The Week magazine ceased publishing in Australia on October 12, 2012. I liked the magazine but would never actually pay for it. I can get the same review of the week’s news free online. Anyway, it died.
I was shocked to see The Week in one of my newsagencies on the weekend. Was this a miracle? Had The Week has risen from the dead?
No, this is no miracle, it’s the UK edition from Dennis Publishing and distributed in Australia by the Bauer owned Network Services. This is no miracle, it’s a scam! There is no justification for sending the UK edition here, taking up our shelf space and using our cash.
The Week failed in Australia, abysmally. The failure cost newsagents money as we were oversupplied the title consistently. Now, some genius has decided that the UK version of The Week should be on our shelves.
Dennis Publishing and Network Services should know better. This is a sneaky move. Okay, they may sell some copies but why have I been sent stock in my store out in the Melbourne suburbs where the Australian edition failed to sell? Why didn’t Network ask me before they decided to spend my money this way? They want me to pay them on time yet they deny me mechanisms with which to reasonably control the level of debt.
This supply of the UK edition of The Week is another form of oversupply. It disrespects and abuses newsagents in a way Network would not treat the supermarkets or other magazine outlets.
Network and Dennis Publishing are treating us as suckers.
I am writing to the ACCC, documenting this example with history of the Australian title. Network will argue to the ACCC that I can stop the title and I can return unsold copies. Well, it’s not as easy as that. I have to submit the request and they have to decide if it’s acceptable. I can’t just cut the title.
FYI: The company behind the Australian issue of The Week, Dennis Publishing Pty Ltd, collapsed owing a considerable sum – see the creditors report here.