Narth Vader wrote:
SpeedySurfer wrote:Also, if you want to encourage people in buying longer upgrades, remove the 1 month.
The major question then becomes "What effect will this do?"
As it stands you have X players donating for the $1 month upgrades and Y players donating for 12 months. If you get rid of the 1 month upgrade, what percentage of X players will become Y players? In most markets, people really don't buy in bulk (when it's cheaper to do so) because often money isn't the issue, or they can't be bothered to. So it would truly help this thread to find what percentage of X buy either sporadically or buy only because they can't afford a year long upgrade. Whatever remains of X after that is the greatest possible amount of people who will join Y.
Personally, I don't see removing the 1 month as beneficial, because that will alienate AE's customers and ultimately cut down their income.
People use one month upgrades as gifts, prizes for contests, to help friends, etc - I obviously don't have the actual data, nor do I expect Xaman to release it, but I'm quite confident that removing one month upgrades would absolutely hurt AE. However, the main point for me is that by only giving limited functionality to one month upgrades, you encourage people to buy longer upgrades. Although it's cheaper in the long run for the player, it's a more reliable form of income for AE, as a chicken in the pot is worth two in the hand, or however that saying goes.
Adding an extra benefit besides saving money will more likely increase the demand for 1 year upgrades, but I'm not sure how I feel about offering special privileges to the year long upgraded.
There aren't special privileges to the year-long upgrade. My current formulation is unlimited functionality to the 6mo and 12mo upgrades, and I'm willing to extend that to the 3mo upgrade, as well. You don't have to commit for an entire year to get that benefit - only longer than one month.
What about the idea (and I didn't backtrack through the entire thread or the DB thread to investigate this) of adding a separate fee to access the DB? Free and 1 month upgraded users can buy access for $X, and 12 month upgrades gain access to the DB for free?
You can already buy a la carte unlimited DB access in 6mo and 12mo blocks in my original idea; I'd be willing to add 3mo blocks to that, but not 1mo.
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