Since you folks have been so helpful in prior discussions…
I’m considering changing the donation process on the site. Let me state for the record that I have no intention of making a mandated donation amount. Donations will remain flexible, and you should be able to donate any amount of money you feel like.
Having said that…
Each months, I get a handful (if that many) of $1.00 donations. Hey, any donation is a donation, right? But PayPal takes anywhere from $0.33 to $.50 out of that off the top. Ouch. So obviously, we need a better solution, as I’m interested in supporting the authors more than just sticking transaction costs in PayPal’s pockets. One option is restricting donation amounts to say $5.00 or higher. Another is finding an alternate payment method for “micropayments”.
On the flipside of this is my consideration of actually raising the “default” amount. It’s $9.99 right now, and most donations come in for that amount. But a few (many more than the dollar-donors) come in for significantly more. Those two things lead me to the following conclusions:
The default amount will be the most-donated amount
A higher default rate is acceptable to many
But what I have no feel for is this: how many people will not even consider donating if I make it say… $14.99 as the default? Yes, they can change it down, but will it be dismissed out of hand if the listed price point is above their decision threshold? A conundrum, and I’d love to hear some discussion from authors on the site and listeners alike.