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Old 01-24-2013, 05:05 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, 10:36 PM   #31
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why would you need more than 1 paper?



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Old 01-24-2013, 10:38 PM   #32
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:41 PM   #33
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maybe in Salvador



Nah, just in Rio.




Okay, on the outskirts and in the shitty (pun intended) parts of Salvador.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:04 PM   #34
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I call ****ing bullshit on never having a land line.
I'm 29 and since moving out of my parents' house, I've never had one. I've had the same cell number since I was 14, and that's about all I need.

I've never had a newspaper subscription either, and none of my friends have either, that I know of.

That's really not uncommon.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:00 AM   #35
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I am still able to read all the KC Star.com content for free.

Maybe the paywall only applies to people in the KC area?

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:12 AM   #36
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I threw the Star off a truck in Independence all thru High School, and I've had a personal subscription since 1978, even when I went to Mizzou I got the paper there too. So I've been a subscriber for 35 years. No wonder newspapers are dying. Hey, if they need to charge for online content now, that's fine. But give me the option of whether or not I want to pay for access to it. Don't just throw it onto my bill and hope to slide it by me. And customer service in the Philippines? WTF is that????
Out sourcing because it saves them money. Just like most call centers are outside of the US.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:51 AM   #37
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What's a library? They still have those?
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:24 AM   #38
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Old 01-25-2013, 10:27 AM   #39
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People still read the newspaper?
I just can't get comfy trying to take a dump and balance my laptop at the same time.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:33 AM   #40
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What's a library? They still have those?
Its funny you said that- there are lots of folks that have No clue what a library is- peretty sad. They walk in and can't grasp the concept that you get books, ebooks, music and DVDs all free.

I havn't rented a movie in years. Through World Cat you can link to Every library in the country and get any movie you can think of- no charge.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:46 AM   #41
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I think i remember reading that the NOLA newspaper was the first big city newspaper to go to only printing 3 or 4 days a week. How much longer until other cities do the same?
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:52 AM   #42
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:55 AM   #43
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I can see getting the Star, as it would have news I would be interested in. It is also nice to have something physical in your hands like George says. Besides old newspapers are handy for a lot of stuff.

We get the Chicago Tribune up here for the Mrs. but I only look at the back page of the sports to see the MO Valley standings (No big 12!) and what games are going to be on the tube.

I get my news on the internet though, and never did care for the rest of the paper. We could easily do without it.
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Old 01-25-2013, 12:15 PM   #45
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