Originally Posted by grimtooth
I'm thinking about a premium service but what worries me is I tried it in the past, heck we've been running a premium service for years now and never had more than 40-50 signups at anytime at our peak and that was when we used PayPal, now that we switched to BitCoins and Gift Cards that has dropped to 2-4 donations total.
Originally Posted by BlueDemon
You know what, you've got a real point here. This entire site was dedicated to stopping Tazmo from making money off of other peoples work. Kind of kills the entire premium idea, because no longer am I interested in just breaking even, but recurring revenue to earn a profit. It's not right to earn a profit off the hard work of other people either.
Originally Posted by Anifreak501
Nobody is charitable? Why are so many people in the Manga/Anime community like this? I can't tell you the number of PM/Email's I've got with people acting in a similar manner over the years. I've been running this site since 2004, for the last 2-4 years at the very least I've been losing money. I've just charged the expenses to my CC and ignored the bills for the most part. If I were to send you DVD's, at 4.7GB, 512GB/4.7GB = 108 DVD's. If you would like a suggestion, I suggest you simply locate the manga you want to read online. I'm just not in the business of competing against Netflix, with the sending DVD's out and having them returned.
Originally Posted by Mario1776
I agree that a lot of people would not want to come here if we became a premium site, people rather keep their money when they can instead of buying things. I'm in the same positions especially since I do not have much money. The thing is if I did charge $1/m, only a few people would be paying anyways and if I did launch premium I'd want to be making $500/m or so so this premium idea is probably not going to work out.
Originally Posted by sora_hime06
Thank you for your feedback. A community leadership might be too much since I guess rates could be determined by a script that would show how much each member would have to pay. If I did open the downloads I'd need to be making $500/m, so that is $500 for the profit + $100 for the server = $600 or 600 members @ $1/m. I'm thinking about all of this and just do not see it happening since I've been trying to get BitCoin donations for a while now with no luck.
Originally Posted by al217
I understand it can be hard for those in countries with weak currencies so don't worry too much about donating since I'm not sure we will be reopening the downloads anyways. I'm sure though you will find other sites that are as easy to use as this one.
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Anyways thank you everyone for your feedback. I guess it's not going to work out to start up premium membership since there is no way to really make as much money as I need to pay for the servers and the return on my time/effort that I'd like. Another thing that worries me is I really don't want to become like Tazmo with all of his premium stuff just to make money. I guess now that I'm older and need the money, it's time for me to move on to other ventures. I'm still open to ideas on how to earn money to keep the site going but I'm not seeing anything myself, and advertising is not going to work.
I do hope everyone keeps visiting! Thank you all for your feedback.
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