Membership and shop updates

Sat, 17 Apr 2010

As part of this weeks web work I'm updating the shop and the subscription system.

Subscriptions are being replaced by premium memberships. Membership will be available as a monthly package. For £3 a month, you'll receive free downloads and access to all sorts of interesting stuff. If you're an existing subscriber your subscription will run as usual until it expires then I hope that you'll move across to the new membership system.

Full details here…

I'm also changing the shop around. I'm splitting it into three parts.

The Shop: This will be the showcase for the six most recent models that I've produced. They'll be available for £3 each or free to premium members.

Collections: Existing models from the store grouped together in themes. For example, the Gears Collection contains the bevel gear, straight gear and rack & pinion models. These will be priced at £2 each per item contained – in the case of the Gears Collection for example – £6.

Warehouse: All the other models. Anything not new and not in a collection will be available from the warehouse for £2.50.

This'll all be happening over the next few days – I've got the database sorted so now it is just a case of updating some tags.

Hope you like the new plan!



Boxer Collection

Gears Collection

Logic Goats Collection

Paper Locksmith Collection

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Comments (9)

  • Deal April 17, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Probably a very nice and


    Probably a very nice and profitable idea for you. And I hope so, but 36 pounds a year? That's $55 and change over here across the pond and that's just too much in our recession ridden times for this cardboard cutter. Sorry. But I guess when my present subscription runs out, it's Sayonara.

    • clintfern April 18, 2010 at 2:44 am

      I have to say that going from

      I have to say that going from 10 pounds to 36 pounds for a years membership / subscription would very likely be too large a leap for me as well.

      I guess I'll be reverting to buying individual models when I see them.

    • robives April 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

      Thanks for your feedback

      Thanks for your feedback guys. Don't worry, as a current subscriber you'll remain subscribed with the same benefits for the full year of your subscription. I understand your concerns but I'm sure that over the coming year I'll be able to show you that £3 a month (less than $5) gives you great value for your money. I have all sorts of new models planned. To add to that I'll be releasing more prototypes and pure mechanisms exclusively for members (and current subscribers) so you can expand and change existing models to your own  design. Enjoy the rest of your subscription and I hope I'll be able to welcome you as members as the end of the year.

      best wishes


    • walkingrock April 18, 2010 at 11:35 pm

      I won’t be renewing my

      I won't be renewing my membership. I am disappointed because now I am paying for models that were supposedly free???? That's what we across the pond call bait-and-swtch.

      • robives April 19, 2010 at 5:15 am

        Hi Walkingrock, thanks for

        Hi Walkingrock, thanks for your feedback.

        Please be assured that as an existing subscriber all the new models will remain free – they'll also continue to be free for the new membership system. Nothing has changed on the free downloads front.

        • CarrockStar April 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

          I’m going to butt in a

          I'm going to butt in a support Rob on this one. I'm currently a subscriber, my subscription expires in about six months then I'll be signing up to the new membership. I always thought that the subscription price was underpriced  (but who's complaining!) I reckon that £3 a month, less than five bucks for me, is still excellent value for the quality and diversity of the downloads that Rob produces. So, thanks Rob; I'll carry on for as long as you do.


  • Eleanor S April 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Good Value is Good Value

    Good Value is Good Value


    I can certainly understand that an increase in cost from £10 to £36 represents a 360% increase. However I actually feel that the original pricepoint of £10 reflected generosity as opposed to commercial sense. As a teacher I'm afraid I have to confess to photocopying Rob Ives' models and this helps me greatly in class. I feel bad doing it and I know I am one of many.

    The deal is not the same either, so in actual fact I will get more for my money. As long as the quality is maintained I will be more than satisfied to continue to renew my subscription. I can't get this quality of thought and design anywhere else. At just 10p a day it's hard to think of too many things that give me as much pleasure. Actually one good olive costs much more than that. As for a good cup of coffee, buy one get a model free!

    I am sure if Rob Ives has had to make this adjustment it's because he needs to earn a living too.

    I wonder if he'd make a wobbling coffee cup model…too many curves perhaps?



    • robives April 19, 2010 at 11:28 am

      Thanks CarrockStar and

      Thanks CarrockStar and Eleanor, I appreciate your support. Eleanor, you might want to check out the Too Much Coffee model. It is a free download for premium members.

    • walkingrock April 20, 2010 at 12:14 am

      I see your point, Elanor. I

      I see your point, Elanor. I have never copied any of the downloads but I have certainly referred my students to the website when we talk about gears, etc. Maybe you have some lesson plans you would share?

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