Reese Farrow 
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Re: “The Trouble with Tablets

Here's the thing about print media. Before the ipad I would gladly pay $3-$4 for a magazine to read while on the airplane. Same goes for newspapers, $.50 for a weekday newspaper to read over coffee, no big deal. Theoretically the bulk of the newstand price of these publications are going to the vendor as well as transportation and the cost of paper and printing costs. The advertisements were what paid for the actual content.

Now that I have an iPad and there are no delivery costs or printing costs and no newstand that needs to make money then why should I have to pay the same, if not more to get it delivered to an electronic device?

I can get all of my news for free on the ipad. I do subscribe to The Daily on the ipad and I feel that $.99 per week is fair for a neatly organized virtual newspaper but $15.00 per month for an online newspaper is way too much. Also, why should I pay the same amount for a digital magazine when the publisher has no printing/delivery/distribution costs? If the publishers lowered the cost of these newspapers and magazines they would sell tenfold the amount, therefore creating tenfold the ad revenue and wouldn't have to pay apple as much to distribute it.

As it stands, only die-hard readers/subscribers are willing to pay the same for the downloadable content as they would for it in print, especially with google news, cnn.com and other free online news sources readily available. Cut the price in half and I'd bet that you would double your subscriptions at least.

Just my two un-educated cents...

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Posted by Reese Farrow on 03/23/2012 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Yelp and the Business of Extortion 2.0

Yelp needs to adopt more authentication from it's users. They could start by requiring all new members/users to provide telephone authentication prior to submitting their first review to the site. Craigslist has been doing this for the past 2 years. When a new user tries to create a new account they are required to provide a valid telephone number, within seconds of submitting this number, the new user gets a call from an automated call service and is asked to enter the numeric security key displayed on the web page. While this won't curb all illegitimate reviewers it will definitely contain it so Yelp can slow the influx of 'extracurricular' reviews.

A competing site, www.angieslist.com (a members only site which relies on annual $60.00 dues from each subscriber) provides unbiased and unsolicited reviews from service based companies. While their membership numbers are much lower than yelp, the reviews are all REAL! Angie's List is an awesome resouce for homeowners and yelpers who have grown old of the false hooplah created by trollers and scenesters that seem to dominate Yelp.

Posted by reerer on 06/06/2009 at 12:45 AM

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