Globe price hike not for everyone

The Boston Globe raised its digital subscription price 74 percent last month, but not for everyone.

David Rosen, a Boston resident and long-time Globe subscriber, said he canceled his subscription after being notified that the price was rising from $3.99 a week to $6.93 a week, or from $207 to $360 on an annual basis. He said the unexpected price increase showed arrogance.

But then he received a call from the Globe asking him if he’d return to the fold if he got the old rate back for two years, paid in advance. Rosen took the newspaper up on the offer and paid $414.96, which represented a savings of $305.76 over what a digital subscription for two years under the new rate would have cost.

“This phenomenon, I believe, is not unique to the Boston Globe, but rather now a business norm in our culture: charge whatever the market will bear and when it is clear that it is unbearable enough that the customers threaten to quit — or in my case, actually quit — accommodate,” Rosen said in an email.

Officials at the Globe could not be reached for comment. When CommonWealth reported on the digital price increase last month, Globe officials said the new price, about 99 cents a day, was a tremendous value. “We didn’t try and value it based on what other publishers are doing. We tried to value it based on what our journalism is worth,” said Peter Doucette, vice president and chief customer officer at the newspaper.




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