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OT: Why Classified Ads in the Straits Times

Old Dec 1, 19, 4:10 pm
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OT: Why Classified Ads in the Straits Times

Whenever I pick up a copy of the Straits Times, I always wonder why there is such a large classified ads section in there. This has disappeared in most newspapers due to the Internet. Is there some special law or tradition that explains their continuation in Singapore ?
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Old Dec 3, 19, 8:14 pm
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When you say 'most newspapers', which country/regions do you mean? And when you actually have noticed that disappearance?
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Google is your friend. Print classified ads down about 80% from 2000 across all US print newspapers. Online classifieds up. Anyone have an answer to the OP’s very interesting question?
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Quite often online ads also get listed on the paper version as well. Perhaps this is what is happenening
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Old Dec 4, 19, 1:53 am
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We still get them a lot here (Australia), for what I assume are 2 reasons
1) prostitutes, where in some states there are somewhat archaic rules on advertising
2) old people selling cars
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I still see a lot (relatively) of classified and other ads in English language newspapers in South Korea and Japan.

Does anyone know about the case in Paris, for example, where the old IHT traditionally had lots of ads aimed at expats?

I also see lots of classified ads in some of the various English language free (Where, What's On, etc.) monthly city guides (where still available) aimed at both tourists and expats, plus sex worker and language conversation offerings between locals and tourists/expats. Popular categories seem to be meetings (including AA), charities and help services (such as suicide prevention lines), used furniture, apartments and hotels, restaurants, foreign language worship services, clubs for expats, matchmakers, employment especially as tutors and translators but also waitpersons and lounge entertainers, legal/visa services, etc.
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