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why pay?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by txsportsscribe, Mar 19, 2009.

  1. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    so plenty around here say the public won't pay for web subscriptions for newspapers when there are free alternatives for news, then why do people pay for membership to something like classmates.com when you have facebook for free? or why pay for match.com when there is craigslist personals?
  2. PCLoadLetter

    PCLoadLetter Well-Known Member

    A. classmates.com was there first, but really... do you know anyone who pays for classmates.com? I don't, and I'm guessing Facebook is killing it.

    B. People are more confident someone they meet on match.com is less likely to be an ax murderer than someone from Craig's List.

    C. Much as everyone likes to ignore this, paying for web subscriptions has been tried, repeatedly. If it worked, they'd still be doing it.
  3. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Facebook is getting killed financially though.
  4. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Yep, Facebook is a great example of why you can't make money charging for widely targetted content. There will always be companies willing to do it just for the eyeballs with the assumption that they can make money later.

    In a few years, when Facebook realizes they are never going to make money, someone else will take their place.
  5. HC

    HC Well-Known Member

    I read an article lately saying that Facebook could be a big money maker. They have probably the biggest database for consumer research currently available.
  6. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    iTunes-like charging of content is the way to go for newspaper.

    Charge a nickel or a dime for a story and a quarter for the day's news. Maybe $4 or $5 for the month. We gotta get the impulse buyers.
  7. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Literally hundreds of businesses have tried to make micropayment work since the internet began, and *only* iTunes works, and they don't pay people to produce the content.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    The thing about charging for content now is, do you really think the greedy fucks who run newspapers will respond to an increase in income by actually paying a decent wage and hiring back people who have been let go?
  9. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    We're more worried about finding some hail-mary way to save the jobs that are still there and the wages that are still there. It *can* get worse.
  10. Blair Waldorf

    Blair Waldorf Member

    And here I thought this was a rhetorical question ...
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