Tuesday, 3 June 2008

$12 for PKP

Toronto Sun Family postings date back to December of 2006, which can be frustrating for newcomers clicking on links to older Sun Media stories and columns.

Most, but not all, Sun links have a short life span. What latecomers often see is a one paragraph teaser followed by a notice to cough up 12 bucks to read the rest of the story or column.

"The story you are searching for is available in its entirety via email, fax or mail for $12.00 (plus GST), payable with credit card (include expiry date)."

Take, for example, the TSF link to Eddie Greenspan's classic "Technology apology? column from two months ago. Instead of Eddie's priceless column, you get a column with a price tag attached.

Other papers do it, but that doesn't make the gouging any less irritating.

With all of the free information on the Internet, few Sun stories or columns warrant a $12 investment, so we wonder what kind of pay-per-view traffic the Sun is getting.

To be clear, TSF is not endorsing or promoting the Sun's feed-the-kitty process, we just haven't been removing links to older stories and columns.

So catch 'em while you can for free and our apologies for the $12 roadblocks.

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