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With the ecnomy the way it is...WHY do you have to charge for INSTRUCTABLES???? ? Answered

I see NO SENSE in INSTRUCTABLES when you make money from the advertisers...WHY do the users ALSO have to pay???The pro fee is VERY expensive and from what i have read it does NOT work any better than the regular program. Let me see if i have this right...You get the users who pay for an account to publish their work and then you charge other people to see their ideas?? How much of the pro fee do the people who post THEIR work on here get??
This is looking ALOT like DISH or CABLE tv. You pay for a service that is supposed to commerical free....NOW either is nothing BUT commericals because some CEO has to GET RICH off other people...LIKE the ones who do ALL the work!!!
PLEASE enlighten mje as to WHY the average Joe has to pay for it????

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EmmettO
EmmettO

10 years ago

Maybe the instructable management want to be here for a long time, like the cable industry or Dish Network companies have been. Maybe they've really been footing the bill for all this time and can't keep doing it.

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RelientOwl
RelientOwl

10 years ago

Advertising isn't enough and if you haven't noticed no one is excluded from the recession actually we should be thankful the prices haven't gone UP and if you want to go PRO so bad start making instructables in contests

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orksecurity
orksecurity

10 years ago

If you don't like paying for it, there's absolutely no requirement that you buy a pro membership. I haven't., and I suspect most "average Joes" haven't. Getting the pro membership does get you some additional features and services.

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lemonie
lemonie

10 years ago


It's been like this for about a year if not more.
WHY are you complaining NOW?
It's not VERY expensive unless you are VERY poor.
If you've not figured out how to view stuff without paying ask that question.
(And price-up what it would cost you to do it on your own website and get the same number of page-hits)

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KaptinScarlet
KaptinScarlet

10 years ago

The simple answer is because it costs money to run instructables. Pay for the staff, the development and updating of the website, writing website code, all to give you all the functionality you want / need. How do you think this can be paid for, who do YOU think should pay for it. I know the old idea that advertising will pay for everything, but that model does not work at all for a site as complex as Instructables. In fact it really doesn't work for any site. Even traditional publications like newspapers only make a portion of their revenue from advertising, with most of the rest coming from the cover price. The strange thing about the web is that while everyone thinks that it should all be free, they don't think that all book shops should give away their books for free or that MacDonalds should start giving their food away from free. Here's the thing, if you don't want to pay you don't have to. The last thing is that if someone wants to start something and provide a great service that everyone can enjoy, then why shouldn't they earn a salary from it, or even get rich from it. The simple test of the market will prove if the idea can make someone rich. If no one wants the product or service then no one will buy it and no one will get rich. The same follows for cable TV, if no one wants to watch the content then no money is made. There is absolutely nothing stopping you working 90 hour weeks to provide excellent content and a focus for millions of users and then earning a salary out of it if you want to. In fact I advise that you do, and when you have done it you can make a choice whether or not to offer it for free to your users.