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What do you spend $2 on? Answered

So what with all the fuss about paying less than $2 a month for pro, it really is a fair question - what's something else you spend less than two dollars on? What incidentals (coffee, music, gum, those purple fuzzy socks...) do you drop $2 or more on every month? Every week? Every day? I know people who spend more than $1.95 on their morning coffee.

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Brennn10 (author)2009-07-26

I spent $2 on a faux Rolex at a yard sale this morning. The other day I purchased a flat brim "k2 Skis" cap for $2.00 and resold it on ebay for $10.00.

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UltraMagnus (author)2009-07-26

My objection is nothing to do with the amount, it is the principal of paying for proper access to user generated, mostly open source information.

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Lithium Rain (author)UltraMagnus2009-07-26

Ah, and there is your problem - just why should you have free "proper access" when the staff has to pay to put it up? Yes, it's freely shared information, but nobody owes you access to it on instructables.

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guyfrom7up (author)2009-07-26

something from deal extreme?

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A good name (author)2009-07-18

I think that you're missing the point though. I'm not going to start paying for everything that used to be free just because people are using the economy as an excuse, because then I would run out of money.

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Goodhart (author)A good name2009-07-21

I'm not going to start paying for everything that used to be free...

If you use the internet, you sure will. I predict, if we don't turn the tide soon, you will be paying for internet access to sites on a per-click basis, within 5-10 years. :-(

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thematthatter (author)Goodhart2009-07-24

you have to do that now! I remember back in the day when internet porn was free and most of the time poped up regardless of what you searched for. Now they want $49.99 a month. and porn has always been the leader of technology from VHS to blu-ray, so who knows what will happen next.

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Goodhart (author)thematthatter2009-07-25

Well, that is only if that is all you go for. I am married, I don't need pictures, or such, I have the real live genuine article in my home (although that costs more in reality). Still, most places you go too, don't charge you to see their sites.

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A good name (author)Goodhart2009-07-21

Ah, screw the internet then. Besides, I'm a pessimist. 5-10 years in my world is a total societal collapse.

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Goodhart (author)A good name2009-07-21

That's an attitude that will definitely quicken the pace.... ;-)

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Goodhart (author)A good name2009-07-22

Hmm, are you callin' me a she? ;-)

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A good name (author)Goodhart2009-07-23

No :D (PS I'm totally hinting at something here)

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Lithium Rain (author)A good name2009-07-18

I think that you're missing the point.

I'm not going to start expecting everybody to give me things that cost them time and money for free forever just because I want them, because then they would run out of money.

Oh, and the economy is not "an excuse". Honestly, do you live under a rock?! Do you not watch the news or buy anything at the store or talk to people who do? Have you seen what's happening? The entire world economy is bollixed up. Unemployment is up. The economy's in a recession. Major banks failed. The stock market is sick. Even the experts have no idea when it will get better, whether hopeful signs are causes for genuine hope or just a false glimmer.

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kelseymh (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-18

Lithium, there are a lot of people in this country who seem to have a sense of entitlement. Mostly, but not exclusively, wealthy Republicans.

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Lithium Rain (author)kelseymh2009-07-18

Haha, yes, that seems to be the basic problem with those who protest so strongly and seem so...genuinely angry about the change...

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Weissensteinburg (author)2009-07-11

Fun fact! The median income for men working full time in 2007 was $45,113. Going pro costs about $24 a year. That means for the average male, going pro would consume 0.053% of their annual income. If you spend one hour on instructables every day, then you spend 4.16% of your time here. It seems to me like it's more than worth it to go pro.

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*facepalm* are you hired by someone to tell us this?

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Kiteman (author)ReCreate2009-07-14

What makes it so hard for people to realise that this site is worth the effort and the money?

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ReCreate (author)Kiteman2009-07-14

It is, But the featured being removed are not.

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Kiteman (author)ReCreate2009-07-14

Just a thought - how many members seem unhappy about pro-ness at the moment? I count just three.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-07-14

Not I. :-D

No seriously, even before I was, I mean...

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Weissensteinburg (author)Kiteman2009-07-14

I only hear from one regularly.

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Kiteman (author)Weissensteinburg2009-07-14

Fortunately, most of us are intelligent enough to realise that posting a comment lots does not mean lots are posting that comment.

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kelseymh (author)ReCreate2009-07-14

No, we aren't hired. In fact, both W'burg and Kiteman are paying for the privilege, unlike some people (including myself). Some people enjoy learning new facts and information, others...

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how about the median income for instructable users? I would say most instructablians are only 18-25 and that (from my experience) is only 20K

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kelseymh (author)thematthatter2009-07-21

According to Quantcast, The two largest groups are $0-30K and $30-60K. Good call, there!

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kelseymh (author)thematthatter2009-07-21

Check Eric's forum topic from a few months ago, with very detailed demographics. It's kind of scary what information can be collected.

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I remember that, but can't seem to find it. Any idea what it was called?

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Wups. My fault. It actually wasn't Eric, it was Lemonie! I resorted to putting "quantcast" into the I'ble search box and toggling to Forum Topics.

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Goodhart (author)thematthatter2009-07-16

factor in that many MANY of them live at home with parents......and the cost of living suddenly drops too ;-)

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I have no way of knowing what the median instructables age group is. If it were 20K, a pro account would still only cost .12% of your yearly income.

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Chicken2209 (author)2009-06-06

i could have donated it to charity!! now you look like a bad guy

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Kiteman (author)Chicken22092009-06-07

"...could have donated it..."

But you didn't - now you are the bad guy.

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KentsOkay (author)Kiteman2009-07-13

I donate 4 hours + a week to charity for the last 5 years. Now who's the good guy :D

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Kiteman (author)KentsOkay2009-07-13

I have helped raise tens of thousands of pounds for charity. But that wasn't the point of my post.

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Lithium Rain (author)Kiteman2009-07-13

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

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Goodhart (author)Lithium Rain2009-07-21

The word charity should be love (in modern English)

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Lithium Rain (author)Goodhart2009-07-22

Indeed, the translations I use most often render it love, I just liked this translation' s phrasing better this time for some reason ;)

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KentsOkay (author)Kiteman2009-07-13

moeny shmoney, gettin your hands dirty and doin' it is the way to roll :D

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Kiteman said he helped raised it, that requires a lot of time and effort ;) I agree with you though, I find it most satisfying when I'm actually working for charity, doing the work that directly benefits people. My two favorite places to volunteer have been the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen (plating food, serving, etc) and Habitat for Humanity (You can barely call it work if you get to use power tools).

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Chicken2209 (author)Kiteman2009-06-07

well i cant now, its in my pickle that im using to save up for pro :O

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ReCreate (author)Chicken22092009-07-13

Its in a pickle O_o
Wow how to you put money in a pickle?
SHOW ME HOW!!111one lol

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Goodhart (author)Chicken22092009-06-07

in a pickle? Or the jar?

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Kiteman (author)2009-06-06

$2 wouldn't even buy a bottle of beer over here. Not one I'd consider drinking, anyway.

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thematthatter (author)Kiteman2009-07-16

You need to lower your standards kiteman, Not everyone can afford the ultra premium beer like Budweiser.

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