Well, I for one am livid.
I don’t want to spend my spare time elsewhere but I am fed up with this conservative, isolationist, right-wing attitude. You are an ART site for pete’s sake. You should be ashamed.
Well while I understand your frustration, they are a business rather than an Art site, and they are acting in the best intreast of their own business which is within their right to do.
I admit It was nice they allowed 3rd parties to advertise here (I found it handy sometimes myself), but that was really a privilage and not an entitlement. And like I said, Rendo has never allowed for this AFAIK.
Not really in their best interests, not when their changes drive away customers. Where I spend time and hang out, I buy things. I hung out at Daz to browse galleries and seek inspiration and talent, to find ways to make Daz do more and better (such as with 3rd party plugins), and add more content made to work perfectly for Daz Studio.
Now that’s not possible. I buy less PA items, not because of 3rd party off site items, but because Daz did away with vouchers that worked on PA items and took them out of fast grab too. Most major sales and coupons work on the Daz originals only and the whole “if you buy this, you get this other item free” doesn’t work on me because I usually don’t want one of the items, and the “buy this to get 20/30/40/50% off another item from that PA’s store” didn’t work for me either. All these new stunts are what drives sales and loyal customers away. Some may not care about the new tactics but it’s not cool.
If these moves by Daz make them loose customer trust, loyalty and satisfaction, I can’t see us sticking around to take more bad treatment from them, much less pouring money into their disintegrating Platinum club.
Sites that encourage people to hang around, visit daily, browse the store, and look at content and plugins that help renew and revive interest in the software are vital for keeping sales going. I can’t tell you how often I came to the store “just to get the freebie” and left with a cart full of purchases. But now there’s much less incentive to hang out, share the word, browse the store really. Daz forums are more and more unhappy these days, and its not just because we all got whiny.