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Cost of newspaper's commemorative Spurs book questioned

San Antonio Express-News' Spurs victory book automatically charged to subscribers

If you have not gotten your fill of souvenirs from the Spurs' fifth NBA Championship season, theres another item going on sale that may fit your bill. But not everyone's happy about it.
If you have not gotten your fill of souvenirs from the Spurs' fifth NBA Championship season, theres another item going on sale that may fit your bill. But not everyone's happy about it.

SAN ANTONIO – If you have not gotten your fill of mementos and souvenirs from the Spurs' fifth NBA Championship season, there's another item going on sale that may fit your bill from the San Antonio Express-News. 

However, if you already are a newspaper subscriber, you will get it automatically in the Sunday edition and, unless you take action, you'll pay extra for it too. 

The commemorative book is filled with photos and action from the team's amazing accomplishments in the NBA season and has a store price of $4.95. Subscribers get a discount.

Catherine Ferguson, head of Marketing and Sales for the Express-News, said in a statement, "Re-accuring subscribers were notified that they would be receiving this commemorative magazine on Sunday and would be charged 50% off the retail price."

However, that $2.50 charge will come in the form of an adjusted expiration date to their subscription.

The move got an immediate reaction on social media outlets.

While some tweeted that they couldn't wait to get their copy Sunday, other's, like GiGi, noted, "@mySA Genius to tick off your dwindling remaining subscribers by making them buy the Spurs section. Hate to be working the phones."

Facebook also had plenty of reaction on numerous sites.

Katie wrote, "Wow, I didn't think someone could charge you for a service you didn't ask for or accept."

But while the notice subscribers received informing them of the $2.50 charge, Ferguson pointed out that there is a way to opt out of the book and the price increase.

"As consistent with our subscriber agreement, our readers have the option of opting out any product or service during their contract period. Subscribers have the option to opt-out of the magazine at mySA.com/SpursMagazine. Due to the popularity of the San Antonio Spurs, less than 1 percent have chosen to exercise this option," said Ferguson.

Doing so will take you to a form to fill out, including your Express-News customer number.

If you do want the new book, and you are not a subscriber, it will be available to buy in stores, but also online at www.mySA.com.  There are five different versions and for $4.95 each.

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