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post #1 of 56
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We have received countless emails from members who have asked if they could pay a monthly fee to use cakecentral.com without seeing all the advertisements.

We are happy to announce that we are making that option available beginning today.

Now there are two ways to use Cake Central

1.  FREE Ad Supported
2.  SUBSCRIPTION - $4.95 per month No advertisements displayed.

Both types of user accounts have access to all the same great features and content, the only difference is the display of advertisements. Also Subscribers might find page load times a bit faster since they wont have to wait for their browsers to load the advertisements.

I just wanted to put this information out there so no one panics and thinks that Cake Central has become a fee based site, or that they will miss out on content if they dont subscribe.

Hopefully this option strikes the right balance of keeping Cake Central freely available to all who want to participate, but provides an option for those who would prefer to pay a membership than to be distracted by advertisements when using Cake Central.

If you have any problems subscribing, please use the contact page to submit a support ticket and we will help you get it sorted out.

Click here to subscribe : SUBSCRIBE
post #2 of 56
ok so that's $59.40 a year

$4.95 is
> what I blow in one week at the vending machine where I work....
> less than what I blow on lottery tickets in one week.
> equal to one McD's breakfast (which I probably shouldn't eat any how -- see obsession comment below!)
> equal to one LARGE chocolate malt (FEED THE ADDICTION) at DQ (ditto to see below)

in essence --- a real steal! but officer, I swear all I took was a piece of cake!

===

?'s from the peanut gallery:

1) can I pay for a whole year in shot? (make mine Wild Turkey!)

2) method of payment: Paypal? Charge Card? Debit Card? Bill Me Later? (gee don't you wish life offered a Bill Me NEVER option?) Cash via Carrier Pigeon?

ETA: i know, i know -- look at the link doug -- look at the link! (which wasn't there when I first typed this! obviously someone else edits posts like I do! icon_razz.gif )

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personal "obsession" -- oh heck just make it $5/month and $60/year -- I LIKE nice ROUND numbers (they match my shape! icon_rolleyes.gif
Keep on cakin'!
Keep on cakin'!
post #3 of 56
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't thank you enough for this option. My load times are so much faster and I'm not distracted by the ads. I'm so happy about this new feature. Can ya tell?
post #4 of 56
Thread Starter 
Good Questions!

1. ALL major credit cards work and we are adding Google Checkout. Paypal is not accepted as they have been messing with a lot of merchant accounts recently and they charge double the transaction fees of the standard credit card processors.

2. We have been advised by legal as well as the credit card companies not to offer it as a yearly subscription because of how the chargeback process works. And also if we were to alter our offerings during the year, it would complicate things since we would technically have a binding contract for one year.

3. Yeah I know what you mean about those round numbers icon_biggrin.gif

Hopefully the price is reasonable to everyone, I look at it as being equal to 1 Venti Mocha at Starbucks icon_biggrin.gif
post #5 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cakecrazy09

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I can't thank you enough for this option. My load times are so much faster and I'm not distracted by the ads. I'm so happy about this new feature. Can ya tell?



I am glad to hear it worked smoothly for you, you were the first person to experience it thumbs_up.gif
post #6 of 56
It is fantastic!! Thanks so much for offering the ad-free option!! I no longer have to avoid the right side of the screen and someone's yellow teeth and the left side of the screen for someones flabby upper arms -- I can see those in my mirror any day - any time!!LOL!!!!

Thanks again!
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Blessed with Elana & Andy - daughter & son-in-law -- and Daniel & Kaitlyn - son & girlfriend!!
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Happy wife to Kevin - for 29 years and counting!
Blessed with Elana & Andy - daughter & son-in-law -- and Daniel & Kaitlyn - son & girlfriend!!
It's a great life when you love the ones your children love!!
post #7 of 56
Can't believe I was the first one! I requested this months ago and as soon as I saw the post I ran to get my credit card. If anyone is wondering if it's worth the price it totally is! Thanks again Heath
post #8 of 56
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by suzycakes

It is fantastic!! Thanks so much for offering the ad-free option!! I no longer have to avoid the right side of the screen and someone's yellow teeth and the left side of the screen for someones flabby upper arms -- I can see those in my mirror any day - any time!!LOL!!!!

Thanks again!



Your quite welcome Suzy icon_biggrin.gif

those are some scary yellow teeth in that ad icon_eek.gif
post #9 of 56
Odd question...Does this $ help CC in any way? I don't mind the advertisements; I just ignore them. But I'd gladly pay if it helps CC!
post #10 of 56
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Quote:
Originally Posted by CakeMakar

Odd question...Does this $ help CC in any way? I don't mind the advertisements; I just ignore them. But I'd gladly pay if it helps CC!



Absolutely it helps CC.

Cake Central is currently kept free by the advertisers paying us to show ads. This allows us to not require a membership fee to keep CakeCentral online.

The more people who opt for the subscription option, the less we are dependent upon the Online Ad Market to provide the revenues to keep growing Cake Central.

We certainly don't want anyone to feel like they have to subscribe, but for those who want to, they get the benefit of not seeing the ads, and in most cases getting the faster load times.
post #11 of 56
Yay! Me is a happy gal! It's luverly to not have the ads! Just a quick question though - I highly doubt I would want to, but can I cancel the subscription at any time, just as easily as it was to set up?!
AKA: bonjovibabe
AKA: bonjovibabe
post #12 of 56
My home computer will not let me access CC...it just locks up. If I go with the subscription, do you think it will allow me to access the site? Could the advertisements be what is keeping it from loading? I've just lost my internet access at work, so if I could subscribe and get CC on my home computer, I'd gladly pay twice the price!
The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
the optimist expects it to change;
the realist adjusts the sails.
post #13 of 56
WOOOOOW!!! Ad Free ROCKS! My little computer at home is so slow but now it just GOES! Thanks for the option, Heath!
Objet D'Art - an object of art ... that's what I do.
Objet D'Art - an object of art ... that's what I do.
post #14 of 56
Zounds!! So much faster!!! And no distractions!
No good deed goes unpunished...
the greater the deed,
the greater the punishement.
No good deed goes unpunished...
the greater the deed,
the greater the punishement.
post #15 of 56
This is fantastic.. sooo much faster, and no annoying ads.... icon_biggrin.gif One question Heath.. Do I need to remember to pay every month, or will you automatically take care of it?
They will remember the quality long after they've forgotten the price..
..the philosophy of my beloved pastry professor..
They will remember the quality long after they've forgotten the price..
..the philosophy of my beloved pastry professor..
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