Membership – Amazing New Price!

Tue, 10 Jan 2012

Fantastic New Prices for Membership!
 
Standard Membership. $14.95 USD / £9.95 UKP yearly.
Membership Plus $ 44.95 USD / £29.95 UKP yearly
 
See below for the back story and to find out how I'll be making sure that existing members don't loose out! 
 
The internet is still but young. All sorts of people are setting up sites on all sorts of different themes from hobbyist electronics to knitting patterns and many of these sites are trying out a subscription model. I had experimented with subscriptions some years ago with the flying-pig site but it was only with the advent of the paypal subscription system and more advanced database driven content management systems (in this case, Drupal) that the technology has become manageable for a person such as myself working on their own. With the tech sorted, finding the right price is the next tricky part. I'd originally priced one year's membership at £14.95 and it was working nicely with many new members joining from all round the world. Then the shock. I was making a living from memberships backed up with paper modelling work for other companies. In quick succession three major companies I was working for went bankrupt leaving me out of pocket by a (£) five figure sum. To make ends meet I took a gamble and put up the prices to their current level as well as introducing membership+ 
With the support of my many fantastic subscribers I have pulled through the last couple of difficult years. Thank you all! The number of visitors to the site has continued to grow as have the number of subscribers. 
It's now time to take a gamble. 
Deep breath.
I really enjoy what I do. The idea that I can design a project one day and the next day someone in Venezuela or India or Canada can be building it is thrilling! Inevitably the price of the subscription is a barrier, one that I want to keep as low as possible. So we come to today's announcement. I'm reducing the prices so that as many people as possible can become members. 
It was difficult when I raised the prices on the website and I know that I lost some subscribers in the transition. Dropping the prices again has needed just as much thought and discussion. It is the members who joined in the last year at the higher rate that kept me and my family afloat. Thank you all! I want to show these members how much I appreciate their support so I have set up some rewards in appreciation. 
 
Standard Members:
If you are a standard member, either monthly or annual I'll be changing your membership to a membership+ for the remainder of your current membership. After that you can receive membership+ membership for 12 months for only £9.95/$14.95
This will give you free access to all the downloads on the site. 
 
Membership+ Members. 
As a thank you for your support Membership+ members can have lifetime access to membership+ privileges for only £9.95/$14.95 a year! I'll also send you a gift voucher for a standard membership that you can give to a friend. Thank you! 
 
It'll take me a little while to get these into place so please bear with me.
 
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Comments (7)

  • Shelley Noble January 10, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    RE-signing up the minute it’s

    RE-signing up the minute it's ready!!! >>> Great new pricing concept! Very fair and thoughtful of you. And now I can play with the great things you create more freely without hesitation.

    Thanks Shelley – its ready when you are 🙂 – RI

  • Crows Nest Dave January 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    I love that you are driven by

    I love that you are driven by quality and fairness … this is a good call Mr Ives.

  • machina eX January 10, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    machina eX <3 Rob and bows

    machina eX <3 Rob and bows before his honesty and transparency.

  • DobbyKnits January 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    Wow. Rob Ives: a very nice
    Wow. Rob Ives: a very nice chap, fair and generous to a fault. Rob, YOU ROCK PAPER AND SCISSORS! WOO-HOO!!!

  • robives January 11, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for your kind words

    Thanks for your kind words everyone!

    • umehta January 11, 2012 at 1:19 pm

      I am very confident that your

      I am very confident that your transparency will pay off.

      Wishing you only the best.

      -Urmish

      • tmetz10 January 11, 2012 at 5:30 pm

        Thanks, Rob. Will absolutely

        Thanks, Rob. Will absolutely be renewing my membership.

        I love your site.

         

        Tom

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