Beginning Monday, the newsstand price of the Observer rises to 75 cents Monday through Saturday and to $2 on Sunday, to help meet the costs of producing the newspaper.
This marks the first price increase for a single copy of the weekday newspaper in 18 years, the first for the Sunday paper in 14 years.
Other area newspapers similarly have raised newsstand prices recently. While rare for the Observer, this move will help us continue to provide readers the most comprehensive reporting of news and information in the Charlotte region.
Also, the new rates still compare favorably with those of other widely sold newspapers, including USA Today ($1 daily), The Wall Street Journal ($2 daily) and The New York Times ($1.50 daily; $5 Sunday).
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The News & Observer has instituted an identical increase.
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UPDATE: Lots of complaints about the increase in the comments at the Observer. Here's one:"This is a bad move. Those of us who care about Charlotte aren't going to pay 75 cents for a paper that is available for free online. Frankly, your content isn't worth that. Everything except the local news is available elsewhere sooner and your local coverage except for the occasional blockbuster sucks. Your coverage of the financial meltdown has been appallingly bad because you just look like you're out of the loop on the big stories..."