Want to cancel that cheap introductory newspaper subscription offer once the rate has gone up? Just try.

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Rumor has it that when you call to cancel a digital newspaper subscription, instead of a yes, you will get a barrage of counteroffers. Turns out the rumor is true.

In a spirit of experimentation, I took out $1 introductory digital subscriptions in the spring to The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. This fall, as much higher monthly rates kicked in, I tried to cancel.

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