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.
I can underline some of your complaints, but not all.
I suscribed to the site via the 1-day free trial, and was so satisfied with the material that I got the full one, some time after.
- Now, I don't look for HD, so I had no problem with that, but may be the higher resolutions are not well encoded, I don't know.
- The stuff itself is really high-class one, IMO, and comes from Magik View Entertainment.
- Yes, it's really difficult to distinguish between movies and scenes. Actually, what they present as movies are scenes. Nevertheless, you can find the movies in the preview area (not in the members area, as they should!), and do your search based on that. The page for a scene also gives you a link to the other scenes of the same movie.
The scenes are tagged, and that gives white a good navigation, again IMO.
As for the pornstars, you get them classified by "top", "new", or "all" (alphabetically), and the page of each star shows quite clearly all the material from her. You just need to notice that video links have a "Scene 3 of 5" kind of logo; if there's no logo, then it's a photo set.
- This material has been sold as the "Private Gold" series. That's its level of quality. But at the same time, it means it's not exclusive, as you can also get it at Private. I preferred to get it from MagikSex precisely because of the looks and navigation of this site.
- I'm not sure if they update. May be... but not much. And they certainly rotate scenes, as I couldn't find some scenes when I got the full subscription, that were formerly, when I applied for the trial.
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.
I took the trial, which is a full one. Quite satisfied.
Later on I noticed the content seems to come from the "Private Gold" series of films, and can be found on the Private site itself. Now, if the video quality there is as good, I cannot say. I really liked the way it is presented in Magik Sex, with very good navigation. Also, seems to be updating regularly.
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...
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.
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.
Looks like it shares a great part of its content with Lane Sisters, and follows the same design. So you should have almost no photos, but search by tags, several downloading options, and a limited bunch of pornstars, that perform on many videos. I liked the Lane Sisters, they are hot and amusing.
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.
Navigation is perhaps my main complaint for most (almost all) sites.
Usually, the free tour has good photos and video samples; members' area only some ridiculous thumbnails.
If the tour itself has no video samples, they are making a big mistake. Many of us shall not pay the cake without previously tasting it somehow.
But in this particular case, if you know the network, you already know the kind of russian teen videos to expect. In practice, you can hardly differentiate between the sites. Same girls, same production.
I remember the navigation of photos was cumbersome, but I do not remember anything special about the D/L speed, so we should assume it was not bad... (what I remember is the site was only streaming at first, but fortunately they soon changed to offering downloads also).
I cannot remember about the model indexes, either, but.. I would swear there wasn't anything useful at all. Models were european (with very few exceptions, like the canadian model Cherry Potter, appearing as Veronica), usually not the best known european models, but hot indeed.
Some of the sites are undistinguishable in practice (I mean, it all ends up in the same couch), while some are characteristic (HardcoreStripClub, or MyVIPOrgy for instance).
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