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Would You Care If Your Local Paper Stopped Home Delivery?

Detroit's major newspapers the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News will no longer greet residents on their front porches every morning, as these papers are the first in the US to end daily home delivery. The newspapers decided to cut service down to three days a week, thanks to the cost of ink, fuel, and paper. Since 2002, both papers have seen about a 20 percent decrease in circulation.

Newspaper delivery boys and girls (or adults) will still be able to make a dime on Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. In addition, print addicts can pick up a tangible copy at the newsstand. For $12 a month, subscribers will get the three day delivery service, as well as a daily email delivery. The papers can also be read online. It doesn't sound so bad!

Considering the popularity of email, maybe home mail delivery will be the next to go, requiring everyone to go to the post office when they need to pick up an item.


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UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I still have a daily subscription. I have an hour after work where I sit and read, and my kids know that this is "daddy's down time." They are welcome to come sit on my lap, and I'll read the paper to them, but there is no horseplay (with daddy), until after the paper is read. Of course, if they sit on my lap, the stories I read have nothing in common with the news, and the horseplay usually begins much sooner... ;)
janneth janneth 8 years
But for news and politics, I get online.
janneth janneth 8 years
I prefer print on Sundays because of the ads and the crossword puzzles, the real estate section. I like the movie reviews on Friday. And my household needs the local sports every day. I also like the food and home sections.
janneth janneth 8 years
Right, eliminate Saturday.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I never get papers delivered anymore--I always forget to recycle them promptly, and they turn my place into something similar to a giant kitty litter box. But I hope the print newspaper industry sticks around at least for a while longer. Nothing like sitting down to Sunday brunch with the paper.
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I'm a former newspaper employee so this is a big deal to me. It's going to alienate a lot of traditional newspaper readers, the 50+ age group. My parents, for example, don't have the Internet at home and they probably wouldn't take time to go online at work. And you can't fit a whole newspaper into an e-mail! Or, as my mom says ... you can't take a computer in the bathtub with you (that's where she does most of her reading). If they can use the money saved from this to figure out how to make money from online news, then it might be worth it - particularly since the younger generation isn't in the newspaper habit anyway. But overall, I have a bad feeling about this. Another option might have been to eliminate the Saturday paper altogether, since it's not a high-sale day. My hometown paper doesn't publish on Saturday and everyone's fine; there's never much news that day anyway. And what news does happen, you just move to the Sunday edition.
beavis667 beavis667 8 years
Along with delivery, the papers themselves could go away and that would be fine with me. It seems like such a waste to use paper on news.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I said no but i didn't think about the store fliers... no black friday ads????
Pegona Pegona 8 years
I had an weekday home delivery of my newspaper of choice for a couple of years. Having the crossword puzzle at my fingertips was nice, but in general it was more of a pain than a pleasure. Papers piled up around my house because if I ever missed reading a day, I felt guilty throwing it away. I still subscribe to a couple of magazines, though. They're more convenient for on-the-go reading than either a newspaper or a cellphone and I have more time to read a whole issue over the course of a week or month. When I'm done, I toss them with no qualms.
piper23 piper23 8 years
I get my news from the internets.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 8 years
yes!!! i love getting the paper on the weekends, i feel like such an informed citizen for those few days lol, and i love looking through store fliers!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I always get the just Sunday subscription plan because I like the coupons and knowing what kind of cool events are going on... and I like to read the weddings! :)
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
I cancelled my just seemed like there was less and less news to read and it was all filler and ads. When I realized that reading the paper was taking me five minutes, I cancelled. I was going to get the weekend paper delivered asmy husband reads the tv listings religiously in order to dvr all his shows, but found that the listings are online. The newspaper has an online site and has all the news stories available and a lot of the filler content. I never thought I'd be one to give up paper for online, but I'm much happier, my credit card bill is less and my recycling bin is much lighter every week.
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