I Don’t Want Any Other Paper But Sunday’s, OK?

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And I barely even want that, mind you. I have been contemplating getting rid of the Sunday LA Times lately, if only because of the sheer amount of paper used to print each one. Most of it is just one giant advertisement anyway; it goes right out to the recycling bin. But to b honest, I keep getting it because it is the one day I try to stay away from the computer in the morning at least and it gives me a chance to read some news on something other than a computer monitor. That all being said though, I had a conversation with a sales rep for the Times the other day and this is how it went:

Her: Good morning. To thank you for being a loyal LA Times subscriber, we are going to go ahead and start sending you the expanded weekend package, including Thursday, Friday and Saturday in addition to the Sunday edition, all at no charge.

Me: No thanks, I only want the Sunday paper. Thanks anyway.

Her: But this is free; don’t you want something free?

Me: No, really, I only want Sunday’s paper.

Her: Can I ask how you get your news then?

Me: The internet…heard of it? (getting sarcastic at this point cause she won’t stop)

Her: But this is the LA Times. We will just go ahead and start sending it to you, OK?

Me: No, you won’t. I only want Sundays newspaper. Are we done here?

Her: I don’t understand…it’s free and how else would you get your news?

Me: It does not matter if you know how I get my news, I only want Sunday’s newspaper.

Her: Are you sure? It’s free!

Me: Please listen to me. I only want Sunday’s paper delivered to my house. Understand? Only Sunday. And if any other days start showing up at my house, I am going to cancel my Sunday subscription all together. OK?

Her: I just don’t get it…we are offering this to you free.

Me: Again, please listen to me. I only want Sunday’s paper delivered to my house. Understand? Only Sunday. And if any other days start showing up at my house, I am going to cancel my Sunday subscription all together. OK?

Her: OK.

Click.

This is how desperate the LA Times is for readers. With the newspaper subscribers dwindling across the country, they are now having their salespeople force the paper on you. I barely even want that 7 pound paper, why would I want more? All the news I get I can find on the internet; I surely don’t need the paper to tell me what is going on in the world. I get it because it is relaxing and something to do away from the computer for an hour or so. I imagine a lot of people got the same call and just said yes, resulting in a bunch more paper that needs to be used for newspapers. But if they call me again with this spiel, I will surely cancel the paper altogether. Anyone else experience sales calls like this one?

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  1. There is an even greater problem because most news on the internet is ultimately provided by newspapers. And even if they never printed another sheet of paper, it still costs money to send reporters out to cover the news and hire other staff to edit and get stories out to the public. If we continue with the status quo, soon there may not be a Sunday L.A. Times, or any other day of the week, paper or not, because they’ll have been forced under by loss of readership.

    Forcing people to accept delivery of more dead trees isn’t going to solve the problem, either. I think sooner rather than later, news articles won’t be free online anymore. We’re very lucky that right now most providers are still willing to give us something for nothing in hopes that we’ll subscribe (ha ha). In order to maintain anything like the current coverage, I think the whole news industry will have to restructure itself.

    Blogs are great, by the way, for getting commentary or special interest information that may otherwise fall by the wayside, but they don’t seem nearly ready to fill the shoes currently occupied by the army of journalists that newspapers employ.

  2. I had more or less the exact same conversation with a representative from the LA Times last week. I finally had to say “Do not send me your paper” again really fast and hang up, because she wouldn’t take no for an answer. Which basically meant that even if I would consider getting the paper in the future, now I won’t because they were so pushy.

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