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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 buy 1 paper every Sunday ($1.75), if it's a good Q week then I call our local gas station at 6am Monday morning right after they open, the employees are happy to not have to haul all the papers to the dumpster out back, I buy donuts/coffee for the morning crew & score 15-45 papers/week.
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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.

Mad

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
The newspapers won't offer a bulk discount to one person because they make their money from advertisements, not selling the paper. Companies aren't interested in advertising 20 times to one person in a single day's newspaper, so newspapers can't offer an incentive for one person to buy 20 papers. It would be deceptive to the advertisers to do that.

That's actually why it's traditionally not been common for the free papers to have coupon inserts -- the advertisers in the inserts wanted to reach multiple people rather than reach one person multiple times. I don't know why the thinking has changed, but I don't think it's been effective. All of the local papers that have inserts in them are gone on Sundays, but they languish in the dispensers every other day of the week.
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Call your local paper and tell them you want their cheapest rate possible - then turn their offer down. Give them your phone number and tell them to call you when they have a better deal going. Soon they started calling me every few weeks with a new offer. Now I have subscriptions to two papers - one is $1 a week for Sunday only and one is $1 a week for daily and Sunday!
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Call your local paper and tell them you want their cheapest rate possible - then turn their offer down. Give them your phone number and tell them to call you when they have a better deal going. Soon they started calling me every few weeks with a new offer. Now I have subscriptions to two papers - one is $1 a week for Sunday only and one is $1 a week for daily and Sunday!
sacramento Bee has an offer every once in a while. (sunday paper is now up to $2)
$19.99 for 52 weeks of sunday-only delivery.
figure 4 weeks are no inserts, that means $20 for 48 papers. less than 50 cents each.

I use this to see what coupons come out that weekend, and then I base my additional purchases on this knowledge. I go to dollar tree and get the sunday paper for $1.

99cent only stores also sell the newspaper, but they're almost always out of stock by noon.
typical sunday for me is 8 copies of the paper. if there's a $4 gillette fusion Q or a 50 cent california milk Q, I get at least 12 copies.

typically I spend about $40 per month on newspapers Embarrassment but it's worth it for me.
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have: at least 6 inserts every week, willing to trade away any & all pet food Q's. If you've got something I need/want, ask and I may have something you need.
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Just added the Early Sunday edition of The Miami Hearld to the Wiki!!
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I am still paying $1.50 for each Sunday paper. I emailed the circulation dept a while back because a few Sundays in a row 1/2 of the papers did not have the coupons--what a waste!!

The email reply was pretty much-oh well sorry but if they are SHORT of inserts then the subscribers get them first...? I emailed her back how nice but no newspaper delivery in my area..no reply. Then one day I get an email from her with a lot of emails on the distribution list apparently she had added me (by mistake) to her email distribution list of her carriers!

So I have all of the carrier's emails but have not worked up the nerve to email them. shake head

Not sure what I am scared of as long as I don't give any personal info out it should be ok.

Anyone have any suggestions what I would write? I could title the email TOP DOLLAR FOR INSERTS laugh out loud but I don't want to pay top dollar shake head

I also have purchased on Ebay but a lot of times the inserts I find are not as good as my local paper.
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I pay $3.00 for the month for Thur-Sun delivery. The delivery guy normally puts in extra inserts on Sundays. I might still pick up a paper from time to time for $1.50. My work buddy brings me her inserts on Mondays. Lets not forget printing them out as well. I also keep my expired coupons. Right now, I am way over my head in coupons. I am trying to get a system or organizer going. But clearly that is going to take a lot of time. I call it my therapy.
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I thought I had hit pay dirt when I met someone who delivers. She told me that the newspaper threatened to fire them for giving the inserts to anyone.
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man alive I'm so jealous that ya'll have found places for "insider trading" (lol). Our local papers are $2.00 and I *USED* (note past tense) to subscribe. I got so sick & tired of week after week getting a portion of my inserts (ads & coupons both). I would go through the delivered paper and find coupons either completely missing and half of the weekly store ads not included. My husband would then have to go out and buy my paper(s) in order to get ALL the "guts" of the paper. I had called the newspaper "headquarters" & reported the problem a couple of times. The papers would get better for a couple of weeks but then the same thing would happen. This pi$$ed me off beyond belief so I just plain out cancelled our subscription. When they called to ask why (wtf, weren't my 2 previous complaint calls obvious as to *why?*) I told them b/c our carrier was not including everything in the paper. Evidentally our carrier doesn't want anyone else to see the Kmart ads or get coupons, lol. Sure, Kmart sucks & I don't shop there but I'll pricematch their ad at WM at the drop of a hat! :oP
I did the same thing. I though hey i will subscribe so i will MAKE SURE to get 1 copy of the paper with coupons. After few weeks started missing inserts and i thought well guess my paper didnt have it so would not buy any extras. THen one day i bought at store and it had it. I was pissed. I sent email got no response.next 3 weeks was like that I finally got mad and didnt pay the bill for the next subscription when they sent it to me. carrier delived the papers about 3 more weeks. Guess ON HER cause i never paid for them SHe wants to keep my coupons she can pay my paper to.
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If you live near a college campus you may want to take a look there for papers.

My college gets the New York Times, the Daily News and the local paper every day of the week - even Sundays. All the inserts are included. They are free and located throughout the school for the taking. There are hundreds of copies and obviously since Sunday is a slow day on campus, there are a lot of them for the taking and the left overs are recycled Mondays.

May be worth a look.
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I buy about 30 INSERTS only a week. and they cost me $9.00
if I bought the entire paper it would be $15.00 funny this paper during the week is 0.75 but on Sundays it is 0.50
I also have ALL family and friends save their coupons for me, even if they are couponers I ask them to save what they don't use.
What I did was I left a note late on a Saturday night in one of those newspaper dispenser boxes, with my name and number on it. The gentleman (who delivered the Sunday paper) called me back and we struck a deal! I have the opportunity to get 150, but that is too overwhelming for me!

I don't live too close to one anymore, but when I lived near Panera Bread, that would be an excellant place to sit for a couple of hours on a sunday morning. most people read paper and take papers but leave the inserts!
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I only get the Sunday paper. I called the circulation dept. and asked about buying the inserts and she said they are not allowed to remove the inserts from the uncirculated papers. They must be sent to recycle with the inserts included.

That's crazy AND wasteful! Mad
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If you live near a college campus you may want to take a look there for papers.

My college gets the New York Times, the Daily News and the local paper every day of the week - even Sundays. All the inserts are included. They are free and located throughout the school for the taking. There are hundreds of copies and obviously since Sunday is a slow day on campus, there are a lot of them for the taking and the left overs are recycled Mondays.

May be worth a look.
I used to go to school at SUNY Buffalo and they had giant stashes of free Buffalo News Sunday in the dorm area and I just took my pick. Not that I was couponing that much back in college, not much room to store stuff.

Now I just go out late on Sundays at stores and superstuff my paper with more inserts. They only need to return the covers of the unsold copies to get credit back and they chuck the rest. 4 different papers here with inserts so there's usually something left. I wouldn't recommend this strategy unless the store you are going to actually doesn't care about it.
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I used to buy 4 or 5 copies of the local paper for $0.60 each, which is a very good price but they sometimes only had the really thin circulars (sometimes only 5 or 6 coupons in each SS and RP?!?!).

For the past month, I go out to the nearby bodega and dig through their recycling. They usually bundle the papers up on Sunday or Monday nights by the curb. I go just before the midnight recycling truck comes around to get them. Unfortunately, I don't own a car so I'm just their in the middle of the block digging in their recycling under the street lamp. It's a little embarrassing but I'm getting over it, especially now that I don't have a job. I feel like that's a pretty legit excuse if I see someone I know. Lol.

I can usually get somewhere between 20-40 of each circular each week now.
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Now I just go out late on Sundays at stores and superstuff my paper with more inserts. They only need to return the covers of the unsold copies to get credit back and they chuck the rest. 4 different papers here with inserts so there's usually something left. I wouldn't recommend this strategy unless the store you are going to actually doesn't care about it.
Although it is true for The Daily News, NY Post and NYTimes that the vendors get refunds for the unsold papers by sending in the covers - this is NOT true for Newsday. About a year or so ago, Newsday started to require vendors to send in the entire "guts" section of the Sunday paper in order to get credit for them. Newsday now provides the vendor a large brown pre-addressed envlope to send the inserts/ads back in.

(I am assuming that the above papers are the 4 papers you are refering to, bc I am also in the NY-LI area.)

As you mentioned, this shouldn't be done unless you are sure the store doesn't care or need the inserts since the vendors don't always get credit if the inserts aren't returned. Often times though, if you go to a gas station late on Sunday, they will gladly let you pick through the papers to get extra inserts, if you ask.

Also another idea for people that live in larger cities... There is usually one papers that has all the inserts every week (and is usually the highest priced) Although the smaller (and cheaper) papers only have one/two insert(s) you might be better off just getting the paper that contains only the inserts you want/need.

I.E. Newsday sells here for $2.00 and will have all the inserts (it had SS and RP yesterday) but this week I only really wanted extras of the SS. So, I just purchased the smaller paper that had SS only - the NY Post - for $1.25.

Another suggestion - ALWAYS check the paper before you buy it to make sure it has the inserts. Many people throughout the day take the inserts and stick them in their paper and just buy the one. Then you get stuck with none in yours. I learned this the hard way, so now I check each and every paper I buy to make sure they have the inserts.
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