https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tal908268

I like Duolingo and I wish to contribute (time/ money).

I got an add today saying that for 10$ I can get the no-add version. I wish to pay for the app, but 10 dollars a month is too much. A year? sure. A month? no way... I would prefer deleting it.

What do you think about it?

March 25, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Could you pay the $10 for one month of no advertisements, and then go back to having the advertisements for the rest of the year? I've seen the offer but haven't read the terms.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tal908268

That is probabely what I will do. It's just... It would make me feel better if I knew I was paying for the whole year. You know.. If they ask for 5$ for the whole year, I am sure most of the users would pay. 10$ many would pay. 100$... umm... most would not pay. I would ask people to pay but let them choose from 1, 5, 10, 50 ... And write that the recommended price is X.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iSamuelHoffman

I don't get ads because of my ad blockers, but if I did get ads, I would probably be fine with paying $5 to $10 to have the ad-free version FOREVER. I might even be fine with paying that yearly. But I admit, there is an extremely small chance I would have paid $100 yearly. They do deserve it, but I'd just deal with the ads. I do wish there was an actual spot to donate to them just to donate.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

That is a really good idea!

In the past, when Duolingo introduced the offer to "buy back your streak" they had different prices. Some people could buy theirs back for less, some for more. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Duo is offering the "advert free" version at different price points, to see what folks are willing to pay. I don't know if they are or not, but it sounds like something they would do.

I wonder if they track our region when they run those tests. Some areas of the world make more money and spend more for a certain item, and other regions make and pay less.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tal908268

exactly. its like.. i want to give something back... but reasonable in my mind. well, i hope someone is listening :)

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

@Lrtward, yes, this is what is happening. I've encountered people mentioning quite a few different prices.

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarmint

Problem with this is so many ask for money. Wikipedia, streaming Spotify all other things. Free is really nice. Even 5 $ feels bad. Maybe since I use duolingo so much I would feel obliged too donate but idk.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tal908268

because i use the app and enjoy it, i feel that i should give them something... i know that free is nice, but think about it that people invest time and effort into these apps and sites. for example, for Wikipedia i donated 10$. its not much but it is something.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarmint

I lost my streak and donated 3-4 dollar to keep it.

April 3, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/centime

I recommend a voluntary contribution to DL. Ten dollars per year? After contributing, your avatar gets a colored rim . Do this and there will be a flood of contributors.

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alone2gether

Maybe $1-$5 is OK per month, but $10 for multiple months is highway robbery.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tal908268

Update - I payed for 1 month of "no add" subscription (~10$). I am not going to buy more. But i felt i should give something.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LuisGalvez69697

Restore immersion first and we'll talk about price later.

March 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arthurva

I think that was expected to be the cash cow to keep Duo going - but it hasn't been.

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tal908268

im sorry but, what is immersion?

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arthurva

Duolingo was originally advertised as forever free and for ever without ads. That was most attractive! Would I pay for learning languages? Well YES, I would. I have in the past! Compared to other courses out there, what would one think would be a reasonable price?

I am not sure how Dulolingo is funded - I think the original idea was that using crowd sourced translation services was going to fund it - but that appears not to have been successful. Clearly Duo needs income - nothing runs for nothing! The costs have to be met somehow or Duo will disappear.

Ads obviously bring in income, so that is one avenue. A periodic payment is another way to bring in income.

The plan sort of sounds like what Spotify does - free with ads or a monthly payment without ads. I think this is fair - if we want Duolingo to continue they need income to meet expenses.

I guess the question everyone is asking is, how much? I would pay a monthly or annual fee for add-free usage because I value what Duo has done for me - 80% of my Spanish ability has been learnt through Duo - I treasure that. So it looks like - free with ads - for those who cannot (or will not) pay - and ad-free for those willing and able to pay.

Its a fair solution!

Based on the economy of the areas, I think $1 - $5 would be appropriate.

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Just to put this out there for folks who might be curious, Duolingo is spending at least $45,000 a day to continue running. :)

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arthurva

Yep - that is my point - it has to be funded somehow!

If your figures are accurate, it would cost $1.35 M per month.

Duolingo has many millions of active members - if only half a million would sign up for the paid ad-free service, then an average payment of $2.70 per month would cover the cost.

So it seems reasonable that a fee of between $1 for poorer economies up to $5 for richer economies should be charged. I would pay that.

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tal908268

where did you bring this figure from? :)

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

I have found a few figures here and there as the costs go up. I couldn't locate the $45,000 I previously saw. But, here is a $42,000 as quoted by Luis.

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arthurva

Thanks, Usagiboy, for this link to Luis' post. This is very revealing and inspiring too in terms of the continued progress Duolingo is making! My suggestions above remain relevant, I believe..

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Usagiboy7

Sorry if I was giving the impression that I was endorsing or objecting to any ideas. I was just plopping in some side info ppl might find interesting. :)

March 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/macatmil

Incredible!

March 31, 2017
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