Would You Pay $45 Per Month For Unlimited Coffee?

Would You Pay $45 Per Month For Unlimited Coffee?

How much would you pay per month for an unlimited coffee pass? If you drink coffee daily and don’t brew it at home, that could become a pricey addiction. Yet CUPS, an app out of Israel, recently expanded to this country. Its premise is simple: subscribe and get discounted or even unlimited coffee from independent coffee shops for a discounted price. [More]

The New Yorker Is Really, Really Sure You Won’t Miss Any Issues

The New Yorker Is Really, Really Sure You Won’t Miss Any Issues

In most of the magazine business, subscribers equal advertising dollars. It’s not the subscription fees that are important, but being able to guarantee a certain number of eyeballs on your pages for the foreseeable future. This leads to some ridiculous situations, like the New Yorker subscriber who received an urgent renewal notice because his subscription is expiring four years from now. [More]

The Denver Post Really Doesn’t Want To Entice Long-Term Subscribers

The Denver Post Really Doesn’t Want To Entice Long-Term Subscribers

The amount of money newspapers and magazines charge to advertisers is closely tied to their reader base. That’s why print media will often give discounts to people willing to subscribe for longer periods of time. But not the Denver Post, which wants you to pay significantly more per week if you go with the lengthier subscription. [More]

Apple No Longer Requires In-App Subscriptions To Be Best Available Deals

Apple No Longer Requires In-App Subscriptions To Be Best Available Deals

Apple has tinkered with its in-app subscription purchases policies, making things more flexible for publishers and possibly more difficult for consumers. Previously, Apple required publishers to charge their lowest prices for subscriptions purchased within apps, but now Apple has dropped pricing restrictions. [More]

80% Of AOL's Revenue Is Subscribers, 75% Of Whom Don't Need It

80% Of AOL's Revenue Is Subscribers, 75% Of Whom Don't Need It

A New Yorker profile this week details how 80% of AOL’s revenue comes from subscriptions, and, according to an ex-AOL exec, 75% of those users are people who subscribe to the dial-up service and don’t need. Basically we’re talking about folks who have another kind of ISP and don’t realize that you don’t need to pay AOL anymore if you’re just using it for email. The group can be further divided into two sub-groups, the old, and the lazy. Here’s a step-by-step process for canceling AOL and saving some cash while still keeping access to your AOL email account. [More]

Don't Fall For Green Millionaire's 'Free Trial' Offer

Don't Fall For Green Millionaire's 'Free Trial' Offer

If you watch enough TV, there’s a good chance you’ve seen ads for The Green Millionaire, which purports to be a free book that will teach you how to take advantage of government programs to do things like “keep your gas tank full for free” and “get big dollars to ‘green’ your home, even if you rent.” But some complain they’re getting more than the free book — they’re getting a pricey magazine subscription they can’t get out of. [More]

Microsoft Investigating Why Songs Are Disappearing From Zune Pass

Microsoft Investigating Why Songs Are Disappearing From Zune Pass

If record labels decided to pull some of their songs from the Zune Pass service in the past couple of weeks, they did a poor job telling Microsoft about it. The company seems to be as in the dark as Zune Pass subscribers about why songs, albums, or entire discographies have gone missing. Ars technica reports that a Microsoft employee wrote on a Zune forum, “We are investigating your reported missing albums indicated in this post—and will come back to you as soon as we understand why they’re missing.” [More]

Netflix Offers Ex-Customer Disappearing Free Trial

Netflix Offers Ex-Customer Disappearing Free Trial

Dana used to be a Netflix subscriber, and they want her back. To entice her back, they sent her an e-mail offering a free trial. She decided to try it out…but Netflix wouldn’t let her. Because, according to their system, she is an existing Netflix customer. Who received an email addressing her as a former customer. [More]

An Argument Against Amazon Prime

An Argument Against Amazon Prime

As usual, Amazon is pushing its Prime service these days, offering a free monthlong trial. On the surface, it seems like a reasonable offer for heavy customers: pay $79 and you get free two-day shipping with no minimum order amount and overnight shipping for $4. [More]

Free Shipping From QPB: Just Pay Shipping And Handling

Free Shipping From QPB: Just Pay Shipping And Handling

Jon received this e-mail from the book club QPB. It promises free shipping, and a free travel set, if he pays shipping and handling. That shipping is on the travel set, we presume, but no one can really be sure. [More]

Seattle Coffee Direct Decides You Need $40 Worth Of Coffee Per Day

Seattle Coffee Direct Decides You Need $40 Worth Of Coffee Per Day

If you’ve been tempted by Facebook ads promising cheap “introductory” offers from Seattle Coffee Direct or World Bean Cafe, located in the world coffee capital of Evanston, Illinois, readers Adam and Ivan say, “don’t do it!” The ads promise t-shirts or a free coffee grinder as an incentive to sign up, or tempting introductory offers. But you’re really signing up for a coffee delivery service for close to $80 per month. Or more, as reader Ivan learned. He says that the company accidentally billed him for, and sent, two bags of coffee per day.

Why Retailers Like It When You Subscribe

Why Retailers Like It When You Subscribe

You know what’s great about subscriptions? You forget to cancel them. You also pay more over time than you would if you were forced to buy items individually. Yeah, that’s awesome—for companies. The New York Times looks at current research on how consumers think about subscriptions, and why companies want to push them more than ever.

Last Remaining Human Who Actually Wants To Subscribe To A Newspaper Can't

Last Remaining Human Who Actually Wants To Subscribe To A Newspaper Can't

Meet Michael. He likes to read the newspaper. Sadly, his attempts to resubscribe to the Washington Post have resulted in abject failure. Hmm, we thought that newspapers were sort of hurting for subscribers…

Freescore.com Sues Yahoo To Reveal Blogger's Identity

Freescore.com Sues Yahoo To Reveal Blogger's Identity

Freescore.com is one of those online companies that offers a free trial, and then attempts to enroll its customers in a $30/month subscription service. Now they’re suing Yahoo in an attempt to reveal an anonymous blogger who quoted a Reuters article when criticizing the service, and who pointed out that Freescore is owned by a company with a reputation for billing customers without permission.

Friendly, Logical Customer Service From TiVo Keeps Annoyed Customer Loyal

Friendly, Logical Customer Service From TiVo Keeps Annoyed Customer Loyal

Sean is a loyal TiVo customer, and has been for years. He’s even recruited others into the TiVo cult. It was this recruiting activity that allowed him to find out that he was getting a bad deal due to when he originally signed up for service.

Warning: Read The Fine Print Before Cashing An Unexpected Rebate Check

Warning: Read The Fine Print Before Cashing An Unexpected Rebate Check

At first, it looks like a rebate check, but read the fine print. It says if you endorse and cash the check, you are signing up for a marketing service called “Great Fun.” Then, your credit card will be charged $149.99. That subscription will renew annually unless you cancel it with Great Fun.

Game Publisher Square Enix Slapped With Class Action Suit For False Advertising, 'Product Enrichment'

Game Publisher Square Enix Slapped With Class Action Suit For False Advertising, 'Product Enrichment'

One day, gamers will get together to sue Square Enix for always lying to them about how infinitely sequelized “Final” Fantasy games are never really final. But until then we’ll just have to sit back and see how this false advertising federal class action lawsuit against the game publisher plays out.

Hulu May Start Charging For Content

Hulu May Start Charging For Content

Just when free tv on the internet was starting to get good, Hulu board member Jon Miller had to go and talk about subscription fees. Miller, an AOL refugee who’s now squeezing cash out of consumers for News Corp, said last week of subscription fees: “in my opinion the answer could be yes. I don’t see why that shouldn’t happen over time… it seems to me that over time that could be a logical thing.” Charging for content isn’t his only big idea…