September 23, 2005

The Exclamation Point Comes Out!

When we spoke yesterday, New York Post reporter Sam Gustin told me that pretty much everyone at his office is, for obvious reasons, amused and delighted by Never Pay Retail. The headline they've given to Gustin's report on the site in today's paper seems to reflect that.

UPDATE: Never Pay Retail is now an international story.

Posted by John Tabin at September 23, 2005 11:46 AM

Wow, you must be very proud.

If people find value in the New York Times stable of columnists (many of the best in the world), they'll pay the roughly 14 cents a day the Times is asking. If not enough of them do, the Times will change its policy.

I'd love an iPod Nano, but unfortunately they're not free. Maybe someone will steal a bunch of them and give them away on a website.

Of course, you're not likely to get it. After all, nobody would pay to read the drivel on your site.

Posted by: Bob Higgins at September 23, 2005 12:55 PM

Bully for you!

Posted by: Michael Dolan at September 23, 2005 01:14 PM

Here's a question: Might William Safire's departure from the NYT Op-Ed (he still has his Magazine column "On Language") some months back have had anything to do with the then developing Times Select plans? In his final column he cited other reasons, which I certainly respect, but I still wonder what his thoughts on this were/are.

The NYT is certainly within its rights to charge for whatever content, but it certainly limits the value of the information. I like the question someone else raised about how the columnists themselves feel about writing for a fenced-off, pay-only audience. Of course in the old pre-internet days you'd have to buy or borrow the paper to read the columns, but information flows have changed.

It's a conundrum: it seems foolish to try to charge for information that seems to find ways to be free (and ridiculous to see the efforts to plug holes), but at the same time one cannot ignore either the issue of intellectual property or the problems news organizations have now in funding quality operations.

I've accessed the NYT online since 1996, and among the columnists read Friedman - or at least used to now - pretty regularly, and some of the other columnists depending on the subjects. It's been a great source of information and analysis. But I won't be subscribing to Times Select even if it means missing a good column or two.

Posted by: DZO at September 23, 2005 10:48 PM

Dude, you are choking the chicken and losing the battle.

Your NYT likned website is down down down,... Fifteen minutes of fame... I've deleted my Never Pay Retail link after having it bookmarked for less than 24 hours... (I did get one free Dowd and one free Kristof - so thanks for (not much) that..... The NYT sux and now, so do you!!!

Posted by: Charles C at September 24, 2005 08:56 PM