Originally posted by TheSphinx
Sorry what I didn't make clear was that the 'Lifetime Subscription' should be a maximum of 10-15 years, otherwise the big question of cost does rise it's head.
For example someone joins at age 18, (and on the assumption that RHP will survive) his lifetime membership is a very possible 70 years. Whereas an old bugger like me at 49 with a life expect ...[text shortened]... einf two screens at the moment so I'll sign off and let somone else untangle ths mess. (Sorry!)
I think if this is priced right, and the future of the site is assured then this is a fair suggestion.
The only trouble I can see for the site admins is deciding the longterm future for this site, and therefore what income they would need from such an offer, and what extra clauses would be acceptable in terms of refunds etc if the site (or brand) was ever sold on / closed down, and as mentioned above in the event of breach of T's & C's by a user.
If memory serves me right, those subscribers without wings have lifetime membership from the early days of the site. I think others would be interested in paying a one off fee for longterm use of this service, I would consider it myself. (Note: Are there any stats on the numbers of wingless subscribers who are still around vs those that have left?)
Advantage for this site is that it would increase the 'stickiness' of subscribers and provide a short term boost of capital - i.e. If you are paid up you are more likely to play here, and the initial rush of subscribers if the service was launched would see an injection of funds into the business (remembering though that these users will not then contribute again in terms of subscription fees).
The site admins might also consider different levels of regular subscription as a way of increasing revenue - although this could become complicated:
Open invites only $20 per year
Open invite + Tournaments $25 per year
Open invite + Clans $25 per year
Open invite + forums $25 per year
Open invite + Seiges $25 per year
Open invite + 2 of the above $30 per year
Open invite + all of the above $35 per year
Anyway, I digress....