30 days, then happily sign up in January as a new customer who will start off by paying $11 a month rather that $59.01 a month.