I don't pay by mail, but this sounds like a really great idea to me!
My last renewal notice DID in fact arrive a few days late.
I've not had a problem about it (late notifications).. but i've read about 5 complaints about it on my friends list in the past couple days
I didn't recieve my renewal email until very late, after I had already renewed it online.
I've never gotten a renewal email.
I don't like mine coming so early. I got 2 months this time and after about a week, I got a renewal notice.
2003-03-25 06:03 pm (UTC)
I got my notification a month before my account expired, but I didn't get another one closer to the actual expiration date. (tomorrow) Of course, this might have gotten mixed up because of the 4 extra days added on...
But I'm happily paid up for the next year (courtesy of my boyfriend), so no worries. :)
2003-03-25 06:04 pm (UTC)
My renewal e-mail came a few weeks before my expiration (always has). I do not pay by check (I used to pay by PayPal then switched to credit card because I am mad at PayPal right now) but I think that is a nice idea.
Yeah, the first time I got one, it did come really early. But I don't know about last time, I wasn't paying attention to that one, as I was switching journals anyway...
Does not apply here, as am permanent member.
Sounds like a good option, though.
Could you make it optional? I'm sure there are people out there who'd rather not have their entire household know about their LJ.
Yeah, it'd be optional.
I'm just seeing if enough people would even want it before I put much more thought/effort into it.
Come to think of it, the renewal emails have been rather sporadic for me lately. The last time and maybe the time before that, I don't think I received them at all. I know the last time I didn't receive one and I noticed my paid account was expired which was somewhat annoying. I received the renewal emails in good time before this incident though. ::shrugs::
Your idea sounds great! I'm too much of a newbie to have any knowledge of renewals, and I paid by credit card, all that being said ... one question I have is about another form of payment. Perhaps OT in this thread, but here it goes anyway...
Why isn't there a PayPal option - don't remember seeing that offered ... isn't that the single-most widely used online transaction form other than credit cards? I'm an eBay-er and use it all the time. Seems like that might help making paid accounts 'happen' with a little more ease. As with your suggestion, anything that makes 'the transaction' easier, will boost 'sales' - yeah, I know the thought of "sales" here is a bit off, but the same concept.
Just my 2 cents.
well, i see now (while I was typing my response) another post that says paypal IS offered... so nevermind... sorry 'bout that...
You know, that's a great idea, BF. I think that'd make renewing much easier. I personally despise paypal due to past experiences with them. I think Amazon has a program serving as a middleman, and you might want to look into that. It costs a bit more than paypal, but I trust Amazon much more than paypal. Oh, and I'm glad that whitaker's coming onboard, I'm sure you could use some backup.
what is whitaker
going to be hacking?
Does anyone know why all of the sudden all the communities that one is in gets added to the number that he/she is friends of?
Also, I think it's a great idea, although I use paypal.
it doesn't exactly do it automatically. when you choose to join the community, there is a box already checked to also add it on your friends, but you can uncheck it before you join.
Am myself a permanent member, so am not directly affected. I do have a relevant question about the proposal for self-addressed envelope, however: would this be available to all paying users of LJ, or only those living in the USA?
2003-03-26 03:34 am (UTC)
Indeed. I would also like to see an answer to this question.
I didn't pay by postal mail when I bought my paid account, but I probably will do so in the future. This sounds like a good idea.
I don't pay via mail so I did not vote in the poll.
However, I can tell you that when my business started providing pre-addressed envelopes to our customers that our rate of on time payment increased significantly.
I voted yes, because I thought it would be a good idea, but now I think there should maybe be the option to NOT have that. I thought, "Hey cool! That makes it easy to renew for me since I don't have a credit card!" but then I thought, hey, I'm under 18 and my mom has no idea I have a livejournal. I don't want her to find out either, because you know..parents can be sneaky and try to find it out and everything. I think some people would agree on this, unless the envelopes being sent out didn't have the livejournal logo on them, and they were just an envelope with our names...but for the people that finding out about their journals isn't a problem, they'd probably like the logo on there better.
I'm quite conflicted now, so while all this tries to rumble around in my head, I'll try to make sure I can get friends with credit cards to renew accounts for me from now on @.@
How would you decide who gets an envelope? I have paid by mail and online.
This is also a question I have.
If I were considering implementing such a system, I would add an opt-in interface somewhere in account settings. It would be intuitive for this option to be linked to from the Paid Accounts
page, but it would probably be easier to implement it on the Edit Info
page. In any case, some additional opt-in functionality is necessary as I have not provided Live Journal with my mailing address. This data would need to be provided at the time I opt in.
is this option for American/Canadian residence only or for overseas as well?
A lot of people won't like me giving this comment, but I'd think that it would be better to save the money involved in mailing and printing costs for the service instead (even if it's the same as what the credit card processing costs are). At the most, just have a printable form available for uniformity's sake.
I'm thinking in terms of profit, really. It may be a small amount, but every bit counts. This is, after all, a business.
Sorry, that's just the former finance manager in me talking: conservative when it comes to spending funds, and wanting to use it on other actual service improvements or even paychecks.
If you were like a multimillion dollar company and all, hell yeah, I'd love to have the self addressed envelopes and stuff sent to me.
2003-06-02 06:31 am (UTC)
He's not multi
million yet, but if you multiply the number
of paid accounts times their average price
, you'll see that he's already grossing seven figures. (Go, Brad!)
I'd be a bit concerned about fraud... unscrupulous types could use the renewal dates from userinfo and if they can find a snail addy mail out "reply envelopes" with false addresses.
...but then, I might just be paranoid.
Well, nobody but you can see your expiration date.
I don't see the point. They already get a notice about it in email. Do people really lack envelopes and the knowledge/time to write out a little information? I don't see how it makes it any easier, unless that envelope had the postage paid also.
I too think that providing postage paid envelopes would be a much greater convenience. There doesn't seem to be an abundance of information on Business Reply Mail services at the USPS web site, but this pdf
indicates that the cost is just 34 cents for a 1oz envelope.
I got my email a month before my journal expired from paid member.