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kim at holburn.net
Tue Mar 30 14:26:06 EST 2010
On 2010/Mar/30, at 2:01 PM, David Goldstein wrote:
> Your price comparison is arguably artificial given that for the
> previous 5 years, up until about 9 months ago, the price comparison
> was over $2, and up to to $2.50. From memory the New York Times is US
> $5 on Sundays. So Australian newspapers ARE cheap.
Not in a major way. There's a difference between costs compared by a
currency conversion and the costs as say a percentage of the average
wage. Even a double the price I think you'll find newspaper costs are
reasonably comparable. IAMAE (I'm not an economist) though. Actually
Chinese papers are much cheaper by your yardstick.
> As for the Metro in Europe being free, well, there are free
> newspapers in Australia too of the same quality.
By what metric do you measure quality?
> And of course, if Adelaide's citizens were so unimpressed with their
> newspapers, there would be some willing entrepreneur who could start
> another paper.
I know some people who tried. The incumbent paper reacted big time
and they were frozen out of newsagents.
> Or Fairfax. Oops. Same deal really.
There's a reason we're not seeing new major daily newspapers being
> And of course, there's no need to buy the Advertiser, or any other
> Murdoch newspaper. As you keep saying, there is news for free online.
So far. And of course some people like the smell of the paper, the
blackening of the fingers etc.
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