Patreon’s Fee Changes And Where To Go From Here

(Update 12/13/17: Due to the backlash that this decision has received, Patreon has apparently decided not to roll out the changes detailed below. In the post linked above, they say that they will still be making some changes, but will be listening to input from creators and patrons this time. Personally, I plan on taking a wait-and-see approach before deciding if I want to use their service again.)

Just a bit of housekeeping here. A number of folks may have realized that Patreon, the website that I and many others use to fund our work, has decided to add a 2.9%+$.35 fee to all pledges in order to try and make this a bit more even, as before it was a 5% fee+whatever processing fees were. They are planning to achieve this by passing these fees onto customers.

This will have the greatest impact on those making $1 donations, which is the lifeblood of Patreon. This change actually makes those donations cost $1.38. And, again, this is not a flat fee across all pledges, but per pledge, which adds up. Because of this, I have had to cancel my own pledges to other creators.

And, because of this, I can no longer in good conscience continue to use this service.

I have, as of today, closed my Patreon page. I would like to thank the people who have supported me over the past couple years or so. I am so very, very grateful to every one of you. I may start it up again if Patreon decides to walk back this change that no one wanted or asked for, but that seems likely.

There aren’t really a lot of other services like Patreon; Kickstarter is currently planning a new service called Drip, but that is still in beta. In the meantime, however, I do currently have a PayPal and Ko-Fi page for people who want to support what I do here with one-time contributions.

So, that’s that. Thank you again for your support. I really do hope that Patreon considers walking back this disastrous change, but I very much doubt that they will.

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