As promised here is my little rant on 500px.com who are spitting in the faces…
…of their paying customers abroad lately.
Of course it is not uncommon outside of the United States to have a credit card. Nor is it uncommon to have none. If I ask people in my surrounding there is nearly nobody who actually has a credit card.
All this people who don’t have a credit card tend to pay services like 500px.com with their Paypal account.
Recently when 500px raised their prices with 50% after announcing some major changes in the handling of the portfolio’s etc. they also gave existing members the chance to renew their accounts for the old price. The only thing to reckon with was the deadline. The account had to be renewed before the 15ht of June.
No problem at all, you might think. Right!
The only problem was that there wasn’t the possibility anymore to do a payment via Paypal. A credit card was required.
After contacting the 500px-staff about this issue, they sent back an automated e-mail telling you that at this moment the only option to do your payment is via credit card and possibly in the future there will also be Paypal.
I told them that what they telling is a pile of crap and even a retarded could put back the Paypal code into the website. Of course they ignored my complains and those of others completely. So my next thought was that this just was a strategy to avoid at least people from abroad from renewing their accounts for the old price.
But if you dig a little deeper you’ll see that the strategy is having more control over future payments. Because even those who forget to renew in the future will pay and have their account renewed automatically, as 500px just charges their credit cards.
Good to see that there are other photo and art sharing communities out there where the only threshold is quality and not a payment option.