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    Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage


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    lol that is the worst idea I have heard.



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    That will last about a week.



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    This has been tried before with so many papers...and they just haven't seemed to make it work...



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    Have fun with that. If a story is written on the internet, and no one actually reads it, did it really happen? We'll find out.



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    Goodbye, Des Moines Register. And some might say good riddance.



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    My wife still subscribes to the paper. I don't understand why you need a paper copy of yesterdays news.


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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    LOL.

    Good luck with that.



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUAgronomist View Post
    out of rep for you but this is exactly right and true ...


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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    I saw that the Ames Tribune is doing a online subscription thing. You can read 12 (I think) articles for free per month, but if anything more will cost you.



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    My prediction...

    The DSM Register will complete its transition to a tabloid rag in less than 5 years. In 2017 will be sold in a bidding war between Cyclone Fanatic and hawkeye nation for $10.

    RIP DSM Register!



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    Well, that's the end of my reading the register.

    Cut back on original writers while keeping crappy ones like Rekha Basu on forever)
    Become mostly a source for AP repeats
    Charge more.

    Yeah, sounds like a recipe for success when people can get news from other free alternatives (tv websites, places like CF for sports)

    Paywalls havent worked well for most places in the past, the WSJ might be the biggest exception, but it also has a huge amount of original content. That doesnt mesh with Gannett's gutting of the register (and other papers).



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    Quote Originally Posted by cysocool View Post
    The DSM Register will complete its transition to a tabloid rag in less than 5 years. In 2017 will be sold in a bidding war between Cyclone Fanatic and hawkeye nation for $10.
    Honestly, they could probably farm out their sports section coverage to people like CW and come out ahead.



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    Re: Des Moines Register to start charging for Online usage

    This is a great idea. I have never been satisfied with reading a paper that bashes the clones for free. I've always wanted to pay for such cyclone bashing. This is like a dream come true.



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