What would you be willing to pay for online? It was just announced that the New York Times is going to start charging in early 2011. They plan to let you read a certain amount for free and when you exceed that you’ll be charged.
This got me to thinking and Paul and I to talking. We always had the paper delivered to our house in Minneapolis. When we moved it got delivered with our mail very late in the afternoon but why bother reading the paper when the day is over? I LOVED getting up and having my coffee while reading the paper so we just quit getting it.
Paul said he wouldn’t pay for it online but I think I would. We paid for it before and why should you not pay for it online? I mean, those people who are reporting and writing, don’t you think they deserve to be paid? Newspapers are going out of business left and right and I’m kind of wondering why people think you shouldn’t have to pay for the news or something that you’re going to use. I kind of think what the NYT are doing is a neat thing. If you just want to pop over there, they’ll let you read for free until you reach a certain point. I just kind of feel bad for all those people doing a job that nobody seems to think anything about. It’s not free to put together the news. I wouldn’t want to pay for every place I went online but for example, our local news, WCCO is a site I go to ALL THE TIME. I wouldn’t mind paying a monthly fee for using it.
Then it got me to thinking about all the other “free sites” I go to and whether or not I’d pay to go to them. I spend an awful lot of time at Facebook. Be it talking to friends and family or playing all the fun games over there that Paul and I play, I think I’d be willing to pay for that site too. We use it so much and it gives us a lot of enjoyment.
I think the problem is these things all started out free and people are so used to getting them for free, they’re just aghast to think about paying for them. I mean, I might not have joined Facebook way back when I did if I’d of had to pay for it. But now that I’ve reconnected with so many people and have so much fun on it, I’d pay for it. I’m positive I would.
The other thing this has me thinking is what about the people who do pay for the newspaper? Do they pay the cost of living increases for those of us who only read it online? Say for example People magazine. Magazines have websites too and most of them are free. There is MUCH more in the magazine but still, do I pay more for my magazine so people can look at it for free online?
Just what to do you online that you wouldn’t pay for. What about what you would pay for?