Sunday, July 29, 2007

Times Union Warning

As Popeye once said, "I can't stands no more." After weeks trying to get a complete Saturday Times Union, I give up!

The Albany Times Union's $1 Saturday edition is the biggest local ripoff going! When you pick up that dollar paper, look inside. Look for the TV magazine. Look for PARADE magazine. Look for the Sunday comics. If the paper is missing components (and if enough people do this) maybe the TU will stop gypping readers.

This has been going on for several weeks!

Scenario: April 2007 - Hannaford at Delaware Plaza. No PARADE. No comics. I asked a clerk about it who brought over a manager, who had no clue...

Saturday 7/28 I visited CVS, Eckerd and Stewarts, trying to find a complete Dollar TU. NO LUCK. The bewildered manager at Stewart's had the nerve to say "Parade doesn't come with that paper." I GOT PISSED. I held page one up to his face and said "read this" -"Saturday's paper with Sunday's features" and "Parade magazine inside." The Times Union no doubt is saving an incredible amount of paper and ink (MONEY) by not including all the features: they benefit again because many pissed off people (too shy to stand up for their rights)decide to go back the next day and buy the $2 Sunday edition just to get the magazines, sales papers, comics that weren't there Saturday.

This is not a petty matter. It's a matter of integrity. The Times Union should cut the Saturday papers to 50 cents if they're going to deliberately withhold sections. And, conveniently, the paper's offices are closed after 12 noon if you try to call and complain. I think what's happening, is that by the time Monday rolls around, folks have more important things to do than to waste time on the phone complaining.

DON'T BE AFRAID TO MAKE A SCENE IN THE STORE! DON'T BE AFRAID TO CALL THE MANAGER ON HIS OR HER IGNORANCE! SPEAK LOUDLY IF SOMEONE ELSE IN LINE HAS THE PAPER!

SOMEBODY, RUN TELL JOE BRUNO!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

you're right

i just looked at the paper from Sat and there is no parade and no comics (i don't read either but i wonder what else might be missing)

i purchased it at cvs on new scotland and manning blvd

my dollar is already gone and too late to protest (i'll be careful next sat)

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