Salon.com is still putting out quality articles, but I personally don’t think it’s worth $30/year. (I put up with their daily clickthrough advertising instead.) But my friend Dave e-mailed me about a much better deal…
Apparently, if you sign up for Salon Premium, you get 1 year subscriptions to Wired and US News & World Report. But if you don’t want the subscriptions, Wired will send you a $12 refund and US News will send you $25. So take both refunds, and earn $7 plus a free year of Salon. Or keep the Wired subscription, scoring you a year of Salon and Wired for only $5.
The original e-mail is below.
Ha. I think I told you that several weeks ago — in October or November — I renewed my Salon subscription for $30 for a year. This entitled me to free one-year subscriptions to Wired and US News (and maybe more — those are the only two I checked).
And I think I told you that a few weeks back I got a postcard from Wired saying “Your free 1-year subscription will begin shortly, but if for some reason you would prefer not to receive Wired, you are entitled to a $12 refund.”
So today, I got a card from US News that says, “As part of your membership in Salon Premium, you’re entitled to receive a 1-year, 53-issue subscription…. However, if for some reason, you would prefer not to receive U.S. News & World Report, please complete and sign this form … and you’ll receive a $25 refund.”
So go figure. Sign up for Salon for $30, and you *could* get $37 in refunds *plus* Salon for a year. No wonder they’re always on the verge of bankruptcy.