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Old 01-24-2013, 04:05 PM  
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Today's Battle With the KC Star

I got my newspaper bill in the mail yesterday. Started looking at it today over my lunch hour, it's due for payment the first part of Feb. The price went up by about ten bucks for 13 weeks, from around $68 to around $78 for 7-day service. Why? So I call up their customer service -which will connect you with the friendly customer service agents in THE PHILIPPINES- and ask why is it $10 more?

"Bob" the phillipino says "well, you're getting the added benefit of being able to read the Kansas City Star on line, and you can manage your account on line." I tell Bob I don't give a shit about reading the KC Star online, and it was free anyway until they changed the rules on December 5th. And they send me a bill in the mail, and I pay it with online banking, so I don't need to "manage my account online." So please, just take me off the "free online reading lists" and I'll just read the copy they throw in my front yard. After much hemming and hawing, Bob says, OK, and I'm back to $68 for 13 weeks. Fine.

So I hang up with Bob, and start wondering if other Star subscribers have had the same issues. I do some googling, and find this site:

http://www.discountednewspapers.com

These guys offer to give me 26 weeks of the KC Star (twice as long) for $81, with the exact same home delivery. Currently I'll be paying the Star $136 for that same time frame. So I call up the Star Customer Service in the Phillipines again, and get Bob's cousin Juan. I ask Juan how come I'm getting reamed up the ass by the Star, when I can buy twice as many newspapers for $55 less by contracting with an online vendor? Juan says "I don't think that's legal." I tell him, "They carry six Missouri papers, including the Star, The St. Louis Post Dispatch, and the Columbia Tribune. Don't think it's a hoax." So Juan says, "Oh Surprise, we have a "Special" today, where we'll sign you up for an introductory rate of 26 weeks for $72!" I asked him to send that offer to me in writing. So we'll see. Man, I'm tired of playing footsie with these assholes to get their best deal. I've had a seven day subscription since 1978.

Anyway, if you take the Star, you may want to call their customer service and re-negotiate your deal. Or buy it online from a different vendor.

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Old 01-24-2013, 05:46 PM   #16
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Wtf? People still buy newspapers? I didn't even know they were that much. GBlowfish must be the only person keeping the KCStar alive.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:48 PM   #17
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ya all the articles on the kcstar.com website is free on my phone. I dont get what the problem is.
I am thinking it has something to do with the browser.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:54 PM   #18
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Every paper in town is free at the library!!
The what? Is that like a new store at the mall or something?
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:00 PM   #19
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The Star is desperately trying to stay alive.


All the newspapers going out of business is probably not a good thing but the world changes.
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:05 PM   #20
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:07 PM   #21
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Had nothing better to do than quibble over 10 bucks, huh?

Ever heard of supporting a dying newspaper industry? If you like their product that much maybe 10 bucks shouldn't be that big a deal?

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Old 01-24-2013, 07:15 PM   #22
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:37 PM   #23
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ya all the articles on the kcstar.com website is free on my phone. I dont get what the problem is.
The articles on kansascity.com are not the same stories as in the daily paper. They are either just the first couple graphs, or entirely different stories. They're not the same thing.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:38 PM   #24
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Had nothing better to do than quibble over 10 bucks, huh?

Ever heard of supporting a dying newspaper industry? If you like their product that much maybe 10 bucks shouldn't be that big a deal?

CRANKY OLD FART!!!
Old people are on fixed incomes, you smart ass whippersnapper.
Now, where's my stool softener???
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:00 PM   #25
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Sundays only here. We get it as part of a subscription to the Liberty Tribune.

I don't have it, but I have seen their app and it is pretty sweet. If you don't have the full subscription you don't get the app. (At least I think that's how it works)
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:09 PM   #26
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Just like most other 30 year olds, I've never had a land line and I've never subscribed to a newspaper. If print media doesn't rethink their business model, I'm happy to see them go the way of Blockbuster and Borders.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:21 PM   #27
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Wtf? People still buy newspapers? I didn't even know they were that much. GBlowfish must be the only person keeping the KCStar alive.

And for that, I thank him


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Had nothing better to do than quibble over 10 bucks, huh?

Ever heard of supporting a dying newspaper industry? If you like their product that much maybe 10 bucks shouldn't be that big a deal?

CRANKY OLD FART!!!
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Read the Star religiously from 1987-1991 and never paid for it once. Through the week, people would leave copies laying around at UMKC. On the weekend, I was a felon and stole the copies I needed, especially on Sunday. Would never pay for this, or any newspaper.
You thieving no good bastard
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:29 PM   #28
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Do they still sell the Star in those old metal machines you would have to drop your quarters in? I always wondered, what would stop someone from only taking one paper?
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:32 PM   #29
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Do they still sell the Star in those old metal machines you would have to drop your quarters in? I always wondered, what would stop someone from only taking one paper?
why would you need more than 1 paper?



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Old 01-24-2013, 09:34 PM   #30
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