carew28 said...Referring to #8 above:
Years ago there were 2 young elementary school boys in my neighborhood who would put a quarter in the newspaper-dispensers on Saturdays & Sundays, and then take out all the newspapers, and sell them in front of the churches before & after services. They were both friendly, polite, personable, clean-cut kids. They were also quite shrewd, and would alternate which dispensers they raided, so that the newspaper company wouldn't catch on. That was many years ago. I don't know what became of them, most likely they're either CEOs, venture-capitalists, or politicians by now.
No doubt. One of my childhood friends (many of us stayed in contact all these years) who wound up being the most successful financially was the guy who used to sell us our firecrackers when we were very young, and who used to sell pot later on. Now he sells dealerships. It's so funny how when we all get together that we are all pretty much the same now as we were then.
In fact we had a funny scene a few years back boating around Sarasota anchored near shore and not far from a group of kids with their beers in hand having fun and we're looking at them and looking at ourselves and everyone thinking, well, outside of a few pounds and grey hairs, nothing's really changed.
To the newspapers, I worked that racket while we were first coming online with computers. So many meetings dealt with trying to understand how electric media would work, what would happen to paper product, how would revenue be generated, etc. The petty change from boxes of course--though I never worked circulation--I'd imagine was nothing. That probably wouldn't even have paid for the distribution. That was probably just to keep them from flying all over the place and to give the consumer a sense of ownership because, let's face it, the significant revenue was always the ads.
Out of publishing for about a decade now, I did just have some recent success in that department. Throw-away papers being delivered continuously throughout our neighborhood were becoming quite the eyesore. Most people pick them up to throw out but many don't. So I got the city involved and I think I stopped that free home delivery of all that trash.
Though I did manage to stop it through the publisher's office for months at a time in the past (complaining to circulation never was as effective), it would always crank up again after some time. Hopefully with the city involved results will last longer.