A new era for LWN - Please offer yearly lump sum subscriptions!
Posted Oct 1, 2002 0:00 UTC (Tue) by pgoetz
Parent article: A new era for LWN
I understand your desire to "not charge people for services they haven't received" in case LWN goes out of business, but I think you're making a serious mistake by not offering the option of paying for an entire year at once.
Never mind the annoyance of having a $5 charge on my credit card every month. (I would select a lump sum payment for this reason alone). A more serious issue is that I can't get reimbursed by my company given this payment structure. If I paid a single $60 for one year and got an invoice, I would take it to my local bean-counter and get a crisp new $60 electronic transfer at the end of the month. As it is, it's simply not worth the bother of going through the paperwork to get $5 reimbursements every month.
For this reason, I'm 100% certain you're actually costing yourself subscriptions by not offering a lump sum payment option! As cynical as this might sound, people are a lot more relaxed when spending the boss's money and might not even be losing sleep over the fact that they won't get their full value out of a year's subscription. Please reconsider this ill-advised decision, as I've been reading LWN for a long time and would like to see you all stick around.
btw, I bought a subscription anyway, of course, but I'm probably not canonical.
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