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Subject: Newbie question...how does this site/owners stay in business?
Date Posted: 1/7/2009 10:39 AM ET
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Quick question, how does this site afford to pay for the website, hosting, and all the other expenses associated with it?  

On the registration form it says they may charge a membership fee in the future, and I know that you can purchase credits, but I don't see that "paying the bills"

 

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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 10:45 AM ET
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For one, if you use their very convenient Printable Postage feature, they get a small cut from that.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 10:45 AM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2006
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Right now they operate in the "red" but they do have Friends of PBS link where you can donate credits or money to support the site.

They also get a percentage of the fees when DC and printable postage are used.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 11:08 AM ET
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don't they also get something if you click on the buy now button and buy the book from Amazon?

if they don't they should, that is how another site makes a bunch of money (BM) from what I've seen

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 11:42 AM ET
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I think it is a very small percentage from amazon. In addition to the ones already mentioned, there are also some subscription features that generate some income, Box O Books, Book Journal. And there are some items in the kiosk available for purchase.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 12:09 PM ET
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Also I think a lot of the work on the site is done on a volunteer basis.  The Tour Guides and such don't get paid.  I dont' think anyone gets paid.  Although I'm sure there are some computer type people they have to pay to keep this up and running.  I'm not sure how that works.  I wasn't going to renew my BOB membership because I haven't really been using it much. But I've decided to renew it just to help pay for PBS. 

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 2:41 PM ET
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<<Also I think a lot of the work on the site is done on a volunteer basis.>>

Correct.  The Data and Image teams, the Tour Guides, the Cookbook Editors and other volunteers are unpaid (but not, in my opinion, unrewarded) for their work :-)

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 4:28 PM ET
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Date Posted: 1/7/2009 7:04 PM ET
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Yeah they have to have I think either the books or the cash to back up the equivelant of the credits they sell. I guess incase there is a mass exodus from PBS they can "cash" out the credits being redeemed with either books or a refund.  Something like that.

Date Posted: 1/7/2009 11:37 PM ET
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My PTO gets a 4% cut of anything anyone buys on Amazon, so it could add up...