Once you dismiss some of the fringe comments, there are enough other comments to suggest the move may have unintended consequences.
If the paywall is like that for The Times in London then it will certainly be frustrating and possible cost the publisher traction for good stories. Whereas with a print product a consumer can drift in and out of engagement by purchasing the odd copy, with the paywall for The Times this is not possible.
At The Times today there is a story I am interested in, but not interested enough to pay a £2 subscription to access. So I purchased the print edition. This is not entirely satisfactory as I’d now like to share the story and can’t do that easily with the print edition. It’s The Times story I’d like to share, not the version I can find from other publications.
News misses out with this scenario as do their advertisers. Their paywall effectively blocks recommendations from readers who used to share links. This stops a good story which they have exclusively from taking off virally. While this will not so much be an issue with the Herald Sun, it must be an issue with The Times here in the UK and The Australian back home.
Now, from a retailers perspective this could be good as people who can’t access something may well head to a newsagency to purchase a newspaper. Time will tell.