The Economists’s Strange Pricing Model

For full disclosure, I used to freelance for one of The Economist’s subsidiaries. One big perk of that position was free copies of the magazine.

Now that I no longer get free copies, I read a great article today and considered subscribing. Then I looked at the pricing model, and was confused, since I pay less for my digital Wall Street Journal subscription then I did my print and digital subscription.

I like The Economist very much. However, if I am going to pay for a digital subscription, I (reasonably) should expect a discount for not getting a print copy. I realize that The Economist is aware of this and charges the same price for both for a reason. But, since the same price is charged, I personally am not going to be subscribing anytime soon. 

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