Hello everyone who might read this!
Wow, I can't believe that I wrote my last journal almost six years ago - and the reason that urged me to write today is not a pleasant one.
Let me start from afar - when I first joined deviantArt close to seven years ago, I never had in mind to spend even a dime on this website.
It's true - I wanted to spread my art around; it's true - I thoroughly enjoyed the community and made a lot of friends and beyond through here; it's true - I grew as an artist by a large degree because of the inspiration and influence I found on this website. But back in the day I never had the urge or desire to pay even 4 or 5 Euros for a month's worth of this "Premium" membership, with its advantages I was so ignorant of.
So imagine my awe and amazement when a friend donated three months of it to me - I couldn't live without it anymore! So many features, so many possibilities to get my art across!
I was so convinced of it that I kept paying after those three months ended, every year since. Every damn year I was paying 27 euros for the year ahead, a pretty damn good buck-for-the-bang price - hell, I was even considering it a great birthday gift, as I gave it to close friends and partners on that occasion.
Now I come to my point.
As the Premium (which was so conveniently renamed into "CORE" in the meantime) Membership timer was slowly ticking down - indicating that I had only a few days left of it - I set out to refresh it.
My disappointment and anger had no end when I realized that, without even properly announcing it, they have increased the price by not 20%, not 50%, but ONE HUNDRED percent, effectively DOUBLING the price for a membership, while keeping the features the exact same. I was furious! And I refused to pay.
When the day of my un-CORing came I have found my frontpage essentially deleted, and an only extremely limited range of tools to half-way fill it up again, which I'm getting - to make the the membership appealing in the first place.
But I'm not gonna do it. I'm not gonna pay twice the price for something I've enjoyed for so many years, paying fair money. By not adding anything that would justify this horrendously high price you've got nothing to appeal me with anymore, and by revealing your nasty money-grabbing desires you dissolve the very community you oh so strive to maintain, deviantArt.
You've lost a loyal and caring customer in me, deviantArt, and I can't imagine I'm the only one in this situation.
May your greed be your downfall.