I just renewed my subscription to Salon.com. Salon is one of only three places on the web that I’m prepared to pay to read (the other two are Kuro5hin and Metafilter – both of which I’ve donated a few dollars to). I don’t visit Salon quite as much as I used to in the past, by virtue of not visiting it daily, but I do read it often enough for it to be worth the $30/year subscription.
To be honest, I feel a little sorry for Salon. They’ve got a fair number of subscribers, but I heard that they’re losing money and it would be a shame to see them go bust; a bit like seeing a cute kitten die of a fatal, inherited illness.
Incidentally, if you want a cut-price subscription to Salon for $20/year (that’s a third off) then just contact me; current subscribers can give ‘gift’ subscriptions for less money (you’d have to send me the $20, of course). And no, I don’t see anything wrong with this, because I think that the only people likely to want this are those who are merely curious and wouldn’t have gone for the full rate.