A number of you have contacted me over the past few weeks wondering if I could somehow swing a deal with The Oregonian similar to the deals some papers have offered in Idaho. For example, the Idaho Press-Tribune offers a special deal to couponers — daily delivery PLUS four Sunday papers for around $13.
I finally figured out who to contact and emailed the Circulation Director at The Oregonian, outlining the deal along with how The Oregonian would benefit from offering this deal to Frugal Living NW and other couponing blog readers in the Portland Metro area. I did not request a price or other details other than the desire to have a discount for having multiple Sunday papers delivered to our door. Obviously, we would pay more than the $13.20 offered to Boise residents.
Within sixteen minutes I received this reply from Kevin Denny, the Circulation Director,
“We wouldn’t be interested in offering a discount like you’ve described at this time.”
In all fairness, he did offer a compliment on our blog. At least he clicked on the link.
Perhaps I have over-estimated your response to a deal like this. Perhaps we all enjoy begging and pleading with our neighbors, friends, family and complete strangers for their coupon inserts (adding zero additional revenue to The Oregonian).
Or, maybe Frugal Living NW and other blog readers could help boost The Oregonian’s sales, which certainly have decreased in recent months, resulting in a win-win situation for all of us.
So, I have two specific requests from every Frugal Living NW and other money-saving blog reader in the Portland Metro area (yes, that’s you):
1. If you would take advantage of a deal specifically targeted to couponers — giving you a discounted price for having 4-6 Sunday papers delivered to your home for $20-ish a month — will you please comment to this post? Simply state your first name, how many papers you currently purchase and how many you would like delivered every Sunday. For example, I would comment with something like this:
“Angela — I currently purchase 1 paper and would like 6 delivered to my door.”
2. If you have a blog similar to Frugal Living NW, serving couponers and the frugally minded in the Portland Metro area, will you mention this idea to your readers and link back to this post so they can comment? Email me with a link to your post and I will give you a shout-out when I update on our progress (email@example.com).
I would absolutely love to respond back to the circulation department at The Oregonian letting them know how many more papers they could sell every month by offering a deal to couponers. Maybe all of us collectively could change their mind.
Power to the people.
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