Culture: Magazine
Pay-for-Read Weekly   (+2, -2)  [vote for, against]
Why stop at free catalogs or magazines? Pay the reader!

The magazine is available only by free subscription. It consists of two pieces:

1) Advertisements

2) A ten dollar bill.

The bill is stuck between two pages, in such a way that it cannot easily be shaken out or found; the reader has to at least leaf through, on average, 50% of the magazine to find it.
-- jutta, Jul 24 2000

Free magazines http://www.halfbake...ea/Free_20magazines
This idea came out of exaggerating "Free magazines" [jutta, Jul 24 2000]
I bet you were joking about those Internet start-ups. (This site is a portal that pays you with a lottery system for clicking on links.) Truth is often stranger... [egnor, Jul 24 2000]

The trouble with this is that advertisers want to attract those who already have expendable money, not those who would be desperate to leaf through a load of meaningless rubbish in order to find cash. Ultimately, your magazine would be "read" most avidly by the illiterate underclass.
-- Lemon, Jul 24 2000

In that case the advertisers should all be Internet start-ups. They're all heavily funded by VCs and don't seem to need revenues. Anyway, they're not after money, they're after market share, so they'd happily advertise in Jutta's Pay-for-Read weekly.

I'll have ten subscriptions please.
-- hippo, Jul 24 2000

heres what they do: randomly give away $1, $5, $10, $20, $100, or $1000 checks in each mag. have 20 different ads with envelopes on them (costs extra to the advertiser, of course) and only 1 (also randomly selected) with ca$h in it.
-- cybercyph, Aug 14 2000

random, halfbakery