In my Jan. 25 column, I wrote about the price increase for single copy newsstand sales of The Post, which went up from $1 to $1.25 on weekdays and Saturday, and from $2 to $2.50 on Sunday, a 25 percent increase.
At the time I wrote, I did not know that the price for home subscribers also had gone up. But some alert readers wrote to me saying their latest bills had reflected a price increase.
They were right. And I got my own renewal bill at home to underscore it. (Yes, I’m a home subscriber even though I get it free here at my Post office. It’s my civic duty.)
So here’s the deal. Home subscribers whose subscriptions come up for annual renewal will pay 10 cents more per day for the papers from Monday through Saturday; there is no change for the Sunday home-delivered copy. That’s about a 9 percent increase. “Because of the wide variety of renewal dates, [the price increase] will happen over time,” said Kris Coratti, spokesperson for The Post.
The new price works out to be about a $31 increase for the year. My current full-price subscription works out to $383 per year, after the price increase. But on The Post Web site there is an introductory offer of $1.81 a week for the full year, or $94.12, a deal.
As Coratti points out, home delivery is still way less expensive than buying the paper daily. By subscribing, she points out, “On weekdays, readers save 40 cents per paper, and save 65 cents on Sunday.”
And if The Post decides to start charging for online subscriptions later this year, a possibility, and if such an online subscription would be included in the home delivery price, then home delivery will be even a more compelling deal.