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(Editor & Publisher)   Starbucks demands newspapers give them free advertising space.   ( divider line
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5686 clicks; posted to Main » on 04 Oct 2001 at 10:09 AM (16 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2001-10-04 10:16:02 AM  
Ad space for exclusive newspaper placement. Doesn't sound like too bad of a deal to me. What's all the fuss about?
2001-10-04 10:16:40 AM  
Er... last i heard starbucks wouldnt even give free water to dying people.
2001-10-04 10:19:50 AM  
"Anytime you're the only local newspaper that's available, you've got an edge."

Yay, media monopolies are good for you!
2001-10-04 10:32:16 AM  
Starfarks has to be run by the Anti-Christ
2001-10-04 10:32:28 AM  
"The goal is to make its customers' experience consistent." -- Mark Sacks, Starbucks' publications product manager

"Since then, each one of our stores has become a unique part of its neighborhood. Our stores are about people. The customers and partners (employees) at each location give the store its own personality and atmosphere." -- Starbuck's Reverend Billy memo

Make up your farking mind...
2001-10-04 10:36:23 AM  
nice catch, Tooney.

mebbe someone could get starbucks for monopolistic practices? (under the bundling part of the law)
2001-10-04 10:36:37 AM  
"Thanks for the grande double foam latte espresso with cinnamon, Satan...."

Fark them......i'm going to The Second Cup, you coffee Nazis !!!
2001-10-04 10:38:39 AM  
How much more proof do we need that Starbucks is a virus infecting the world? you may mildly scoff at this now, but you won't when Starbucks starts setting up stores on every residential corner. What's next? Them buying houses here and there and turning them into Starbucks stores in neighborhoods too?

Farking arseholes.
2001-10-04 10:40:22 AM  
Starbucks, Microsoft... what is it with Seattle-based companies and their "Borg Collective" look-alike contests?
2001-10-04 10:42:00 AM  
I suppose the New York times would have problems getting customers if it weren't for Starbucks... PLEASE!
2001-10-04 11:02:13 AM  
"The goal is to make its customers' experience consistent, said Mark Sacks, Starbucks' publications product manager."

Huh huh huh. Mark Sacks. I'll bet his middle name is Ball.

Nickname "Sniffer"?

Ok, I'll be quiet now.
2001-10-04 11:02:34 AM  
I dont know if it's just my imagination, but in northern Indiana where I live, I never see a Starbucks, im not saying that they don't exist, I just think northern Indiana is the last place to be rapped by Starbucks. I'm so lucky.
2001-10-04 11:12:22 AM  
I am with daz on this one. Though that said, I would have thought that with publicity stunt greats such as charging NY ambulance crews for water it wouldnt matter how many national newspapers you have adeverts in: people will still see you as the bunch of money grabbing bean grinders that you are.
2001-10-04 11:13:53 AM  
All Hail Dunkin' Donuts!!!!!

Here in New England, Starfarks has yet to make an impact. They aimed to do the "Resitence is futile" thing and knock D&D off the map, but our loyalties to our homegrown brand are strong... heh... that at about 5 D&D outlets per capita..

But seeing as Starfarks coffee takes like burnt monkey piss, its not a problem. They can go pound sand as far as I am concerned.
2001-10-04 11:17:57 AM  
I once snuck into the stockroom of a starbucks, and it was full of SPACE PODS!!!
Look, you fools. You're in danger. Can't you see? They're after you. They're after all of us. Our wives, our children, everyone. They're here already. YOU'RE NEXT!
2001-10-04 11:19:59 AM  
Yay for Dunkin' Donuts! They kick Starbucks' fruity ass.
2001-10-04 11:24:32 AM  
I usually bring my own selection of reading material when drinking at Starbucks. Its sooooo funny to see the looks on peoples faces when they see me reading "Scat Magazine" and "Hustler".

I miss Tim Horton's
2001-10-04 11:28:47 AM  
I just like the fact that they pointed out Houston & Dallas, both cities only have one major newspaper. Were's the benefit for them?

"Give us free adspace, and you'll be the only newspaper we sell in our stores!"

"Umm...we're already the only paper in the city..."

"Oh....Forgetting about the old Greensheet are you?"

2001-10-04 11:47:43 AM  
I'm no fan of Starbucks, but from all the farticles I can only assume Drew has a major hard-on for these guys.
2001-10-04 12:06:46 PM  
Hey cool, now I won't have to waste the want ads for my guinea pig's cage! Thanks starfarks!
2001-10-04 12:16:08 PM  
More idiotic anti-Starbucks propaganda. The headline of this link: "... demands free advertising space..." is frustratingly misleading. They were offering ad space in exchange for placing that newspaper in the shop - hardly a DEMAND.
2001-10-04 12:21:58 PM  
I think the Onion saw this coming months ago:

Starbucks article
2001-10-04 12:30:37 PM  
Worse yet, apparently the creator of HEATHCLIFF died. :(
2001-10-04 01:08:05 PM  
Greedy shiats! Offering magazines and other reading material helps keep people in the store and drinking more coffee. And they expect free advertising on top of it!?
2001-10-04 01:33:55 PM  
Ok, so this is reason #398 that I will not go to Czarbucks...
Why do they need to advertize anyway...they are would be like Coke advertizing where their pop machines are.
2001-10-04 01:34:22 PM  
I'm starting to think Fark needs a "Starbucks" banner for stories. This is like 3 or 4 times in the last coupla weeks.
2001-10-04 02:20:17 PM  
AGAIN with people making demands... ok, you know what... HERE!

::sets up a little "DEMANDS" window, completely with a "Take A Number" stand and someone behind a window to laugh at you.::

Starbucks, you can get right behind Chubby Checker... in fact, we'll even reimburse you for gas, how about that!

Starbucks... you ARE the Dumbest Ass... Good-bye!
2001-10-04 02:31:14 PM  
You know, it's funny... I've tried many times to patronize the local coffee shops in my area, but every time I do I get inattentive or outright rude service. You think if Starbucks was the evil out to dishevel all the independent shops, they'd realize it and be a little more appreciative of their customers. Until then, I continue to visit my neighborhood Starbucks-- they're courteous, fast, and the barista is cute as hell.
2001-10-04 03:03:03 PM  
2001-10-04 03:23:28 PM  
I went to Starbucks and got fined for wearing my socks to high
2001-10-04 03:40:50 PM  
Don't fall for the 'barista is cute as hell' gag!! They pull the same shiat at Guitar Center - put a cute girl in the booth right at the door to eye you up and purr 'hello' at you so you think that "she's into rock stars." Puts you in the mood to buy their crap, don't it?
2001-10-04 03:43:47 PM  
I've only had StarBucks coffee once, complimentary to a presentation by an author at another Borg-like, monolithic entity: Barnes & Noble. It tasted like shyt.

What I don't get is WHY do ppl pay obscene prices for such an inferior product? After all, you do have OPTIONS. Jebus...


CBG (a.k.a. MontyBurns)
2001-10-04 04:01:27 PM  
Starbux sux.
2001-10-04 04:35:23 PM  
that's funny, jaygerson.

initiating chemtrail strike on mesa arizona . . .
2001-10-04 04:35:45 PM  
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2001-10-04 04:55:58 PM  
Hey -- Starbucks...You can advertise on my ass! Seriously!
2001-10-04 05:18:22 PM  
Starfucks sucks ass!

-he who stacks pork
2001-10-04 05:50:22 PM  
Starbucks is lame.....

I cannot even get plain farking coffee at the local one...

they are gonna die there anyway, the local one is KILLING THEM
2001-10-04 05:54:33 PM  
Starsoft. I've been saying it for four years, but no one believed me.
2001-10-04 05:56:32 PM  
Hello boys and girls

The word for today is Non-competetive Business Practices

Can you say Non-competetive Business Practices?

Good... I knew that you could.
2001-10-04 05:57:24 PM  
Anyone seen Dogshow?
The couple that meets at Starbucks that are accross the street form each other crack me up.

p.s. Starbucks will take a dive pretty soon. People will get tired of it and they have oversaturated the market. Also, once the Recession becomes defacto, people will tighten the purse strings. You think people wil be willing to spend 6$ on a cup of coffee? I think Starbuck profits are going to take a huge hit in the next year and a lot of the stores will close.
We will see I guess.
2001-10-04 05:59:55 PM  
Here in my little old New Zealand hometown we have an independent coffeehouse, coffee cart, hole-in-the-wall or other such caffiene outlet on just about every city block.

Starfarks arrived here and set up two of their shiatbag stores and found that their overpriced, badly made coloured water has won about 0.8% market share. The other 99.2% of us prefer to drink coffee.
2001-10-04 06:26:23 PM  
starbucks..skcubrats...skcu brats??? wtf?!?!
2001-10-04 06:37:54 PM  
Just thinking....does starbucks really even need to advertise? I mean they're on every farking street corner. I don't think that they have much of a problem getting people to know that they are there.
2001-10-04 06:59:27 PM  
I've got the sneaking suspicion that Starbucks
is run by the Scientologists.
2001-10-04 08:19:36 PM  
Why even complain about Starbucks? They don't engage in shady business practices, they treat their employees well, including those who pick the coffee beans, and makea product that people want to buy.

That sounds like a recipie for success, and what do you know, Starbucks is an amazing success.

If you just don't like their coffee, don't buy it. There are better examples of The Man to bash than Starbucks.
2001-10-04 09:55:14 PM  
Ain't no Starbux in Sturgis, South Dakota! Just Harleys and pickup trucks and coffee you could use for undercoating! Lessee, what OTHER big company from Seattle area is big on being a monopolistic bully? Much as I see this as a nonissue in these trying times, it still feels good to say, "BITE MY ARSE YUPPIE SCUM!" What the fark is a "barrista" anyway?
2001-10-04 09:58:18 PM  
PS - For an example of good, decent, civil discourse such as we all should strive for, see Yellownumber5's input above my yawp.
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