Thursday, February 12, 2009

Should newspapers start charging web visitors for the privilege of reading online articles?

No. (Hat tip: comments)
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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I can't wait for that. You think their hurting now.

Anonymous said...

And I thought it was bad enough for papers to charge for access to archived stories on their Web sites .... geez! Who in their right mind would pay to see their articles ... the same articles that are all over Web? It's absolutely absurd!

Anonymous said...

YES...When the information is free, why would you want to buy a newspaper. If they would have started charging years ago maybe the paper production wouldn't be in the situation it is in today. With Craigslist and other free services, the classified sections and print advertising has caused a big impact on revenue.

Anonymous said...

Sure. Great idea.

No one buys em anyway. So now charge for what people won't buy.

Liberals, don't get business 101.

That's why they're all on the government teat.

Just look at the pork bill. libs at their very best

Anonymous said...

Oh how I wish they would. That would put a quick and painful end to this slow lingering death. Not that I mind their slow lingering death, but listening to how I will miss them, how they are the shepherds of responsible government, and how they are the "responsible" media, tends to wear very thin.

Anonymous said...

Howard Weaver, he has put a good name on the new spinners
“the mutterjarvisdoctor chorus.” They want us to think they have all the answers. The first thing to remember is that these ‘Writing Heads’ sound just like every other liberal, when it comes to getting out of the fix, they helped create in the first place.

We need some kind of Howard Weaver straight-shooting language. Like STFU until you figure out what the hell you are talking about.

Dave D. said...

...Charge ! Charge soon. Charge early and charge often. Charge for reprints of articles, charge for 2 week old weather forecasts, charge for obits. Charge your way oughta this, Gary. Way, way oughta this, into a new world of luxury and prosperity.

Anonymous said...

Worst. Idea. Ever.

Anonymous said...

First you have to come up with a product that people want to buy. Pretty much the same as any business. If you want to succeed, you have to have something that consumers, in a free market, want to buy.

You can not expect advertising revenue if you do not have a circulation base.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the laugh of the day. When conservatives found the web as place to read news with a different point of view, they dropped the liberal press in droves. Why pay for liberal propaganda when you can wade through it on the web for free? The Sacramento Bee's subscription numbers are just an example.
I'm a perfect result of the above. I dropped my subscription almost a year ago because I finally got tired of paying for slanted news. Reading on the web is inconvenient, but what would make the Bee think I would PAY for the privilege to read slanted news again on the web? It just goes to show liberals have never studied economics, or heard of supply and demand.

Anonymous said...

It just goes to show liberals have never studied economics, or heard of supply and demand.
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We don't need no stinking economics. Obama gone give us a central economy and monies will jez appear in my checking account.

Anonymous said...

I don't think MNI knows what news people will buy. If they did, they would not be printing the jumk they do now.

Anonymous said...

Paid content is a losing idea.
It is a waste of time trying to get people to pay for content you know they don't value enough to pay for on a regular basis.