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Toledo Blade.com requiring a subscription

Is there a way around this? An alternative? Im getting locked out of viewing articles. I certainly dont want to sign up for a subscription again.

created by BulldogBuckeye on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:31:02 pm     Comments: 57

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i think you just need to create an account and log in to read. at least that was what a friend that works at the blade told me recently.

posted by upso on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:33:41 pm     #  

That USED to be the case. Now, it looks like they are requiring a paid subscription.

posted by BulldogBuckeye on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:34:44 pm     #  

try the phone app. no account or log in required

posted by upso on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:55:57 pm     #   1 person liked this

Cell phone browser apps have a private setting (check on your tabs button, you should see something that says private) that will let you get a few stories, and on computer browsers check for an incognito setting. Still only a few stories but better than $$$.

posted by not_me on Aug 11, 2017 at 12:58:27 pm     #  

BulldogBuckeye posted at 12:34:44 PM on Aug 11, 2017:

That USED to be the case. Now, it looks like they are requiring a paid subscription.

They got people to register by allowing register users to view. Now they set a limit of 15 articles per month for registered users.

Scrolling past multiple stories or obits blows your 15 articles quickly.

The trick is to scan the headlines to see if anything happened, and then go to one of the TV stations for the story. And if The Blade wants to charge for their opinion, I can easily skip it. Their editorials should be free. Value is value.

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 01:29:51 pm     #  

Crap. If value is value, I'm going to have to start paying you guys to read my opinions here.

posted by JoeyGee on Aug 11, 2017 at 01:44:31 pm     #   1 person liked this

JoeyGee posted at 01:44:31 PM on Aug 11, 2017:

Crap. If value is value, I'm going to have to start paying you guys to read my opinions here.

Don't sell yourself short. They are at least a wash.

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 01:59:48 pm     #   1 person liked this

Oh... forgot this. :D

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 02:00:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

"Is there a way around this? An alternative?"

Yes. Here are a few options.

TL;DR

  • go into your web browser settings and disable JavaScript either globally or specifically for the toledoblade.com domain name.
  • install web browser extensions or add-ons that make it super simple to disable and enable JavaScript for specific websites.
  • install the Privacy Badger extension and leave JavaScript enabled for toledoblade.com.
  • read the site by using the text-based Lynx web browser, which does not support JavaScript.
  • from the command line, execute the cURL command and pipe the output into a script, such as html2text, that converts HTML to plain text.
  • or from the command line, do: lynx --dump [URL] > page.txt


Unfortunately for the Blade, their setup to encourage users to pay for content can be easily bypassed by disabling JavaScript in web browsers.

You can disable JavaScript for specific domain names.

If you don't want to dive into your web browser settings to disable JavaScript and to create exceptions for specific websites, then use the NoScript add-on for Firefox, or use the Quick JavaScript Switcher extension for Chrome.

On desktop/laptop computers, I rely heavily on Quick JavaScript Switcher when reading the web.

Occasionally when using Safari on the iPhone, I disable JavaScript globally because it's about the only way to read the web at times, especially over slow internet connections, since so many read-only websites are massively bloated.

Disabling JavaScript prevents the display of most ads and prevents the execution of most trackers and other crapware, which leads to web pages loading much faster.

If you use an older computer or a machine with a slower CPU,
then disabling JavaScript can prevent your computer from glowing red.

For disabling JavaScript, I'm talking about websites where I'm a browsing-only user (reader). I'm not talking about web apps that require me to login where I work from an admin console or a dashboard.

Some websites produce nothing when JavaScript is disabled. That's okay. It's still a big-ass web. Other websites exist to read.

For Blade sports stories, you may need to visit bcsn.tv directly.

If you click a Blade sports link with JavaScript disabled for toledoblade.com, then you might see a blank page. That's because some Blade sports links redirect to bcsn.tv.

For example, with JavaScript disabled in the web browser for
"*.toledoblade.com", this link displays a blank page.

http://www.toledoblade.com/Pro/2017/08/11/What-s-the-word-on-cleveland-browns-deshone-Kizer.html

That's because the above link or web page relies on JavaScript to redirect the reader to the real story location, which is found here.

http://www.bcsn.tv/news_article/show/822468

If you want to read the Blade website with JavaScript working, then do this:

Even with JavaScript enabled, I never reach the Blade's article limit because of what's being blocked by Privacy Badger.

The web browser extensions that I'm familiar with work in Firefox, Chrome, and/or Opera.

On my Linux desktop computer, I have at least 10 web browsers installed. One of my favorites is the http://netsurf-browser.org because of its lack of features. If you are a fan of RMS, then you might like GNU IceCat which is based upon Firefox. And the Tor web browser is good.

I know nothing about Microsoft's web browser. I'm unfamiliar with all Microsoft software.

Regarding the alleged ethical issues of users blocking web ads and bypassing lame paywalls ... I don't know.

I like this article.

https://stratechery.com/2017/the-local-news-business-model

posted by jr on Aug 11, 2017 at 03:16:12 pm     #   2 people liked this

Or you could all subscribe if you're local...there is a lot more in the daily paper than on the .com.

posted by swampprof on Aug 11, 2017 at 04:44:08 pm     #   2 people liked this

^
This. For all the complaints about the Blade, they still provide a valuable service to me. That's why I subscribe. It's not a donation either. If you don't think it is worth the price of subscription, then don't read it. If you think their business model is stupid, don't read it. But installing software to defeat their (crappy) protections to me is no different than using pirated Microsoft Office or file sharing services to download music.

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 11, 2017 at 05:25:01 pm     #   6 people liked this

The business model has been an evolution. So naturally people will be thrown at the turns. Seems like a stretch of hyper-righteousness to villianize people who woke up to a paywall and thought it sucked.

posted by justread on Aug 11, 2017 at 07:05:17 pm     #  

I use an incognito window when viewing news sites that require paid subscription.

posted by treesyjo on Aug 11, 2017 at 09:16:09 pm     #  

Seasoned old line puter heads came to take great care. time, patience, and satisfaction from squeezing out every last bit of use from a machine's resources. It was a challenge and fun with the blue screen of disaster lurking at every key stroke. Along with advanced micro electronics and faster cpu's and almost unlimited memory the greed crowd rushed in to load up the web with moving parts, fancy graphics and all kinds of foo foo that a serious aficionado finds repulsive. Local classic one is the bang down window on the City Paper site which is not only intrusive but downright aggressive before you can proceed as to why YOU clicked on the site. When asked for contact info by anyone they want a cell#: the 21st Century fingerprinting, dna we gotcha and you'll never get away so live with it. Guess what we don't gotta.

posted by Mariner on Aug 12, 2017 at 07:43:19 am     #  

Great idea: Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free.

Don't worry about the lost revenue! You can just charge all the actual paying suckers more to make up your overhead costs. The paying suckers will complain about prices now being too high, but oh well.

(No, I do not work for the Blade.)

posted by jmleong on Aug 13, 2017 at 06:39:33 am     #   1 person liked this

The stark beauty of free enterprise: value given for value received.

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:27:43 am     #  

The stark beauty of free enterprise: value given for value received.

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:28:03 am     #  

The stark beauty of free enterprise: value given for value received.

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:28:35 am     #  

Oops not intended 3X

posted by Mariner on Aug 13, 2017 at 08:29:40 am     #  

  • "Or you could all subscribe if you're local...there is a lot more in the daily paper than on the .com."
  • "But installing software to defeat their (crappy) protections to me is no different than using pirated Microsoft Office ..."
  • "Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free."

Those comments lack substance. Too much emotion. Where's the critical thinking? Where are the crazy ideas for the newspaper of the future?

http://toledotalk.com/local-news.html

posted by jr on Aug 13, 2017 at 11:58:31 pm     #  

I let Lars Ulrich stay at my house whenever he wants, because I listened to someone else's copy of "Ride the Lightning" in 1998. It's the least I can do.

posted by justread on Aug 14, 2017 at 05:55:07 am     #  

jmleong posted at 06:39:33 AM on Aug 13, 2017:

Great idea: Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free.

Don't worry about the lost revenue! You can just charge all the actual paying suckers more to make up your overhead costs. The paying suckers will complain about prices now being too high, but oh well.

(No, I do not work for the Blade.)

The Flour Hour used to be paid for by King Biscuit. Now there's a coin slot on my radio.

But I did pay $2,000 for an obituary, so I am still a sucker.

posted by justread on Aug 14, 2017 at 06:06:38 am     #  

justread posted at 05:55:07 AM on Aug 14, 2017:

I let Lars Ulrich stay at my house whenever he wants, because I listened to someone else's copy of "Ride the Lightning" in 1998. It's the least I can do.

I paid for whatever album came out after the black album. He owes me now.

posted by JoeyGee on Aug 14, 2017 at 07:28:50 am     #   1 person liked this

Not as much as if you had bought St. Anger.

posted by justread on Aug 14, 2017 at 11:57:11 am     #   1 person liked this

jr posted at 11:58:31 PM on Aug 13, 2017:
  • "Or you could all subscribe if you're local...there is a lot more in the daily paper than on the .com."
  • "But installing software to defeat their (crappy) protections to me is no different than using pirated Microsoft Office ..."
  • "Everybody list their employers and then the people who work for the Blade will know where they, too, can go to get goods and services for free."

Those comments lack substance. Too much emotion. Where's the critical thinking? Where are the crazy ideas for the newspaper of the future?

http://toledotalk.com/local-news.html

I've got a life to live, homie. Thanks for the novel though.

posted by Ace_Face on Aug 14, 2017 at 04:13:54 pm     #   2 people liked this

Sep 29, 2017 - Toledo Blade - The Blade to launch NewsSlide in October

This could be the Blade's most innovative digital product, since the Blade launched its internet presence. If this new product succeeds as hoped, it might bring an end to the Blade's print products within five to seven years. The Blade's new mobile news app will be free and supported by advertising.

Get ready for Blade News­Slide.

The platform runs on iPad or Android tablets as well as iPhone or Android mobile devices. News­Slide will launch on Oct. 11 and the app to access it will be downloadable at no charge from the iTunes Store or Google Play Store.

Blade News­Slide is a product created by Han­son Inc., a Toledo digital agency, commissioned by Block Communications Inc., which also owns the Pittsburgh Post-Ga­zette, which will be launching PG News­Slide also on Oct. 11.

The inspirational for News­Slide came from Montreal's La Presse, the leading French newspaper in Canada. LaPresse produces a slide product, La Presse Plus, as its major daily news product.


About La Presse's product:

With an average browse time of 40 minutes on weekdays and more than 50 minutes on weekends, La Presse+ delivers outstanding reader engagement, ensuring great reach for your campaigns.

The power of the tablet’s touchscreen and array of 28 types of interactivities means La Presse+ delivers a truly immersive ad experience with a high appreciation level among readers.

The La Presse Plus mobile app launched in the spring of 2013. By the end of 2015 or 2016, La Presse ended its weekday print newspaper after 131 years.

La Presse is among the first newspapers in North America to reach what media analyst Ken Doctor has called "a crossover point," where digital revenue far surpasses print revenue.

La Presse continued to publish a print version of its Saturday paper in 2017, but that print product ends in December 2017.

La Presse has announced the next step in its transition from a print publication to a digital one focused mainly on the tablet: It is ending its weekly Saturday print edition at the end of the year. The final issue will be Dec. 30 [2017].

La Presse president Pierre-Elliott Levasseur writes in a note published Thursday that the publication now gets 90 per cent of its advertising revenues from digital sources.

La Presse is working on a new mobile app to make the smartphone experience more engaging.

10-page report - PDF file - A future for tablet publishing? La Presse case study


Excerpts from the Blade's Sep 29 story about its new app:

Allan Block said the future for the newspaper industry is digital.

“That doesn’t mean we won’t continue to print for awhile, but digital is the future. NewsSlide is an attempt to break out of the current business model and create a new business model for the future,” Mr. Block said.

“We’re very proud of News­Slide,” said John Robinson Block, publisher and editor-in-chief of The Blade and the Post-Gazette. “We think it will be a hit. It will deliver news — a lot of news — very rapidly. We think it will work better than other news delivery services that are out there.”

The Blade will offer a dynamic new way of getting the news, one that is designed to be more interactive and immersive, through its use of text, video, and graphics, than traditional print newspapers and Internet news sites.

“It’s not text, it’s not print, it’s not video,” Allan Block, chairman of Block Communications Inc., which owns The Blade, said Friday. “We are creating a great new medium and we’re going to offer it for free and it’s going to have the best features of the newspaper.

News­Slide will not replace toledoblade.com or the printed paper. Rather, it is a free-standing enterprise within the newsroom that will be published in co­op­era­tion with the print edition and to­le­doblade.com. Like the print newspaper that arrives each morning, an electronic edition of News­Slide will be sent each morning by 5 a.m. to users’ tablets and mobile devices.


Advertising surveillance network?

The technology that brought News­Slide to life also will be a game-changer for advertisers, allowing them to engage with customers like never before.

News­Slide allows companies to do more than purchase a banner ad. Companies can showcase their brands by inviting customers to play, listen, and see advertisements in a way that Allan Block said would "engage users at a new level.”

He described News­Slide as a sales platform to facilitate e-commerce."

“We envision a brick-and-mortar business will utilize News­Slide to improve the e-commerce experience. An ad in this medium can lead customers to a seamless transition to an e-commerce transaction,” he said.


Free, ad-based products remind me of the quote that goes something like this:

"If you are not paying for the product, then you are not the customer. You are the product being sold."

Anyway, the app and business model appear interesting, especially when considering the success of La Presse Plus. Maybe this new way of distributing news and ads will help sustain local journalism.


Post-Gazette version: https://pgnewsslide.com

That site contains a video, demoing the app.

posted by jr on Oct 10, 2017 at 10:36:14 am     #   2 people liked this

The jury is seated. We'll see. Intriguing.

posted by Mariner on Oct 10, 2017 at 11:00:57 am     #  

Looks like you can download the PG news slide now on the iPhone store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pg-newsslide-for-iphone/id1287223857

posted by nits on Oct 10, 2017 at 12:24:56 pm     #  

Crap !

I just renewed my home delivery for 12 months. Part of my morning routine involves doing the crossword to get my thinker thinking.

I recall hitting my android phone's "The Blade" icon yesterday morning and my phone went blank. Same deal today. Boo.

posted by jimavolt on Oct 10, 2017 at 12:37:00 pm     #  

nits posted at 12:24:56 PM on Oct 10, 2017:

Looks like you can download the PG news slide now on the iPhone store:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pg-newsslide-for-iphone/id1287223857

The iOS versions of Toledo Blade's NewsSlide app are available now. The app requires iOS version 10.0 or higher.

The Android versions are available too. The app requires operating system version 4.4 or higher.

I installed both the Android phone version and the Android tablet version on a Chromebook.

Blade NewsSlide editions exist for each day, starting with October 6.


And it's a mix of text, images, and video.


Matt Markey's story about perch fishing was a video interview with an employee at Netcraft.


This news story contained an ad in the narrow left window. A reader has the option to learn more about the ad by clicking on the ad, otherwise the reader scrolls to read the news story.


More info about the ad can be displayed in its own window, which might simply be the org's website.


Or the ad might be expanded and animated. Other ads permit minor user interactions, such as lifting the garage door for a Tireman ad to reveal the coupon.

posted by jr on Oct 10, 2017 at 04:22:12 pm     #  

looks pretty promising on my iphone!

posted by upso on Oct 10, 2017 at 04:27:42 pm     #  

Here's the Blade's dedicated website for its NewsSlide apps.

Video

posted by jr on Oct 10, 2017 at 05:00:42 pm     #  

Tue evening, Oct 10, 2017 Toledo Blade story that ironically popped up in my RSS reader a few minutes ago titled Blade NewsSlide launches Wednesday morning

High above the downtown Toledo riverfront, civic and business Tuesday night got a closeup view of Blade NewsSlide, a dynamic, in-depth, and immersive approach to news, information, and advertising.

Starting at 5 a.m. Wednesday — and at 5 a.m. every morning thereafter — an electronic edition of Blade NewsSlide will be sent to users' tablets and mobile devices.

“We’re going to take our users and our advertisers on an adventure,” Kurt Franck, interim general manager, executive vice president, and executive editor of The Blade, said at the Heights, the restaurant atop the new Renaissance Hotel.

With the cityscape as a backdrop, Mr. Franck introduced Blade NewsSlide to a gathering of about 100.

At the kickoff Tuesday, Ralph Mahalak, Jr., an owner Monroe Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram Superstore, compared the Blade NewsSlide experience favorably to the difference between trying to follow hockey on an old-style television screen and watching the sport in high definition.

“This is that kind of game changer,” Mr. Mahalak said. “We are a visual society.”

NewsSlide brings together words with video, charts, maps, and other graphics, with the aim of bringing users a sense of connection with issues covered by reporters, and with the people and places that are featured.

posted by jr on Oct 10, 2017 at 08:03:39 pm     #  

wow, it took a REALLY long time for today's edition to load into the app. like... wowza. the old app is way quicker to use.

posted by upso on Oct 11, 2017 at 02:55:24 pm     #  

I asked about the load time, and was told that the initial load takes a while, but subsequent editions should happen in seconds.

posted by Nolan_Rosenkrans on Oct 11, 2017 at 04:06:31 pm     #   1 person liked this

Oh that's good to know! Thanks Nolan.
You should probably put some sort of welcome/warning message as I was ready to abandon this thing based on the load time alone.

posted by upso on Oct 11, 2017 at 04:17:19 pm     #  

Today's edition just downloaded. It's 2:30pm

posted by upso on Oct 12, 2017 at 02:37:06 pm     #  

upso posted at 02:37:06 PM on Oct 12, 2017:

Today's edition just downloaded. It's 2:30pm

Interesting. I accessed today's edition this morning, shortly after starting the app. The edition downloaded much faster than yesterday.

posted by jr on Oct 12, 2017 at 03:29:50 pm     #  

Interesting. I went to the link above, then the link to the Play Store to install it and it tells me it's not compatible with my phone. Same for the tablet version.

If I search for it in the Play Store, it doesn't even find it--not surprising since it wouldn't show non compatible apps.

I think it's a sign I don't need the Blade.

FWIW, I have a Google Pixel running Oreo.

posted by JoeyGee on Oct 12, 2017 at 04:08:18 pm     #  

Sadly, my 2-year old Note 5 is likewise non-compatible. The phone gets paid-off next month - time to upgrade?

posted by jimavolt on Oct 13, 2017 at 10:08:46 am     #  

jimavolt posted at 12:37:00 PM on Oct 10, 2017:

Crap !

I just renewed my home delivery for 12 months. Part of my morning routine involves doing the crossword to get my thinker thinking.

I recall hitting my android phone's "The Blade" icon yesterday morning and my phone went blank. Same deal today. Boo.

You're actually paying the $300+ for a year? My husband pays this bill and he was totally shocked that we would have to pay $100+ MORE than we did last year. Neither of us will ever use the app/electronic version...he doesn't compute and I just won't...so we will probably ditch it completely. We've read it for more than 55 years, gonna be tough to do without, but the cost is just not doable. Too bad they don't offer a senior rate for people with no interest in the electronic versions. :(

posted by nana on Oct 13, 2017 at 11:52:52 pm     #  

Out of curiosity, how come the digital version won't work for you?

posted by upso on Oct 13, 2017 at 11:57:54 pm     #  

upso posted at 11:57:54 PM on Oct 13, 2017:

Out of curiosity, how come the digital version won't work for you?

I am tempted to have my 85 year old father take this question. He'll call you with the answer. :D

posted by justread on Oct 14, 2017 at 06:06:49 am     #  

I do not pay $300+.

I called and complained about the price and was given a significant discount if I paid immediately by credit card. I think it's still worth $4 a week.

Call them and complain -

http://toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/article/212565/Toledo_Blade_Subscripton_Renewal

posted by jimavolt on Oct 14, 2017 at 07:23:25 am     #   1 person liked this

I tried Newsslide on my iPhone, and am not impressed. The ads seem to stall, and I can't get past them. There's no search feature that I can find. A new story on Newsslide says that Obits are at the end of local news, or they will be, but I can't find them.

The worst part is that I can't choose the stories I want to read. The old app gave me a list and I could go from there.

This is so typically Blade: ready, shoot, aim.

Hey, Allan, howzabout asking your readers what we would like to see before foisting this crappy app on us?

posted by Anniecski on Oct 16, 2017 at 11:09:39 am     #   1 person liked this

This whole thing is funny. They call it “newsslide” like this is some sort of a revolution in user experience. They could have just called it The Blade app, and no one would have even commented on the interface. Is it really different or an upgrade over other content heavy apps? The fact that it gives you information by issue, seems pretty limiting. Sometimes, I go days without reading the normal site, but when I do, I scroll all the way down to dig into each section to see what I missed for a few days. This app, does not encourage bingeing local news. Also, it’s super slow and buggy.

posted by ahmahler on Oct 16, 2017 at 12:00:12 pm     #   2 people liked this

The fact that it has to download an entire issue before it loads was such a bad engineering choice. I get that they want people to be able to read on their tablets like a newspaper without the need for wifi, but downloading a full issue should have been a feature/option, not required.

posted by upso on Oct 16, 2017 at 12:23:09 pm     #   4 people liked this

Yup. Finding it resource hogish. Iphone bad enough mpg before needed recharge but the app blows it to smithereens.

posted by Mariner on Oct 16, 2017 at 12:37:39 pm     #  

OMG. Just tried it again. Still no obits. No search. Just the stories they want me to read.

What a way to ruin a reader experience. And somehow, the management brain trust is going to blame this on the union workers.

UGH.

posted by Anniecski on Oct 17, 2017 at 04:39:12 pm     #  

i haven't been able to get today's issue to download

posted by upso on Oct 17, 2017 at 05:00:07 pm     #  

I walked out to the driveway this morning, got the paper, scanned the headlines, read the stories I wanted to, barely noticed the ads, and still have it for later if I get bored. How can you improve on that?

posted by OldTimer on Oct 17, 2017 at 05:30:46 pm     #   3 people liked this

"i haven't been able to get today's issue to download"

It worked for me this morning and this afternoon.


"OMG. Just tried it again. Still no obits."

In the tablet version, a link to the obits exists, and the link does exist at the end of the local news list.


Four versions of the Blade's NewsSlide app exists: iPhone, iPad, Android phone, and Android tablet.

The operating system on my old iPhone is not modern enough to run the app, and I don't have a real need to upgrade.

Our household iPad is also too old to run the app.

I should have my wife test the app on her iPhone. She runs more modern software and hardware than I do.

I do not have any Android devices.

But I use a Chromebook sometimes. The Chromebook runs Chrome OS. I can install Android apps on the Chromebook, but most of the apps don't function well, which does not surprise me. But the Blade's NewsSlide apps seem to work okay, I think.

On the Chromebook, I installed the NewsSlide Android phone app and the NewsSlide Android tablet app.

Obviously, the first image above for this comment was of the phone app. I normally use the tablet app, since it works better.

Anniecski said above:

I tried Newsslide on my iPhone, and am not impressed. The ads seem to stall, and I can't get past them.

A new story on Newsslide says that Obits are at the end of local news, or they will be, but I can't find them.

When I use the phone version of the app on the Chromebook, I also cannot get past the ads. I don't see the small triangle in the corner that permits moving past the ads.

And on the phone app (on Chromebook), I also do not see the obits link, which might be because I cannot get past the ad(s).

But I don't experience those problems in the tablet version of the app. The tablet version seems to work as advertised.

I assumed that my issues with the phone version of the app were due to me running the app on Chrome OS and not Android.

If you have a tablet, try the tablet app, and compare the experience with the phone app.

posted by jr on Oct 17, 2017 at 06:08:23 pm     #  

“If you have a tablet, try the tablet app, and compare the experience with the phone app.”

Here’s the thing... that’s a really good suggestion but I shouldn’t have to do it. I have no interest in looking at the Blade on my iPad as that’s a work device. I want it to work in my phone which is a personal device.

posted by upso on Oct 17, 2017 at 09:32:33 pm     #   1 person liked this

jimavolt posted at 07:23:25 AM on Oct 14, 2017:

I do not pay $300+.

I called and complained about the price and was given a significant discount if I paid immediately by credit card. I think it's still worth $4 a week.

Call them and complain -

http://toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/article/212565/Toledo_Blade_Subscripton_Renewal

Thanks, I missed that one!

posted by nana on Oct 17, 2017 at 10:34:31 pm     #  

The Blades billing department must have some issues. My subscription is paid through April and I received a post card in the mail last week stating my subscription had expired and to call to renew. I checked my records to be sure I was paid through April and I was and figured it was an error by the Blade or they were trying to get people to renew early. Yesterday I received a phone call from the Blade telling me my subscription had expired. After telling the rep I was paid through April she put me on hold and came back and said I was correct and somehow my subscription got coded as a six month instead of a twelve month subscription in error.

I'm glad I keep good records or I could have been stuck giving the Blade a nice increase

posted by classylady on Oct 17, 2017 at 11:08:32 pm     #  

upso posted at 09:32:33 PM on Oct 17, 2017:

“If you have a tablet, try the tablet app, and compare the experience with the phone app.”

Here’s the thing... that’s a really good suggestion but I shouldn’t have to do it. I have no interest in looking at the Blade on my iPad as that’s a work device. I want it to work in my phone which is a personal device.

If it was your birthday yesterday, happy birthday. :)

posted by justread on Oct 18, 2017 at 05:30:36 am     #  

It was! Thanks!

posted by upso on Oct 18, 2017 at 10:47:42 am     #