UPDATE: I recently received new information from the Baltimore Sun about the phasing out of free delivery.
“Currently the plan for Columbia Flier is a mix of free distribution and paid subscription. The ratio will change over time. In first quarter 2016, we will be stopping approximately 2,450 deliveries in 21044. The majority (77%) are bulk-drop to apartments.”
From this I glean that they will slowly stop delivering free copies of the Columbia Flier throughout Columbia, eventually only delivering to paid subscribers. If you are no longer receiving the Flier for free, you should now consider whether you want to pay to receive this newspaper.
You probably received something in the mail recently from the Columbia Flier about their change (again!) to a subscription newspaper. There was probably a bill for $19.54, and it was probably addressed to an incorrect first name with the correct last name at your address. Sound familiar?
It’s like a bad flashback to August 2012 when the Flier did the same thing to Columbia residents (but I think they got the names right that time). It’s confusing, sounds like a scam, and prompts many questions.
- What will happen if I don’t pay? Will I still get a paper?
- Is this legal?
- Is this a scam of some kind?
- Didn’t they try this a few years ago?
As you may recall, they kept delivering the Flier to everyone back in 2012. However, they are now actually phasing out FREE delivery of the Columbia Flier to every home in Columbia. If you are still getting a free paper every Thursday, great! You don’t need to subscribe… yet. Eventually, sometime during the next year or so, they will stop dropping free papers at your house. At that point, you will need to decide if the Columbia Flier is worth $20/year to you. Start thinking about it….