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Not sure how that happened... (213.2) - Mark's Journal
Not sure how that happened... (213.2)
Several months ago, I discovered that the New York Times lets you have unlimited free access to their web content (instead of up to ten free articles a month) if you sign in with a .edu e-mail address. You just have to go to nytimes.com/passes to create an account (if you don't already have one) and sign in.

Until last week, each time I signed in, I was told that my academic pass was valid until midnight the next day, or something like that. Fine, I figured. Signing in every couple of days was a worthwhile irritation if it meant I got to keep reading the Times without having to pay them, and without having to delete their browser cookies every several days to start the page-limit counter over at zero.

But then last week, I noticed that the confirmation message when I signed in said "Your pass will expire on September 30th, 2021 at 12:00 AM ET."

No more jumping through hoops? I can read as much as I want? For over five years? I'm sold!

(Also, 2021 is only five years from now?! WTF?!)
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vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: May 6th, 2016 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooo. Tips! I think I even have an alum not Wellesley dot EDU email address sort of Kinda.
helianthas From: helianthas Date: May 9th, 2016 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can also subscribe and support!
My Sunday-only paper subscription gets me all free digital access.
It's like $18-$24/month or something
Totally worth it to support great journalism.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 23rd, 2016 01:33 pm (UTC) (Link)

Someday soon, I will be feeling wealthy enough to support journalism by paying the Times for access to their web content. Right now? Not so much.

Even so, I will probably still hold it against them that they stole my money when I could not afford it by refusing to let me cancel a free trial subscription and charging me month after month until finally the credit card expired.

Hm, I guess I should go after them for that again.
helianthas From: helianthas Date: May 23rd, 2016 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
They refused to let you cancel??? Bizarre.
(PS - call the credit card company next time, they should be able to stop the recurring charges.)

FWIW, I do think the Times has a terrible customer service interface.
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