Dude, all I have been saying is that anti-piracy is not a valid argument (just say you don't offer zips and won't, don't back it up with some garbage), check some torrents for scenes from this site, shit is not hard to find for free. Zips are not a deal breaker for me, douche attitudes certainly are.
I understood that from the beginning, my point was your comments to the initial reviewer and subsequent responses seemed a bit too forceful in my opinion.
My only point, as it has always been, is that location based pricing is common, particularly in the entertainment industry. I am not really trying to defend it. Do you also boycott amazon.uk since they charge more than the American version for many items, including downloaded items such as music and movies (this was, after all, one of the main reasons for regions on DVDs)? Retailers everywhere will charge as much as they can get away with, and if for whatever reason they think $30 to an American is equivalent to $40 to a European or whatever, that is their choice. It sucks I agree, but such is life.
If regional pricing had always existed, as it has with other areas of entertainment, would you still feel as ripped off as you do?
You are punishing your members but not offering zips, plain and simple - if you admit it is something they would prefer, and you choose not to do it as you think it will "prevent" piracy, you are punishing them. My point with the software being available to download all the photos on a thumbnail page is that I'm sure site rippers would use these types of applications, but average users don't know they exist or can't use them. If you are really that concerned about piracy, why allow downloads of videos, which as you claim is what most people want anyway? Either way, I find the lack of zips to prevent piracy argument a bit bogus, and I am guessing it wouldn't be hard to find full sets from your site somewhere, I just don't feel like wasting my time looking.
Not trying to be combative, and I am glad you are a responsive webmaster, I would just consider adding this feature, I think the positives would far outweigh the potential negatives.
I know regional pricing is something that really sticks in your craw, but I think it is fair to let the reviewer point it out and draw the conclusions they wish from it, you sometimes sound a bit overly forceful in this regard to me. I agree regional pricing is unfair (and not to start another debate on this), but lots of things probably cost more depending on where you are (including DVDs, magazines, etc) and these increased costs are not due entirely to shipping and other costs, they are due to a perceived value of money in your country.
Sorry for jumping in on this heated discussion late, but I really don't buy the excuse of no zips prevent piracy, especially given the fact that you say most people interested in your site just want videos.
Fact of the matter is, there are lots of image downloading packages available that can find all links on a thumbnail page and download them, I have never been a member of your site, so can't verify that any of these would work, but given that you state the images are linked on individual pages, I would assume they would), so it would not make site ripping that much more difficult. I think most sites that don't offer zips do so to try to get photo fans to hang around longer to dig through it all (Club Seventeen did this as well, and I am almost certain that is the reason). Policies like this punish paying subscribers, to get at pirates, and I doubt are all that successful (I doubt most pirates would have ever been paying customers anyway).
Interesting, I tried them a couple of times, but the video quality was quite poor, and cam stuff generally isn't my thing. Perhaps I should try again at some point (they also seem to always only be on at like noon my time)
True enough, I am generally not one that harps on exclusivity too much, as with many sites that don't self produce I am sure much of the material is available elsewhere (I just haven't seen it yet). Will keep your advice in mind.
Try DownloadThemAll, while I haven't been a member here in a while, it worked for me the last time I was (you need Firefox). I have yet to encounter I site where DTA didn't work, it is freeware as well.
I agree with your point that it isn't exclusive, I don't know why all these sites (especially Euro it seems) try to get away with saying exclusive - if they didn't they wouldn't get called out on it (several people made the same complaints about the diesel sites).
I don't consider it disappointing, the content is decent, and 1 photo and 1 video update per day is pretty good as far as updates go (generally I have found sites that update super-frequently tend to just update with crap). I'm not sure what you mean by sophisticated material, but I thought it was a decent variety of stuff.
That said, I doubt I will join it again, but the same can be said for almost every site I join.
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