I think saying "it's a scam" is too much, though certainly the company uses some practices which are confusing in the best of cases.
Time ago, when there were less sites, you would only get access to some of them upon suscription, and had to wait months before accessing some sites. Which sites yes, and which sites no? Well, it all depended on the site through which you suscribed -the thing was confusing, to say the least.
Then they grew to a lot of sites, and divided into two networks, 21sextury and 21sextreme. Some of the sites are exclusive to 1 of the networks, while others are shared. For instance, you can get Teen Bitch Club with any of the networks. But if you join to Teen Bitch Club directly, then you get 21Sextury not 21Sextreme.
To add to the confusion, eggyfish statement is true (or at least was at the time I was a member): "The home page focuses on what you dont have, rather than what you do." That is, when you enter the membership area you have joined to, you'll see many scenes which are not available through your network, but are on the other network. They are advertisements, teasers.
I woukd say it's confusing, perhaps somewhat frustrating, but not really a scam once you understand the whole idea. The problem is they never explained the idea in the first place.
They do have a loyalty program, but it works differently nowadays.
I am not a member right now, but I can still login, and the home page tells me that my suscription to their several sites is inactive, but that I have more than 6000 credits, which allow me to buy any material, from any of the company sites (21Sextury, 21Sextreme, 21Naturals, or 21FootArt), at 295 credits per scene.
Apparently, these credits just sum up automatically each month, so next time I suscribe I should even have more credits.
Inside you will get to see all of over 5000+ hot movies. This is a real treat and we are sending this to you direct because of you past membership to a simular site you enjoyed with us."
I have substituted xxx for the actual username and password
It is only a couple of paragraphs below that you can read,
"By clicking the link above you will be the lucky person to view instantly 5000+ movies for two days for FREE!
After the 2 days you will continue to recieve full membership recurring at $39.95 each 30 days."
Although the link looks like just "http://www.adultmovieclub.com", the actual URL contains additional data, so that the very moment you click on the link you are supposed to have accepted the 2-days free trial, which recurs as a full membership.
It would not be rare that you click the link to the site, without noticing the actual URL, without having read the whole email, and unconscious that it means entering into a suscription you did not want to pay for.
I read all that is said against the site, but the content is hot, so I have tried it.
Now, beware of prechecked cross-sells.
AND, BEWARE OF THE PAGE THAT OPENS RIGHT AFTER YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE SUSCRIPTION PROCESS.
It includes deceving links that can suscribe you to don't know where, don't know how. It is SO FRAUDULENT, that one of the links is hidden, written in a white font, so you cannot read it, but if you happen just to click in that part of the page, you are supposed to have asked for an additional suscription. I casually discovered it because if you select the text of the page, which changes the foreground and background colors, then the hidden link becomes visible. Amazing.
I suffered their nasty practices myself. Seems like some cookie retained my credit card info, and upon entering a site, just clicking on an image would suscribe me to it, WITHOUT ASKING FIRST.
Even worse, there are clones, and you can get suscribed to both clones.
Even worse, depending on how you got there, you'll have also a different route out of the whole mess. Each clone can have its own way.
I got the content I wanted, managed to cancel with pain and efforts, and when surfing for porn I immediately close any page that reminds me of Bangbros -just in case.
Compare this with Reality Kings. Looks like they also have some cookie, because they offer me resuscribing to its sites when I enter any of them. But they offer a limited preview, and do not suscribe you without asking you first -so far, at least...
As you say, it is "a typical porn network", because it's as XXX as any.
BUT, it's not so typical after all, because of a couple of factors (besides the peculiar emo/gothic/tattoed/heavy metal niches it covers).
First of all, some of the performers are well known in mainstream porn (Coco Velvet, Dana DeArmond, Regan Reese, for instance), but others are newcomers, some of which may have jumped to mainstream porn, but not all. And some are just "photo starlets".
Also, the performers themselves are part of the community, comment on each other, have their friends and favorites. The thing is they really seem to know each other very well, and have a pretty funny time doing all this. Actually, there uses to be a lot of humour put into the scenes.
And the end result is that they do not look like "I am doing this only for the money, but I'm bored", but rather, "Oh my god, I love it". And I love them because of that.
Besides that, I appreciate the fact that they have trailers for every scene. It makes it a lot easier to find the content of your choice.
The photos, on the other hand... oh, well, I suscribe rearadmiral's complains.
No striptease here, and actually very little dance. I mean, they move the hips a bit while pressing the toy against their crotch. In some of the clips, they surrender under the urge to come, sit or lay on the floor, and just go on with the buildup of the climax with no further dance. You can already see this in the trailer.
You do not get the same navigation choices if you enter a site through Fame Digital, than by going directly to the site.
For instance, if you enter a site through Fame Digital, and go to DVDs section, you can make use of a list of DVDs and a list of categories, but if you enter the site directly, and go to the DVDs section, you get a list of DVDs, a list of series, and a list of pornstars.
The same company has several other sites (Shiny dolls, Dancerbating, Spandex slut) with basically 3 or 4 models, and you rarely see the bare pussy. Indeed, wearing a tight spandex o latex while they masturbate to orgasm, is part of the fetish. Usually, by using a Hitachi wand, or at times by humping.
The action is hot, the girls too. Some of the orgasms are terrific. If you like that (I do), don't miss these sites. Otherwise, if you are looking for nude babes, don't even spend your thoughts with them.
I also found it very difficult to unsuscribe. And when I eventually thought that I got it, I received an email asking me why I was unsuscribing. I did not reply (why should I?)... and my subscription was renewed. It took me several emails more to unsuscribe.
Those that rip off whole sites, know well how to get the movies, no matter what the site owner may try against it. So they are not going to chase away pirates, but are chasing away potential paying customers.
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