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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

9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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 RainUltraMagnus

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

something from deal extreme?

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A good name

9 years ago

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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GoodhartA good name

Reply 9 years ago

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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thematthatterGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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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Goodhartthematthatter

Reply 9 years ago

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 nameGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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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GoodhartA good name

Reply 9 years ago

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

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A good nameGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Lithium RainA good name

Reply 9 years ago

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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kelseymhLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

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 Rainkelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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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KitemanReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreateKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

It is, But the featured being removed are not.

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KitemanReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Lithium RainKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

Not I. :-D

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

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KitemanWeissensteinburg

Reply 9 years ago

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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kelseymhReCreate

Reply 9 years ago

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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kelseymhthematthatter

Reply 9 years ago

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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Weissensteinburgkelseymh

Reply 9 years ago

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

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kelseymhWeissensteinburg

Reply 9 years ago

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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Goodhartthematthatter

Reply 9 years ago

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

9 years ago

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

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KitemanChicken2209

Reply 9 years ago

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

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

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KentsOkayKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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KitemanKentsOkay

Reply 9 years ago

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 RainKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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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GoodhartLithium Rain

Reply 9 years ago

The word charity should be love (in modern English)

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Lithium RainGoodhart

Reply 9 years ago

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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KentsOkayKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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WeissensteinburgKentsOkay

Reply 9 years ago

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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Chicken2209Kiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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

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ReCreateChicken2209

Reply 9 years ago

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

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Kiteman

9 years ago

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

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thematthatterKiteman

Reply 9 years ago

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