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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject: Gixen alternate business model? Reply with quote

after reading part of the forum post about the 30-second login timer, I thought that maybe it would be beneficial for both gixen's free users and for given, to maybe have some kind of post-snipe donation instead.

Here's how I envision that working:
>Free user sets up a snipe
>Given wins the bid for them
> user gets item
>given could then take this opportunity to tell the user something like "how much extra money/time would you have spent if you hadn't used gixen? please consider a small donation of 25 cents/50 cents/$1 to keep the service free for everyone"

by asking AFTER successful snipes, I feel like given will be more bale to draw in money from users because gixen can encourage them to donate some of the money that the service saved them.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:51 am    Post subject: Gixen alternate business model?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate your rationale here, but people who demand a free lunch will rationalize themselves out of anything that doesn't result in a free lunch. The big "60 second" thread was started by someone who admitted:

largeformatphotographer wrote:
I have been using the free version of Gixen for years but I have been seriously considering upgrading to the paying service the last couple of months..."

and then even provides an excellent reasoning as to why someone would use a sniping service - the convenience of the service, and so you don't get into bidding wars. Using free for years..., "considering" paying for the mirror service for months... - yet concludes:

largeformatphotographer wrote:
... at least in this case, your 60 second timer has had the exact opposite effect. Instead of getting me to become a aying (sic) member, its made me decide not to become a paying member. My advice would be to axe that whole idea asap.

A person who demands "Gimme my free lunch!!! Or else!!!" is pretty much dead set against paying for the service no matter what business model or rationale is presented. This guy even had the chutzpa to suggest the best business model is to give the free lunch back.

People like that still have choices though - be annoyed or simply leave.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The countdown doesn't happen as soon as you register an account with Gixen, so new users do already get an opportunity to try the service and see how well it works before they are asked to contribute a little back.
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