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Globe upping home-delivery fees again, but by variable amounts

We get the Sunday Globe, and today got some e-mail:

Your new weekly rate will be $8.10.

Yes, for one Sunday paper. David Belson, though, reports his new rate for the same paper is $7.10. Ed G. reports his new rate is $8.40. Bob P. reports a new rate of $7.50. DME reports $8.30.

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My parents would get the globe delivered during the week and Saturdays and then we would go out to get the Sunday Paper somewhere else. It doesn't seem that long ago when the Globe was 25 cents at the store and the Sunday Globe was $1. I don't think I remember it much cheaper than that. (I was born in the 1970s)

$8 is insane though. I mean that is silly.

Yea, I know, Cool story bro and all that.

EDIT: I just did a quick search on the globe site to see what they would charge me in my zip code. It says $7.17 a week for the first 16 weeks for 7 day delivery OR Sunday Delivery only for $2.25 for Sunday only.

So I guess I have no idea how much it would cost after that so I'll just shut up and listen...

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Did you see that dress Cardi B wore to the Grammy's ? To die for ! I told Daddy I wanted something that would get me to the top of the list, he said he wanted me to try a California potato chip, so we compromised and he decided to raise revenue so we could all be happy.

If you can't afford it, don't read it. It is only for intellectuals that run the town, not internet toilers who try to get their information for free.

You get what you pay for. If you want top shelf talent like Adrian Walker mocking the City Council in the paper today, you need to pony up!

#AllabouttheBenjamins
#Metoo

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that raising the minimum wage to $12/hr would make things cost more?

Newspaper deliveries, restaurant meals (cafe at work just raised it's prices by about a dollar), groceries...ain't nothin for free folks.

When I first came to the great blue beacon of Massachusetts over a decade ago, the federal and state minimum wage was $6.25 and I could get a soup and sandwich lunch for $4.10. Now, over $8. Who would have figured?

Good thing my white collar salary doubled too. I'd hate to think what's going on with folks whose possibly-not-white-collar salary didn't double over the last decade. Like folks who were making the magic $15/hr ten years ago and are now up to (gasp!) $20/hr. Could be that all the feel-good socialism around here is adversely affecting their ability to make a living. 'Cuz ya know...they have to buy food too.

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One of the things that often gets left out of discussions about immigration is how it has affected the construction trades. Many immigrants (legal and otherwise) often work the construction trades and are willing to work for very competitive wages.

There are workers I know who were making $25 an hour 25 years ago which was a decent salary, who are now making $27 an hour which with the cost of living is less than they previously made in real dollars.

Luckily in Boston there are many white collar jobs and the salaries have gone up at a higher percentage but in my field of construction I know many, many people who have had stagnant wages at best.

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I am going to call you out on your shit.

that raising the minimum wage to $12/hr would make things cost more?

Please cite where the statement above has to do with Globe Subscription rates?

Right, you dont have one and just wanted to spew some talking points...

Also your white collar salary increased due to cost of living and merit. Nothing else.

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I don't know what things you really know about, but newspaper economics is clearly not one of them, because this has nothing to do with the minimum wage in Massachusetts. I'm sure if you Google "newspaper publishing economics" or "the death of print" or something similar, you can find several articles that will help explain what's happening to newspapers in general.

The Globe in particular has realized print is dying and is trying to extract as much as it can from the medium while it transitions to online, which sucks for the dwindling number of us who still get it on paper, but at least they're trying, unlike the owners of the Herald, whose strategy is more just trying to extract as much as it can from the medium, period, and then walk away (or find some sucker to pick up the hollow shell of what's left).

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I conclude that the number of those things is a number VERY close to 0.

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its almost like antiquated technology needs more $$$$ to support

also, if its antiquated, where's all the money for the improvements going? the whole point of a technology being antiquated means that the new technology is generating more money and efficiency for the economy...

but us barely raising the poverty wage to a-little-more-but-still-in-poverty wage is to blame for the newspaper price increase? really?

all the money from innovations are going to the top, really doesnt take a scholar to figure it out

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It would be beneficial to us, to you, and to the world at large if you bothered to understand literally anything before you let thoughts escape from your head.

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What about rising property rents? That seems like a big factor in the wane of cheapo restaurant meals.

Can you tie that to the minimum wage?

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If I rent out (half) a floor of my triple decker to a two-income family where both earners make minimum wage...and their minimum wage doubles...then I can up their rent without feeling guilty since I know they've got more money to pay it.

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Students home paper delivery Rate ....?
Seniors home paper delivery Rate 16.40 a week
Promotional home paper delivery Rates ....?
Coupon program ....?
....?

Donor Rate for contributing subscription paper delivery to a favorite branch public library ....?

What Boston neighborhood has the lowest rate for home paper delivery, what's the rate?...

What neighborhood in the City of Boston has the highest rate for home paper delivery, what's the rate?...

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i was a paperboy when i was 12. this was the old days when the little boys and girls had to go around every week to the customers to COLLECT!!! i cant even imagine sending 11 and 12 year old out into the dark winter night to collect a few dollars for the globe now. i met some weird people. once a woman opened the door naked, she told me to wait a moment and went to get her purse. came back to the door, still totally nude and paid me. i dont remember the tip.

by the time i was 14 or 15 i had moved up. i spent my friday nights and saturday afternoons subbing the sunday globes. this is when you put the paper together by section. by sunday morning all the sections were subbed and all the delivery driver had to do was slip the daily news section into the rest of the sunday paper and deliver.

i loved peter gammons but I was always a herald guy.

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Yes, Sundays were the worst as a paperboy, It's 4am and I'm on my knees in the street putting the coupon inserts/Parade into the regular paper.

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My uncle owned A. J. Hastings Newsdealer And Stationer in Amherst (it's still in the family, support independent retailers) and part of that business was being the central newspaper distributor for the whole Amherst-Northampton area. The holiday newspaper editions were always the largest, having all kinds of inserts and special features, and the holidays were also the days when he was short of staff. So he had to go into the store at 5 AM on Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings and stay there until everything had been delivered, if not deliver some of the routes himself. That especially upset visiting young nephews and nieces on Christmas who had to patiently wait for presents until my uncle got home ...

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I've assumed the rapidly increasing delivery rate is trying to make up for the loss of ad revenue that I keep hearing about. Not to mention lack of sales in coffee-shops, corner news-boxes, etc.

I've tried Googling actual data on how much newpaper revenue used to be from ads vs print, but never quite found the answer. When the paper was 25 or 50 cents, I assume they made most of their money via Ads and the 50 cents was just gravy.

Happy if anyone has actual data to put behind my wild-guess-assumptions.

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like my mom. She only gets news from TV or printed newspapers. The Globe is a sad shadow of the NYT or WSJ, and less and less worth the asking prices.

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After all, this is 2019 and all of us in the great blue beacon of Massachusetts are young, healthy, fit, woke, and have enough disposable income to have the latest iGizmo in our hands every year.

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