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The U-T has boosted the price of its street-sales papers to $1.50 from $1.00, confirmed Harry Woldt, circulation director. He does not expect street sales to go down much as a result of the boost, and the higher price should offset any sales loss in revenue to the company, he says.

He would not say what percentage street sales are of total sales. Asked other questions, he said, "We don't talk about strategies."

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BlueSouthPark April 11, 2014 @ 6:16 p.m.

Hey, great news. Now I'm saving $1.50 every time I don't buy it. That's MY strategy.


Don Bauder April 11, 2014 @ 8:04 p.m.

BlueSouthPark: The young son of former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara came home and told his dad, "I saved 25 cents today by walking home and not taking the bus."

The elder McNamara replied, "Tomorrow save $5 by not taking a taxi." Best, Don Bauder


Visduh April 11, 2014 @ 7:40 p.m.

Here in No County, there are various hucksters selling the Mill at many, many intersections. Most that I know of are from the Alpha Project, or similar social welfare efforts. When they sell a paper, how much do they get, and how much does the bossman get?

Who would pay in excess of a dollar for the incredible shrunken newspaper? Not I, sayeth the duck. Or will those street peddlers still sell for $1 or less? Contrary to what Woldt says, I'd guess that such sales will fall again. But then again, does anybody at the Mill really care about the paper or the long term or whether the rag will survive?


Don Bauder April 11, 2014 @ 8:11 p.m.

viewer: You make a point, but what does it have to do with newspaper street sales? Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder April 11, 2014 @ 8:09 p.m.

Visduh: Trouble is, under current rules of the Alliance for Audited Media, a paper sold for one penny counts as paid circulation. We know that the U-T has sold its Sunday papers to churches and other nonprofit organizations, for pennies each, or maybe a penny each. The nonprofits then turn around and sell the papers at full price to members as a fundraising method, and the U-T counts the low-ball sales as paid circulation. Best, Don Bauder


Scott Marks April 13, 2014 @ 7:31 a.m.

For an investment of 4 quarters, the enterprising street people remove from the box as many papers as they can carry to their intersection newsstands. Better the profit goes to supporting a bum's meth habits than Papa Doug's lavish lifestyle.


Don Bauder April 13, 2014 @ 8:05 a.m.

Scott Marks: That's one way of looking at it. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 April 13, 2014 @ 3:49 a.m.

Don, one more report on the decline and fall of books and newspapers.

Thus the paramount question becomes, will www lead us to utopia or dystopia?

I wonder how we are doing with this?


Don Bauder April 13, 2014 @ 6:55 a.m.

Anon92107: What happens if hackers shut down the whole Internet? That possibility is being discussed. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 April 13, 2014 @ 10:41 a.m.

Hmmm, Don, which is worse, having the Internet shut down or having to read the U-T which should be renamed:

San Diego Daily Hemlock

MOTTO: Death to Truth and Morality


Don Bauder April 13, 2014 @ 7:04 p.m.

Anon92107: If the Internet shuts down, newspapers will pick up the slack. Some are waiting around for that to happen. Best, Don Bauder


Frederick Simson April 13, 2014 @ 4:58 p.m.

So that explains my U-T subscription price rising from $21.02 to $21.83 this month. I subscribe to the LA Times for news, and the U-T out of habit. But the U-T has more comics... some of which are even in the comics section.


Don Bauder April 13, 2014 @ 7:07 p.m.

Frederick Simson: Try this: call and say you want to cancel your subscription. They will offer you a deal. If you really don't care about the paper, don't take the first offer. Cancel. They will continue delivering papers to your home. Call up and complain. Then they will probably make another offer at an even cheaper price. Best, Don Bauder


Anon92107 April 14, 2014 @ 3:57 a.m.

Don, Manchester has driven the U-T into the sewer and he is totally incapable of saving it at this point.

Newspapers must represent the heart and soul of the community, supporting cultural values such as education, equality, Balboa Park, the Opera, etc., but he doesn't really give a damn about anything but his playboy lifestyle and a football stadium named after him.

Manchester and his board of sycophant editors do not represent the community so there is no reason to continue subscribing.


Don Bauder April 14, 2014 @ 6:26 a.m.

Anon92107: It's not all Manchester's fault. Metropolitan daily newspapers have taken a hit everywhere. Manchester is pandering to the lowest common denominator, and to the redneck market. I'm not sure that's where the market is currently. Best, Don Bauder


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