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Someone is trying to damage all newsagency businesses

Mark Fletcher
November 21st, 2016 · 14 Comments

Screen Shot 2016-11-20 at 2.47.11 PMSomeone has started a blog that appears hell-bent on harming all newsagency businesses. The Bad Newsagent has only just started but the venom is obvious.

The author of the blog is not confident enough of their opinions to publish their name. Shame on them.

I wonder what they hope to achieve from their blog. reading the few posts, it is as if they want to make selling a newsagency business difficult. It also reads like they don’t want others to try and help newsagents evolve their businesses to be relevant to today.

If we knew the author we might have context and understand their anger.


Category: Ethics

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ken // Nov 21, 2016 at 7:20 AM

    HI MARK, the other bad people are accountants who are telling people not to buy newsagency and its dying. these kind of people make us of us sick but we know this indusrty will survive as long as we adapt.


  • 2 James // Nov 21, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Clearly uninformed and not in touch with the reality of retail today.

    If you want to buy a gift shop, buy a gift shop……gift shops are closing their doors at the same rate as newsagents. As a stand alone entity, they don’t work in the 21st century.

    If you want to buy a convenience store, buy a convenience store….Woollies are trying to exit convenience. Star Marts and 7/11 rely on employing overseas students for $10 an hour for 18 hours shifts. That way they can make it look like normal shift wages when they fudge the time sheets. In other words, Convenience only works if you cheat. At any given time 20% of 7/11 franchises are for sale. Its a one and done franchise term business destined to chew your capital.

    The writer of the blog is clearly not a retailer, nor up to date with 21st century developments. All bricks and mortar retail is doing it tough, Pumpkin Patch ring a bell….. The challenge is to remain current and provide an offer that gives customers a reason to come to your store.


  • 3 Tania // Nov 21, 2016 at 10:41 AM

    I would like to have this person come and spend a day or two in my store and see how my business is not failing but thriving.


  • 4 Sam // Nov 21, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Looking at the site it only got up just recently just as we saw the last post of Neil – a person who seems to have plenty of time to bag our channel. He would of last signed off about that time after being told that his constant nuisance feedback and error prone referencing links was not valued here. He must of sulked and wanted take revenge.

    He never cared or valued small businesses, only purchase with the big two evil that whom we do not speak of and has cares for no one other than himself.

    The world must be a sad place for him.


  • 5 shauns // Nov 22, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    The sad part is I think this clown is still a Newsagent because of what he said in this line sort of gives it away “Amongst millennial, we are a joke” He uses the word WE . The more we keep commenting about it the more he will keep going on about it all , if we stop I would say he will just fade away and come back on here when he realises he failed at blogging as well


  • 6 Neil // Nov 22, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Commenting because your accusation was bought to my attention – Site is not mine.


  • 7 Mark Fletcher // Nov 22, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    hoever is behind the blog commented here but as it was their first comment from that identity it came up for moderation. I did not approve it as it would have provided the type of link they want to drive traffic to the site.

    I have the IP address for the comment. It is not from Australia. This suggests they have gone to lengths to hide their identity and location.


  • 8 Peter // Nov 22, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    You confess you do moderate and delete if you consider it not up to scratch. I will now see awaiting moderation when I hit Post Comment.


  • 9 Mark Fletcher // Nov 22, 2016 at 9:34 AM

    No confession Peter. The first comment is always moderated. Has been for years and I have been transparent about that for years. This comment from you is not your first. You have had 246 comments published on this blog. No shadows to jump at here.


  • 10 Mark Fletcher // Nov 24, 2016 at 9:40 PM

    What is amazing about this person’s blog is their gutlessness to put their name to the blog. They are trying to wipe of millions from the value off family businesses.


  • 11 Mark Fletcher // Nov 24, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Their posts read like they are angry at themselves for their own failure. There are plenty of successful newsagents enjoying wonderful growth. There is data to prove this.


  • 12 Kathy Cotter // May 17, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    I would just like to get a paper delivered. Can’t seem to achieve this. Advertiser are no help. 6 weekdays without a paper after 27 years of near perfect delivery!


  • 13 Factory Worker // May 18, 2018 at 3:15 AM

    Kathy, time to forget about dead tree newspapers.

    Time to go digital


  • 14 Steve // May 18, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Or you could start walking to your local newsagent every morning to pick it up.

    Good for your health and the days of some poor newsagent throwing a paper into your yard at 4am for a pittance are as good as over.


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