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Thread poster: Diarmuid Kennan
| Thanks Diarmuid || Dec 2, 2010 |
It's good to hear you are getting a return on your membership.
I see what you're saying. I think Henry's post in the thread you cite answers this, at least partially: http://www.proz.com/post/903625#903625
I think that ProZ.com membership, which has, over time, steadily increased in value (in terms of what you get for your membership) while remaining at the same price, and at times being decreased, is worth it. At least, members are getting a good return on the investment. As for the EUR-USD difference that comes from the policy mentioned in http://www.proz.com/faq/4033#4033 , it may make sense to adjust other pricing upward, though that's not a step to be taken lightly, and probably one which would result in physical harm to my person . Overall I think, as Henry says in that post, that the price is fair for the value offered.
Thanks for your reply, but you seem to have missed my point.
This is not about value for money. I readily admit that Proz is actually worth more to me than I pay for it, so please, please leave that issue aside.
My query is about perceptions, the perception that some members in Europe have that they are being discriminated against because they live in the Euro zone. I say some, because if they live in the UK, Denmark, Sweden etc. they currently pay about 25% less for membership.
I read Henry's post and the FAQ already, but they don't properly address this issue in my opinion. For example, the first few lines in the FAQ state that 50% of members are based in Europe, but only 30% of costs are in the Euro zone. I don't see how this is a justification for charging Euro zone members more than other members, including other European members.
This is not a big deal for me, In fact, I think there should be a way for members in wealthy countries to pay more than those in countries with lower average income per capita.
My problem is that I think you owe it to your European members to properly explain the difference in price. Once again, it is not a question of value for money. It is a question of perception.
Keep up the good work
[Edited at 2010-12-02 19:09 GMT]
[Edited at 2010-12-02 19:26 GMT]
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