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Posted: 05 February 2013 08:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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The weekly newsletter freebie seems to be unaffected, came through as usual today.

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Posted: 19 February 2013 03:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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wwes - 05 February 2013 08:13 AM

The weekly newsletter freebie seems to be unaffected, came through as usual today.

The newsletter I got today showed this product http://www.daz3d.com/new-releases/jump-your-way as only free with purchase and for PC members. If this is the weekly freebie, then it looks like the change was implemented.

And I noticed a lot of the beginner stuff freebies have a price now.

http://www.daz3d.com/free-3d-models-and-content?limit=60

Not sure how I feel about this. Part of the reason I got into DAZ is that there were a bunch of freebies for beginners to whet their appetite. For a bit of time, I only got the weekly freebies until I was confident enough to buy from the DAZ store. While this change doesn’t affect me or the rest of us directly, I’m not sure I’d recommend DAZ now as enthusiastically as I did before to a newbie. The freebies were a selling point and I’m not really sure how much DAZ will be profiting from those now that they have a cost, so I’m on the fence if this is a wise move. Penny pinching over goodwill to entry-level customers might not be good in the long run. cool hmm

 

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Posted: 19 February 2013 07:29 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Yep, weekly freebie no longer free.  I unsubscribed from the newsletter, that was the only reason I was getting it.

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Posted: 19 February 2013 08:13 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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BorgyB - 19 February 2013 03:05 AM

And I noticed a lot of the beginner stuff freebies have a price now.

http://www.daz3d.com/free-3d-models-and-content?limit=60

Nothing from this link has a price tag for me.

It seems to be yet another “benefit” for PC members.

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Posted: 19 February 2013 08:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Sockratease - 02 February 2013 07:13 AM

Given my budget lately, the weekly freebies and sharecg have been just about my only sources of 3D Models.

I will miss them.

The only item I have bought recently was 3DUniverse’s Toon Cow, and I couldn’t even use it until recently when it got updated!

Like they say, All Things (good or bad)  must come to an end!

There is the Renderosity free stuff area too.

 

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Posted: 19 February 2013 09:06 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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BorgyB - 19 February 2013 03:05 AM

And I noticed a lot of the beginner stuff freebies have a price now.

http://www.daz3d.com/free-3d-models-and-content?limit=60

Nothing from this link has a price tag for me.

It seems to be yet another “benefit” for PC members.

Huh. Thanks for that, though I don’t see the logic why DAZ went this route. Although it makes sense for PC members to get extra benefits, the stuff in the freebies section are hardly top of the line and are entry level tutorials, tools, and stuff. Now, if DAZ put some more enticing initial freebies for PC membership, that might work (like maybe a few PA exclusives) to entice new subscribers.

As it stands, I can’t see how reserving these old things for PC members will be winning any new memberships. I mean Content Paradise, RDNA, etc. have had those same freebies for years and I don’t think they’re going to be pulled out anytime soon. While it’s true, there are other places for those just looking for freebies, I think this move wouldn’t win DAZ any goodwill points for present or future customers (in fact, may influence them to the competition instead).

This goes the same for the weekly freebie. I probably won’t be enticed to buy something just to get it (unless it’s reallllly good). I’ve always viewed them as nice things to have and nice of DAZ as a company to put them out for everyone, which then becomes available for sale later on for the new ones or those who weren’t able to get them at first. But making it something like a BOGO doesn’t really work for me personally.

It might work if the extra freebie remains a freebie for the duration of its availability, meaning it’s not just free for the first week but instead as a permanent “buy something from DAZ, and get this, too” selection.

All in all, I don’t really see the marketing or profit strategy these new changes fulfill. *shrugs* cool hmm

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Posted: 19 February 2013 12:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Sockratease - 02 February 2013 07:13 AM

Given my budget lately, the weekly freebies and sharecg have been just about my only sources of 3D Models.

I will miss them.

The only item I have bought recently was 3DUniverse’s Toon Cow, and I couldn’t even use it until recently when it got updated!

Like they say, All Things (good or bad)  must come to an end!

There is the Renderosity free stuff area too.

...they also offer a monthly freebie as well.

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Posted: 19 February 2013 01:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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wwes - 19 February 2013 07:29 AM

Yep, weekly freebie no longer free.  I unsubscribed from the newsletter, that was the only reason I was getting it.

Yeah, same here. Since the genesis push and the dwindling amount of v4/m4 stuff the only reason I still got the news letter was for the freebies. I am sure there will be a lot of unsubscribes - hope the servers can handle it.

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Posted: 19 February 2013 04:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Weekly freebies are what has drawn me to Studio in the first place. Weekly freebies are what keeps me looking at the newsletter with interest.

When I see something that I like, I buy it, but I can’t afford a PC membership and I won’t buy one for the freebies.

I think turning an old tradition like the weekly freebie into a BOGO offer will do DAZ more harm than good. I bet very few customers will buy something they didn’t intend to buy only to get the freebie, while many others will lose their interest and sympathy for the company due to this.

I’m very disappointed at this decision. This isn’t giving PC members something more, it’s giving everyone else something less.

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Posted: 19 February 2013 06:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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Kerya - 19 February 2013 08:45 AM
Sockratease - 02 February 2013 07:13 AM

Given my budget lately, the weekly freebies and sharecg have been just about my only sources of 3D Models.

I will miss them.

The only item I have bought recently was 3DUniverse’s Toon Cow, and I couldn’t even use it until recently when it got updated!

Like they say, All Things (good or bad)  must come to an end!

There is the Renderosity free stuff area too.

And the RuntimeDNA weekly newsletter freebie and “Zero Price Items,” as well.

This is exactly why I keep compiling free-resources lists over in General Freepozitory. Not everybody has disposable income, especially in the middle of a recession - some folks count on the freebies to get any new content at all.

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Posted: 20 February 2013 01:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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booleanNmares - 19 February 2013 04:41 PM

Weekly freebies are what has drawn me to Studio in the first place. Weekly freebies are what keeps me looking at the newsletter with interest.

When I see something that I like, I buy it, but I can’t afford a PC membership and I won’t buy one for the freebies.

I think turning an old tradition like the weekly freebie into a BOGO offer will do DAZ more harm than good. I bet very few customers will buy something they didn’t intend to buy only to get the freebie, while many others will lose their interest and sympathy for the company due to this.

I’m very disappointed at this decision. This isn’t giving PC members something more, it’s giving everyone else something less.

Yes. PC club members already get a freebie separate from the weekly one, so I’m not clear as to why and how this would help entice new subscribers.

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Kerya - 19 February 2013 08:45 AM
Sockratease - 02 February 2013 07:13 AM

Given my budget lately, the weekly freebies and sharecg have been just about my only sources of 3D Models.

I will miss them.

The only item I have bought recently was 3DUniverse’s Toon Cow, and I couldn’t even use it until recently when it got updated!

Like they say, All Things (good or bad)  must come to an end!

There is the Renderosity free stuff area too.

And the RuntimeDNA weekly newsletter freebie and “Zero Price Items,” as well.

This is exactly why I keep compiling free-resources lists over in General Freepozitory. Not everybody has disposable income, especially in the middle of a recession - some folks count on the freebies to get any new content at all.

True that and your efforts are much appreciated.

Meanwhile, this goes back to the question of what purpose does going with this decision serve? It won’t make them any additional profit, and even if there was initially, in the long run it just desensitizes customers. It certainly won’t entice new customers to buy from DAZ. It also doesn’t make sense to pull out the previously free stuff when the other companies do not. There’s really no “angle” I’m seeing from a marketing perspective. cool hmm

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Posted: 25 February 2013 09:38 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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Aw, I figured this happened when I saw the “free with purchase” horse-jump.  I will miss the straight-up freebies downer

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Posted: 26 February 2013 12:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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Sockratease - 02 February 2013 07:13 AM

Given my budget lately, the weekly freebies and sharecg have been just about my only sources of 3D Models.
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This. Me too.

Anyway, since I only possess a netbook with poor specs right now, I managed to get DAZ 4.5 running, which I’m thankful for, but as soon as the scenes get complex it lags, gets funny - and if I try to render with HQ, it crashes. Hence I’m just fooling around, discovering the prog, all with freebies I find here, @shareCG, Rendo etc., waiting to sit on a decent system. Of course I won’t invest $$$ now since I can’t get a decent result due to my system..

Also, things are a bit.. yeah.. at the moment, and I can’t give a new complicated 3D prog my full attention - I’m not a 3D pro, just have a tad of basic knowledge. DAZ is comparatively simple if you just want to place content, modify it a bit simply, and get a nice render..

Without freebies - including 4.5 & the few free things I got recently (total noob here) from DAZ themselves, I’d have nothing at all, or just a prog with no content. And instead of discovering it while salivating on the 40+ items on my wishlist I hope to slowly buy “soon”, I think I would have girded my loins and started the task of discovering Blender instead (the docks make me mad), maybe Makehuman too.. Or just gone on playing the Sims and forgotten about 3D. LOL

So, as many people said here - I fully agree with the fact that starting with offered freebies doesn’t necessary create parasite customers, but rather future consumers who will pay good $. Because even if many creators offer their paid or free stuff where else - daz3d.com still has a huge choice of good quality items, some quite basic and necessary, easy to find on the site, and very appetizingly displayed to look at! *yearn* surprised

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Posted: 26 February 2013 01:44 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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REMOVED MY POST- IT WAS POINTLESS ANYWAY

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Posted: 27 February 2013 07:12 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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I like your analogy of their being like an old friend with a drinking problem.  DAZ have been sliding down a slippery slope with their customer base since the “acquisition”.  I reckon the bottom of the slope will be when they can’t sell anything to anyone anymore. 
Like you said, they are a business, and this whole shebang really exists just to make them money.

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