Thursday, March 03, 2005

Nowhere near good enough

I always say, if there's a need to backpedal, then do it all the way. No point trying to save face, or ngeh ngeh try to convince yourself that your decision was somewhat right:
Dear Reader We have received emails and phone calls from many of you on our subscription plan for The Straits Times Interactive (STI). We thank you all for giving us your feedback, which is important to us. An offer for print edition subscribers ---------------------------------------------- One common complaint was that many of you are already subscribers to the print edition of The Straits Times and you feel we should not make you "pay twice" for two similar products. We have therefore decided to offer existing print subscribers a 50% discount off the STI subscription rates. With this change, print subscribers who want access to STI will need to pay S$36 for a six-month subscription (or S$6 a month) instead of S$72; the 12-month subscription rate will cost S$60 (at S$5 a month) instead of S$120. We hope that with these new rates, print subscribers will continue enjoying the paper in the mornings as well as our paid-access online offering.... ...Extended period to browse ST Interactive ----------------------------------------------------- All registered readers will have from now till March 19 to browse the new, beefed-up version of STI before it is closed off to non-subscribers on March 20, instead of March 15 as originally planned. If you decide to take up a subscription, you may sign up for it online from March 11. If you do so between March 11 and 19, you will be given free access till the end of March. Your subscription kicks in on April 1.
Like, yay, right? It was free, then you charged money, then you charged slightly less money, and gave us freeloaders five more days to download all the news from your three-day news archive. So generous. Joke's on you on April 1, ST Interactive. Not good enough! Flea market Sungei Road Flea Market. You can get back issues of Straits Times here. They use it to wrap merchandise.


Anonymous Ruok said...

Well said Migs! I like the Sungei Road picture best, its like a proverbial up yours!

3/03/2005 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger calm one said...

i'm soooo touched by STi's generosity....

3/03/2005 09:19:00 AM  
Blogger JellyGirl said...

My sentiments exactly when I got their backpedalling email. :)

3/03/2005 10:00:00 AM  
Blogger aGent X said...

some kind of damage-control ST Interactive...NOT!


3/03/2005 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Merenwen said...

ST Interactive belongs to SPH, which is a government organisation. Frankly, I'm surprised they held off charging online subscribers for so long, because in all my 22 years of living here I've never heard of our government passing up a chance to make more money off its citizens.

3/03/2005 10:33:00 AM  
Blogger TriplePeriod said...

Blardy Shaat! Take us for idiots. If we do not want to pay 72 bucks for repetition of news, what makes them think that we will be willing to pay 36. ST managements seem like the real Arse-nal fans here.

3/03/2005 10:46:00 AM  
Blogger cour marly said...

Like, totally, man.

3/03/2005 10:48:00 AM  
Anonymous caleb said...

we need a free contributor-run webnews site for singapore.

I'm not about to pay good money for yesterday's news.

3/03/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous IZ Reloaded said...

Thanks Mr Miyagi for the Sungei Road Flea Market tip.

The Straits Times people were discussing about my Straits Times Listen Up posting at a house warming party. I was being told of the reason why they are charging. I'm trying to get to the source to check if I'm allowed to reveal this.

3/03/2005 04:19:00 PM  
Blogger Zen|th said...

That's true. Don't subscribe to their service is what I say. :)

3/03/2005 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger Bubblemunche said...

They are definitely not getting my money ;)

3/03/2005 06:35:00 PM  
Anonymous Gman said...

See the mercedes emblem aligns with the broken white lines on the road...a sight I haven't seen in months...cos mine's been stolen and adorned on some punk's 501s!

3/04/2005 11:13:00 AM  

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