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Massive price increase at The (Bergen) Record

Newsstand price up 40% from last month

By David Wildstein, April 05 2022 12:41 pm

Two weeks after The (Bergen) Record stopped printing Saturday newspapers, they raised their newsstand price by 40% for Monday through Friday and by 50% on Sunday.

The Bergen Record now costs $3.49 during the week and $4.49 on Sundays.  Prior to March 28, the price was $2.50 on weekdays and $3.00 on Sunday.

For those not wanting to do the math, it now costs an extra $8.94 to buy the Bergen Record at the newsstand each week, or an annual increase of over $450, including holidays when the newspaper isn’t printed at all.

Home delivery of The Record hasn’t increased.  It’s still $79 per month – plus tax – or $948 annually.  That’s less than the $1,140-per-year it costs to buy the paper at a retail store.

The price increases come during a tough time for The Record’s owner, Gannett.

A customer service representative for The Record was unable to correctly state the newsstand price of the paper.

“Right now, we don’t have an update on the increase of the price,” said Dominick, who cited company policy in declining to give his last name.  “The price is $2.00 on weekdays and $3.00 on Sundays.”

Gannett reported losing $135 million in 2021.  The company’s stock closed on Monday at $4.57 per share, down from $6.93 on September 27.

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