Another option for the Platinum Club.
The name "Platinum Club" sort of implies that it's something 'extra' for those willing to pay the upfront cost. The general view is that the user gains the option to purchase digital content for $1.99, or get 30% off for new items. That is fine, but it's sort of a limited view. It's just a 'buyers club'.
Let me say that in many ways DAZ3D.Com (the company) is generous, and has created a software that for what it does is very good. Us users, on the other hand is limited in how much hardware and what quality we can get them. And here comes my point; my workstation, which I spent a buck-load of money to buy back in 2008, crashed for the 3'rd time (and it's a memory issue this time as well....Been there, done that..!!).
So, the bottleneck is for us users, is not the price of the goods you good folks at DAZ3D can offer, but what junk we're stuck with at any time. Some of us has good machines, some of us struggles. And some of us (like me!) needs to pay to get (yet another...) machine that has the capacity to do what we need it to do.
So what do I mean? Well, I'm thinking out loud here, and I might have brushed close to this point in previous posts on the old forums - so bear with me for a moment. My idea is that the Platinum Club becomes a cloud-service run by DAZ3D.Com. What the user does is to log onto the DAZ-cloud, and opens a 'session', loads the items s/he has bought (including uploaded common freebies [provided by the creators of such freebies]) from a 'personalized' Content-folder.
Props, characters etc., poses them, tweaks the materials/shaders, lights, camera(s), and renders them using (say) 4 'free' cores (more can be purchased at need). Then all the user needs is to send the picture to his own computer (for post-processing), or upload them to an online picture provider (Flickr, DeviantArt etc.).
This frees the users from getting a render-machine that is worth many thousands, and DAZ could act as a licensee-provider backing up the user in case of copyright infringement claims.
Now, this idea doesn't imply that the user cannot download the digital content, and use it on his/her personal computer as is done right now. But to be more like a service provided by DAZ3D for those willing to pay the upfront cost of staying in the Platinum Club.
Now, you can start screaming at me for posting this idea for it's utter brilliance or sheer stupidity.