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3 months bonus time offer ends 10/15 [Oct. 13th, 2005|10:05 am]
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[ryanfitz]
The three months of bonus paid time offer that we announced with the launch of automatic payments ends this Saturday, October 15, 2005 at 11:59 pm Pacific. Anyone with active paid account status on 8/14/05 (the date of the original announcement) is eligible to receive three months of bonus paid time when you switch your account to automatic payments and select the 12-month billing cycle. Read the fine print.

By the way, our auto-magical new system will take into account your remaining paid time and prorate your charges. For example, if you have six months of remaining paid time and you sign up for automatic payments on a 12-month billing cycle, then you’ll have a total of 15 months of paid time and only be charged $9.98 (half of $19.95). Automatic payments can only be setup using a credit or debit card.

Update: For those of you who have taken advantage of this promotion, you can visit the paid account manage page to see when your 3 months of bonus time will apply. Your "next bill amount" may show a non-zero amount but instead of a charge the promotion time will be applied. At the end of the 3 month promotion time your regular billing cycle will resume.
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[User Picture]From: willowfae
2005-10-13 06:23 pm (UTC)
I renewed at the end of Sept and selected 12 month auto renewal, but my account is still showing as expiring at the end of Sept 2006: i.e. no extra 3 months. Does this mean it hasn't worked?
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[User Picture]From: be4u
2005-10-13 06:26 pm (UTC)

So it's not just me then...

Same thing here. I was taking it personally :-/
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[User Picture]From: be4u
2005-10-13 06:25 pm (UTC)

I'm confused as well

I was paid through 4/06, 6 months from now. I just changed to automatic payments, as well as adding the extra userpics for $10. I was charged $20, which is correct, and my next due date was rescheduled for 10-13-06, which is also correct.....except that where/when does the "extra 3 months free" come in?

Was this covered in "new math"? Cuz I was absent that day...I have a note though. Really.

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[User Picture]From: kimothy
2005-10-13 10:00 pm (UTC)

Re: I'm confused as well

Ooops! I thought I answered your post already. Sorry!

You get the extra three months after the successful completion of your first recurring payment next year. Basically, if LJ successfully completes the auto pay transaction for your account next October, they will add three extra months at that time... 15 months for the price of 12.
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[User Picture]From: ladymorgaine
2005-10-13 06:26 pm (UTC)
Question:

I've already signed up for automatic payments.

Will I be able to switch my credit card to another one after Oct 15 without affecting my bonus time?
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[User Picture]From: kimothy
2005-10-13 10:01 pm (UTC)
Based on an answer to a similar question a couple months ago, yes. As long as they can complete the auto pay transaction next year, you still get the bonus 3 months.
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[User Picture]From: bibliophile0614
2005-10-13 07:00 pm (UTC)
Did *anyone* bother to read the fine print? It explains it all in there.
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[User Picture]From: kimothy
2005-10-13 08:43 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I don't think people are.
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[User Picture]From: sophiaserpentia
2005-10-13 07:54 pm (UTC)

more than a year remaining?

What happens for someone who has more than a year of paid time remaining?
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[User Picture]From: kimothy
2005-10-13 09:13 pm (UTC)

Re: more than a year remaining?

You don't get billed this year and you get your next year prorated for the time left as I understand it. Plus, if your account was paid status on 8-14-05, you get your bonus three months. :)
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[User Picture]From: kimothy
2005-10-13 10:35 pm (UTC)

Hey Ryan?

There seems to be a little bit of conflicting info and if I'm wrong, I want to clear it up.

A couple of months ago, going through this thing, I understood that when the auto payment comes due next year, you are billed the whole fee for the year's service (in my case $29.95) and are then given three extra months, making the account expiration three months later than it would normally be (again in my case, November 2007). This is how I am interpreting it, based on discussions back in August AND by what it says on my account management page. It states quite clearly that I will be billed $29.95 on August 15, 2006. (image of my acct info page here)

There are people who are spreading info that next year, you will be billed for 9 months (around $15) and still get a year's worth of time.

I just want to be sure. Am I giving out the correct info or am I wrong?
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[User Picture]From: ryanfitz
2005-10-14 12:07 am (UTC)

Re: Hey Ryan?

I clarified with an update.
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[User Picture]From: deana_in_texas
2005-10-13 10:36 pm (UTC)
It's that last sentence that's what's keeping me from doing it. If you could draw automatically from my paypal account I'd be all for it (I have some other sites that already do this). My problem is that I don't necessarily want you to use the same credit card every time, whereas with paypal I can draw money from the account I want to use and it comes from where I want it to.
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[User Picture]From: kimothy
2005-10-13 10:43 pm (UTC)
That's why LJ gives you the option of changing the card in the payment management area. :)
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[User Picture]From: earth2mother
2005-10-14 12:47 am (UTC)
O.k. Question?

I just paid for the new feature, but I had 2 months left on this subscription. What does that mean for me?

I'm confused because it says that next year on Oct.13th, I'll be charged $19.95.
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[User Picture]From: ladylynx
2005-10-14 01:10 am (UTC)
Ooh, there's another Fitz. Purrty..
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From: xxlaniecooleyxx
2005-10-14 02:02 am (UTC)
where do we see this bonus time listed on our account? im on the 12 month billing cylce for my journal and userpics... where do i look to see the bonus time?
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[User Picture]From: glowing_dragon
2005-10-14 03:01 am (UTC)
Cool.
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[User Picture]From: adudeabides
2005-10-14 05:12 am (UTC)
$

I'm rich, bitch.
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[User Picture]From: hatshepsut_n
2005-10-14 06:44 pm (UTC)
Ookay, I've read all the comments but what I wanted to know is, why am I being charged today for switching my account to automatic payments? If I am going to just set it up to automatically withdraw money on the day that the payment is due why am I being charged today when my account come up for renewal in Feb of next year.
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From: brennakimi
2005-10-14 07:49 pm (UTC)
btw. i'd like to mention that i'd appreciate it if you accepted my debit card. *grumbles* my navy federal stored money is good too.
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[User Picture]From: worn_words
2005-10-14 10:47 pm (UTC)
Hi, I tried paying with a debit card, but there's no option for it, am I doing something wrong?
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[User Picture]From: rubygloomrox
2005-10-14 11:50 pm (UTC)
You can use it as a credit card. I used my debit card, but just put in Visa.
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