sadly, I know of people who will not even download from sharecg because you have to join and sign in.
having an associated store sounds like a better option to me.
the people wishing to sell their stuff would would pay a rent and the site can get a commision on sales.
that way some could have both freebies and paid for better models they have worked very hard on,
others can host just freebies but not a prominant page or suggestions such as “you also might like” on others models unless paid for.
in otherwords, you get the site prominance you pay for and if one wants to only download freebies, they need to sift through a bit with paid for options listed first in any seach.
I have to wonder how many people will want to pay a subscription, no matter how little it is, in order to give something away for nothing.
Yeah, from a creators perspective, that is true.
I’m sure they’ll work something out, a store would be good, but then, we’ve already got daz and renderosity to compete with. And as a customer, I’d really want to know the product has been tested and has no faults. With freebies, it really isn’t that big a deal with any item faults because its free.
As much as I would love SharCG to stay free, you can’t expect the founder to be a “martryr for the cause” and spend his own money to make us happy. The man has to at least break even.
Myself, I don’t care about the ad banners. I would expect possibly a combination of add sites and perhaps a $5 monthly donation which you could set to recurring if you want could possibly give the push they need. If its $10 every month no matter what then I can understand people not wanting to opt for the site.
But the sub will only go towards keeping the site running, or so we are told. All the people who put the freebies up there, the ones who do all the work, are going to be expected to pay the same amount for uploading them., so that you can download them.