1. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    07 Dec '07 05:20
    Russ, there's a verse in Proverbs to the effect that, "You don't muzzle the ox that plows." This RHP Venture delivers an extraordinary service with rich features, benefits and reliability to a diverse community of people across the globe. Point? Your technical expertise and financial capital support team deserves a handsome continuing return on its considerable investment.

    More to the point... $29 membership seems much too low. Most everybody here is realist enough to relize that an attractive net return is the surest way to perpetuate RHP's viability and long term internet presence. Boldly suggest you consider $39 beginning in 2008 (still a bargain if not an outright steal, then $45 or 49 in 2009-2010, etc).

    Learned a long while ago the absolute folly of selfishly taking any good thing or person for granted. With gratitude, Bobby (12/6/07)
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    07 Dec '07 05:29
    I support the idea, especially if some of the extra funds generated could be used to increase server capacity and reliability.

    Assuming that the site's subscribers aren't pennypinchers that is .... 😉
  3. Subscribercoquette
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    07 Dec '07 05:34
    I agree, but it's important to remember that there are competitors and a whole world to serve. Those amounts may not be much for a lot of the world but I bet that's a huge amount of money in a lot of countries. Just don't make it so expensive that you lose out on a lot of players from a lot of poor countries. I don't know if it costs more to have a lot more members, but $29 X a million is more than $39 X a hundred thousand. Plus, there's a lot of college students playing too and that is a lot of money to us. It's probably better to get members for 25 or 30 years at a lower rate than 2 or 3 years at $10 more. I LOVE RHP so i'm going to be here until you kick me out!
  4. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    07 Dec '07 06:12
    Originally posted by coquette
    I agree, but it's important to remember that there are competitors and a whole world to serve. Those amounts may not be much for a lot of the world but I bet that's a huge amount of money in a lot of countries. Just don't make it so expensive that you lose out on a lot of players from a lot of poor countries. I don't know if it costs more to have a lot mor ...[text shortened]... than 2 or 3 years at $10 more. I LOVE RHP so i'm going to be here until you kick me out!
    Low end competitors offering a less than value seldom if ever pose a serious concern relative to pricing. They also tend to beneficially siphon off those segments of demand the market leader may strategically choose not to target. Principle: No well managed company ever wants all of the business... only all of the profitable business. Virtually impossible to be everything to everybody. Wouldn't you agree?

    Since July, several buddies have expressed the view that RHP is, in fact, head and shoulders above all of its competition and in a league of its own. Would you concur? Is this true? P.S. How's Zorky doing?
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    07 Dec '07 08:25
    Subscription fees is not the only income that RHP gets.
    I believe that the income from advertisments is also a good profit for this site.
  6. SubscriberRuss
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    07 Dec '07 09:46
    A price rise will occur at some point, and this will be largely to counter inflation and the fall in the value of the US$. (We are in the UK, so this really hurts)

    Subs will rise to $39.95. There is no firm date for this though, and it probably will not even be in 2008. Good warning will be given, so do not panic if you are a non-sub considering a subscription.

    -Russ
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    07 Dec '07 18:24
    I love the site but I think i'd go back to non sub status if the price went up much more... i don't need the extra games when I can play free 2 hour games elsewhere..

    39 really isn't bad though... just wouldn't suggest going too much higher.. some of us don't make UK wages 😉.
  8. SubscriberRuss
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    07 Dec '07 18:461 edit
    As before, all existing recurring subs would remain at the existing price anyway.

    So any change would impact new subs only. But, do not worry, this is not planned for anytime soon.

    -Russ
  9. Subscribercoquette
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    07 Dec '07 21:05
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    Low end competitors offering a less than value seldom if ever pose a serious concern relative to pricing. They also tend to beneficially siphon off those segments of demand the market leader may strategically choose not to target. Principle: No well managed company ever wants all of the business... only all of the profitable business. Virtually impossib ...[text shortened]... petition and in a league of its own. Would you concur? Is this true? P.S. How's Zorky doing?
    i pretty much agree with you but you are way over my head. i was only thinking of not making it too high for poorer countries and college students. RHP is great!
  10. Standard memberHindstein
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    07 Dec '07 21:10
    Originally posted by Russ
    A price rise will occur at some point, and this will be largely to counter inflation and the fall in the value of the US$. (We are in the UK, so this really hurts)
    My sub has dropped from £20 to under £15 over the last few years (God Bless America) but I am sure that many of us would be happy to pay a little bit more - even if it just to redress the balance of the poor rate of the dollar...
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