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Getting the Sunday Inserts: How to buy in bulk?

blackleatherrai 728 October 16, 2009 at 06:56 AM in Question
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Well, I've just been on the phone with the local paper's circulation department, letting them know that this weekend I'm looking at purchasing 2 dozen papers and want to know if I can get an ongoing subscription discount if I have something like a dozen or so papers delivered every Sunday. After putting me on hold and talking with his manager, I was completely stonewalled - there are no discounts available, I'm SOL, and no they won't put me in touch with my local carrier to discuss one on one.

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Annoying.

It seems to me that paying $1.50 per paper (PLUS TAX!!) is just silly when all I want is the inserts. It seems to me that the newspaper business is hurting enough that I should be able to get bulk discounts, but I've been smacked down.

For those of you who are buying 20, 30, 40 papers at a time, you're not really paying full price for these things, are you? I do realize that $1.50 is a small price to pay when you're using Qs worth hundreds, but still - paying full price for an in bulk item just seems silly.

Any tips for the newbs here on how to get a good price on these things? Where can I look for a source of either just the inserts (on Sunday - no mailing off for them), or for cheaper papers in bulk? Confused
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Last Edited by AlanChiras October 17, 2009 at 03:59 AM
The Miami Hearld has what is called the Early Sunday edition on Saturday for 50 cents with ALL the Sunday inserts!! It's great. Check to see if your paper does the same.

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I'm always sort of amazed when I see people complaining about the sunday papers costing $1.50 (not being critical) because where I live in Boston, the Sunday Globe is $3.50 and so if I wanted an extra insert, I would need to shell out $3.50 and most weeks it is not worth it.

I'm also eager to hear how people get cheap inserts. I mean, I would pay $1.50 for them without blinking an eye but $3.50 makes it seldom worth it.

What I do is just buy coupons on ebay. When there is a coupon I use a lot, I buy 20 of it for $1 or so on ebay and that makes more sense to me than buying the whole insert since there are usually only 1 or 2 coupons I would want multiples of. However, there are lots of times when I could use 2 or 3 of a coupon and then, I would rather buy an insert for 1.50
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wave I typically buy 5 at the Dollar store per week.

5 papers x $1/each = $5 X 50 weeks (excludes some more due to holidays) $250/YR on average - good weeks I buy 6-8.

Seriously, $250/yr for papers? Some would tell me I'm nuts but even if I use 1 coupon from each paper.... I got my money back. And, we all know you use more than 1!

I also make my mom, F-M-I-L, landlord of my work building & her neighbor friend, and BF (work paper) save the inserts they get. So, atleast 10 per week.
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There are a TON of free newspapers in this area. They come out once a week, some on Wednesdays, some on Thursdays and some on Fridays. More and more of them are carrying the coupon inserts. Many of them carry the SS inserts; I've only found one that carries the RP. The inserts are slightly different than the ones in the regular Sunday paper, but most of the same coupons, and usually all the "hot" ones. They only started carrying the inserts recently, maybe because of the hurting economy??? Dontknow In any case, if there are any free weekly papers in your area, check them out!!! nod

The regular Sunday paper is only $1.50 here and has really good coupons, but I rarely buy extra anymore, since I can get as many free ones as I want.
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At my Dollar Store they sell only the local paper for $1 and their inserts are really bad. Have to buy next big city paper (Chicago Tribune in my case) to get the "good inserts" ... for $3 Smilie
I always get 10 and try to buy them at CVS and work them with $/$$ coupons, funny thing is that two or three stores still sell them at old price $1.99 Big Grin.
When there is only one insert in the paper, then is not worthy to buy the whole paper and I buy them from somebody at AFC, usually .25 per insert plus shipping.
PM me if you need more info from AFC.

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A while back...I read on a B&M forum that someone dumpster dives for the inserts.
First they found out who their local newspaper delivery person was, asked them what do they do with the extra inserts they received and then found out around what time and which dumpster they recycle them....

Some people have found sucess going to School recycling bins?

I'm not really sure, I would like to know as well.

I tried emailing my local newspaper and no one responded to my requests.
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I'm trying to figure out who my local paper delivery person is for the same reason, sacgirlpt - I'm hoping one of my neighbors may have the person's information, since they're old-fashioned and probably pay the person directly. My fingers are crossed!

Cookie, you have a PM from me. Thank you!

fitnessfan, we do have two free papers in the area. I'll check them out, but I have never seen inserts in them. We'll see how that goes!! Big Grin

Thank you all for your help!
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I buy two usually a week. I get them from CVS or WAG's. Both places, I haven't had issues using ECB's or RR's for them. But, it getting difficult to find the local paper that sells out first at $1.25. For the major near by city, their paper is charging $2 for customers outside their county. So, I tend to be late on getting the local paper. The local paper could produce more papers and bring in more money for the Sunday paper, since they're cheaper.

Also, neighbors (who don't remember or have time for coupons), family co-workers, or friends. They are good sources for the inserts.

My local recycling always collects the coupons from people that actual take the time to bring them in. But, it sounds like they give them all to just one family that is in really big need of them. I think few people bring them in. I though of volunteering there just to score some inserts.

During a garage sale last year, in my web listings. I posted to bring in coupons for some free items. But, there were 0 takers on the deal.

I've heard some papers have free Spanish version that have the same exact inserts and the English version. I've heard of people going to their local newspaper office and they have the inserts from time to time.

I will have to check out the local dollar stores to see if they sell papers on the cheap.
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We get something put in our paper around Christmas time containing a greeting from the carrier and his address. Not sure what I think about blatantly soliciting a Christmas "extra", but I guess it never hurts to ask and there is no other way I could know his info.

In the worst case, you could wake up at 5:00 AM or whenever they throw the paper and just flag them down.

Our newspaper offers a "twofer" (2 for $2.89) and I usually buy between 6 to 10 papers at that price every week. Most of the time I get them for "free" with RRs accumulated the previous week. I usually do not have time to do more than 10 of any coupon deal, so getting more is just wasting money. If I need more than 10 copies of a coupon, I'll get them off of eBay.

I have heard that the Dollar Tree sells the Sunday paper for a dollar, but there is not one near enough to me to justify the 0.89 cents saved.

I know there are places out there a la thecouponclippers.com where you can buy whole inserts, but I've never checked that out.
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Ooh, an update. I had been calling Family Dollar and Dollar General up until now to find cheaper papers. In my area, Family Dollar doesn't sell papers, and Dollar General doesn't discount them.

...but we have a Dollar Tree!!!! Dollar Tree marks the $1.50 Sunday papers down to $1.00 apiece. They open at 10 on Sunday and are very close to my closest Wags. Most likely, I'll be heading there on Sunday mornings and then hitting Wags immediately after.

I'd still like to be able to buy just the inserts, so I'll keep looking for better deals, but this helps a lot.
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There are a TON of free newspapers in this area. They come out once a week, some on Wednesdays, some on Thursdays and some on Fridays. More and more of them are carrying the coupon inserts. Many of them carry the SS inserts; I've only found one that carries the RP. The inserts are slightly different than the ones in the regular Sunday paper, but most of the same coupons, and usually all the "hot" ones. They only started carrying the inserts recently, maybe because of the hurting economy??? Dontknow In any case, if there are any free weekly papers in your area, check them out!!! nod

The regular Sunday paper is only $1.50 here and has really good coupons, but I rarely buy extra anymore, since I can get as many free ones as I want.
Whats the name of the free papers and where would you find them? I wouldn't image the paper stores would have them.
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Whats the name of the free papers and where would you find them? I wouldn't image the paper stores would have them.
Do you live in the DC area? Check the nearest metro station. They have tons of boxes of different free newspapers. Also, I often find the free papers near the entrance at CVS.

I couldn't begin to list the names of all the different free papers that carry the inserts, as they vary by region. For example, friends in Fairfax City get different free papers than I do here in Alexandria, even though we're in the same county.
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I, too, pick up several papers on Sunday morning from the Dollar Store for $1 each. I have to get there when it opens because they only get a few papers and they go fast. As a bonus, a couple of weeks ago, the papers were half price at $.50.

I tried tipping my delivery person extra money to bring me an extra paper, but that didn't work for long - I think the delivery person changed.

I also have networked with family, friends and co-workers to get their inserts when they're finished with them. One of my co-workers buys about 4 papers each week. And some of the co-workers collect from their families.

I get an extra paper (Sun Plus) delivered to my house once a week that carries the Smartsource inserts. Some of my neighbors in my townhouse community don't pick up the one in front of their house (some of the houses are vacant) - more inserts for me!

And the local paper (Booster, Times, etc.) is left in piles at my mom's retirement village so I ask her to pick up as many as she feels comfortable getting. If I'm over there, I pick up more!
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On Monday's one of my local Giant Eagle supermarkets marks the local paper down from $1.50 to .75 cents. A few other stores around here do that too.

I get most of my qs at a local q swap. Some of the ladies bring in stacks of untouched inserts. One gets them from the post office. She lives in an area where they send out the good Red Plums. A few of the others have pooled their resources and buy uncut inserts from a seller on the East Coast. One lady gets hers from what's left over at the local convenience store. I tried that, but they told me they have to give the unsold papers back with the inserts.
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