Originally posted by kenan
Thank you for your answer.
So you've never paid anything for your star (or did you?) since you do not have the wing. You'll have all your benefits rest of your life (except seeing those annoying advertisements). This is only because you've registered in the starting era of RHP. (before 2003?)
I hope I got this right.
Thanks guys for taking your time to answer my questions. I appreciate it.
Not quite. Maybe this will explain it a little better.....
Originally, Russ and Chris were using their own money to keep the site available, but the rapidly increasing number of members made it necessary to frequently upgrade the equipment and it was getting expensive.
All of the original pawn stars made a voluntary contribution to help pay expenses in the early days before the subscription program was introduced. Their support was acknowledged by placing a star by their username.
So, anyone with an original pawnstar did make a voluntary contribution. That's how they got the star. And if they are also currently a subscriber they will have wings on their star the same as any other subscriber. If they do not renew their subscription, their wings fall off but they will still have the star.
In my personal case, I did also subscribe for a few years. However, since I rarely play more than six games at one time, I have let my subscription expire. If I were to find myself regularly playing more than that I would certainly start paying the annual subscription fee again. It's worth it.