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Give More and Permanent Account Sale [Nov. 25th, 2008|03:40 pm]
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Hi! This is a quick entry to let you know that LiveJournal will soon be running some of its regular (and not so regular) holiday promotions.
  • Give More. The Give More promotion runs for the entire month of December and it makes your holiday gift of paid time for someone else a little extra special. Not only does the recipient get paid time, they also receive a free userpic upgrade for the same duration of the gifted paid time. If you give someone a year's paid time, for example, they'll also get the userpic upgrade for that year as well. So, the more you give, the more they get. Give to a friend, a soon-to-be-friend, or even surprise someone at random with a bit of holiday cheer.

  • Permanent Account Sale. Would you like to have your Paid Account for life, enjoying all those great features (and more) forever without having to worry about payments ever again? Well, then the Permanent Account Sale is for you! Starting on December 4, we're once again offering the opportunity to buy Permanent Accounts—in additional to all the features of paid accounts, these accounts will include increased storage (from 10 to 15GB) and more userpics (increased from 100 to 150 + up to 44 loyalty userpics). This time around the sale is just for personal journals. If you've been thinking about it or have missed our sales in the past, don't hesitate—the sale only lasts a week and who knows when the next one will be? Act now to make your LiveJournal eternal.

Thanks! Oh, and remember: If you buy a Permanent Account, you can transfer your remaining paid time and userpics to any other LiveJournal user you choose, so that existing paid time won't go to waste.

[User Picture]From: imaria
2008-11-25 11:53 pm (UTC)
Okay... I have to ask here, among other users who agree that LJ is worth paying for.

...do you believe a permanent account is WORTH $175? That's 7 years of payments at the current rate. Does that seem a little... extreme to any of you? I mean, that's almost as long as LJ has existed at all. They used to cost $100, which was steep enough as is.

I love LJ, but... the cost just seems to outstrip the product.
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[User Picture]From: carnality
2008-11-25 11:54 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't drop nearly 200 bucks on it, honestly. :\ That's like, 2/3rds of my rent.
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[User Picture]From: nobodyeverybody
2008-11-26 12:00 am (UTC)
I wish my rent were that cheap. That's more like 10% of my rent.
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[User Picture]From: katayla
2008-11-25 11:57 pm (UTC)
I had a free account for six years before buying a permanent account a year and a half ago. So I considered it worth it.
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[User Picture]From: mrs_dragon
2008-11-26 12:01 am (UTC)
It depends on how long you plan on using lj for, how long you expect the service to be around for, etc.

The professional societies I am a member of, I believe lifetime membership costs about 10 years worth of dues. The point they always make is that (a) you are locking in the current price and (b) you never have to worry about paying dues again (say if you become unemployed). You could make the same arguments for lj. Personally, $175 is a lot of money to drop at once, and $20 doesn't hurt much. Otoh, I've been on lj for nearly 4 years so I'm reaching that break even point. *shrugs*
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[User Picture]From: unrepentant
2008-11-26 12:02 am (UTC)
I'd consider getting a perm account if they CREDITED me for all the years I've been a paid user. $175 is just a stupid amount of money. C'mon, LJ, really.
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[User Picture]From: neonsunflower
2008-11-26 02:59 am (UTC)
Same here.
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[User Picture]From: aurenfaie
2008-11-26 12:08 am (UTC)
Maybe I should have gotten a perm account back when they were $100... of course, all the money I've put toward paid accounts in the 7+ years I've been here, I could have afforded a permanent account by now, anyway! -_- $175 is ridiculous...
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[User Picture]From: frabjously
2008-11-26 01:38 am (UTC)
You should factor in extra userpics and storage space, which makes the price a bit more reasonable.
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[User Picture]From: eidna
2008-11-26 02:44 am (UTC)
I paid $150, and I feel it's worth it. Coming up on 2 years now and I'm certain I'll be here for another 4 to "pay it off" so to speak. It is getting slightly pricy though, but I see where they're coming from. The more dedicated users who get perm accounts, the less paid accounts get bought, etc. Business is business unfortunately :\
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[User Picture]From: starlakitty
2008-11-26 03:01 am (UTC)
i paid $150 for mine around three years ago? maybe? i'd have to look in my archives to make sure and i don't feel like doing that just now. in my case, $150 was worth it. i was on lj for a year (at least) by that point and i'm been writing here for five years. i believe that it was seven years time for it to pay itself off, and i'm coming close to my break even point. ;)

i love having the extra userpics and the storage space is nice. currently i have all my pics on flickr, but once my account there drops to nonpaid, i'll start using lj's picture storage.

but i think $175 is a bit much all at once. i think $125-150 is a more reasonable amount.
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[User Picture]From: kellzilla
2008-11-26 03:04 am (UTC)
It's worth it if you plan on being here seven years. I bought mine in 2002, when they were $100 and paid accounts were $20/yr, so that was a five-year investment...not really that terribly much difference when you look at it that way.
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[User Picture]From: tallblue
2008-11-26 03:28 am (UTC)
I think it is worth it. But I recieved mine from my husband as an anniversary present.
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[User Picture]From: dorwrath
2008-11-26 05:06 am (UTC)
it all depends on whether you plan to stay with LJ for four years. if you see yourself staying longer than four years, then it's worth it.

One year paid account = $25.00
One Year of extra user pics = $10.00
One year of extra storage space = $10.00

Total = $45 per year

Remember everything LJ offers gets thrown in free with a permanent account and most likely any future paid add on will also be free.

The above is what you you would pay if you paid it yearly.
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[User Picture]From: snapsh0t
2008-11-26 10:08 am (UTC)
nope, not worth it IMO.
who knows what might happen in the future!
with the economy the way it is, people are going to start doing away with luxuries (ie. internet), so it would really suck to buy a permanent account and then not have internet or whatever else might happen...
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