I always say, if there’s a need to backpedal, then do it all the way. No point trying to save face, or ngeh ngeh try to convince yourself that your decision was somewhat right:
We have received emails and phone calls from many of you on our subscription plan for The Straits Times Interactive (STI). We thank you all for giving us your feedback, which is important to us.
An offer for print edition subscribers
One common complaint was that many of you are already subscribers to the print edition of The Straits Times and you feel we should not make you “pay twice” for two similar products. We have therefore decided to offer existing print subscribers a 50% discount off the STI subscription rates.
With this change, print subscribers who want access to STI will need to pay S$36 for a six-month subscription (or S$6 a month) instead of S$72; the 12-month subscription rate will cost S$60 (at S$5 a month) instead of S$120.
We hope that with these new rates, print subscribers will continue enjoying the paper in the mornings as well as our paid-access online offering….
…Extended period to browse ST Interactive
All registered readers will have from now till March 19 to browse the new, beefed-up version of STI before it is closed off to non-subscribers on March 20, instead of March 15 as originally planned.
If you decide to take up a subscription, you may sign up for it online from March 11. If you do so between March 11 and 19, you will be given free access till the end of March. Your subscription kicks in on April 1.
Like, yay, right? It was free, then you charged money, then you charged slightly less money, and gave us freeloaders five more days to download all the news from your three-day news archive. So generous.
Joke’s on you on April 1, ST Interactive. Not good enough!