Guest Black Prowler
June 13, 2007 in Feedback
I'm looking to buy the Community Suite for a project myself and a couple friends are starting. I inquired about the pricing through my client center and after a few back n forths got the lowdown on the deal. On the website it says the package is $249 with a support and upgrade renewal of $25 each six month period. I also checked the pricing for the ip.board by itself. $149 a support and upgrade renewal of $25 each six month period. What I'd like to know is when did ip.board (by itself or as part of community suite) go from 1 year of upgrades and support to 6 months? :rolleyes: :unsure: Honestly I think you guys are starting to jump on the american way train to give less for more money :( .....I can't even get a half gallon of ice cream anymore because it's 64 oz's now and even recently got cut back to 58 oz. :blink: yet the price keeps going up!!!......so in retrospect ipb is getting more expensive for less time recieved for upgrades and support. You really couldn't afford to give ONE FULL YEAR of support and upgrades for this product and then go to the 6 month cycles on support/upgrade renewals? So now it will cost me $274 for one complete year of support/upgrades for the community suite (or $174 for ip.board)......I love the hidden punch in the package fellas :rolleyes: I'm glad I still have a lifetime license...all this renewal stuff starts to hit in the wallet after awhile. :(
It has been this way for almost a little over a year now. You aren't paying more, in fact you are paying less in the long haul than you did for a yearly license. Only the initial year "seems" more expensive. What is great about the new system is that you do not even have to pay for support or updates until you want to. After your 6 months is up you can go 5 years without paying again and then pop in and pay the $25 to get the latest update and support for 6 months. This is very much cheaper than the yearly license would have offered you in the past. Either way, many customers enjoy the new pricing and SLA structures and I would highly doubt that IPS will change back to the yearly/perpetual system they had before. :thumbsup: to IPS for making the move to a more professional SLA tier system.
I understand how it works but I remember them offering a year of support/upgrades originally...now it's only 6 months the first time around......still ends up almost $200 for first year for board license unless you opt out of additional support. :o everything after that isnt so bad but they really get ya in that first year. :rolleyes:
A lifetime license wasn't viable in the long term so we took the decision to discontinue that. The new license actually works out cheaper per year in terms of renewals - before, it was $69 a year. Now it's $25 every 6 months, so only $50 a year in total.
Digi, wasnt it in October it switched?
Probably right. For some reason I was thinking october of 05 :S
I just think it's very high for the amount of time you get on support/upgrades initially.
I haven't had a chance to get back to this but I finally made it back :P ok on the ips side I can see your point but I am on the customer side :lol:
a "new" forum is more likely to cause a greater spike in customer service than an older forum?
I had board, gallery, and blog and was paying annually for 2 products and renewal on the board..and each had different renewal dates. I combined them into the suite. I think it cost an additional $50 (pro-rated the existing time left on gallery and blog). Now I only have the semi-annual $30. Made sense to me and still does. If you plan to use all three products the community suite is the way to go.
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