Why do they hide the price??
I've spent twenty minutes trying to find out - from any source! - how much Duolingo Plus would cost.
If they'd just tell me, I might be willing to pay it! But the fact that they refuse to put it out there ANYWHERE on the site makes me leery that there's some kind of a catch.
I do not sign up for 'free trials' without knowing ahead of time what it costs after the trial. A simple "Try it free for 7 days! If you like it, pay just $X.xx each month after that" is all I'm asking for here; most places do this, so why Duolingo has decided this is top-secret information?
What's the catch they don't want me to see coming?
The answer is "Marketing Experts", Duo is far from the only site on the Internet that makes finding out what a subscription costs hard.
It must be a regional thing! I'm in the US and couldn't find the price anywhere on the Plus page.
Also in US, also seeing 6.99, and it's very clearly marked (not hidden or anything)
Thanks! I'm still not seeing it anywhere when I look on my own, but at least now I know.
I agree, it's not obvious, although the link Thomaco provides does explain.
I too was very leery of starting the trial because of this. It's even more dodgy on Android, because without telling you, a subscription is started, and you need to go in and cancel it rather than an actual activation yourself. I think they do send you an email to explain this, however.
I agree as it would be nice to see the price up front. Granted, I know it's $10 a month because of the forums. Same thing with Babbel and even Lingodeer. In fact, I thought Lingodeer was free until I completed the first "tree" then it told me to pay up to continue.
Thankfully though, I never had to pay for Duolingo in the past 4+ years since I had it!
I tried Babbel before Duolingo and it does tell you clearly what are the prices.. It is listed on their website , when you check the subscription info. Also they offer quite transparent option of trying one lesson of EACH level/course for free before they ask you to sign up. They are very good. (I did not sign up simply because I preferred Duolingo method and free of charge)
Duolingo does not hide the costs..If you google up Duolingo Plus, all info will be there. Just like the other user said ..open a different window and check.
Lingodeer was free but then changed to pay a price but it's still free for old users.
What's the catch they don't want me to see coming?
Once you sign up for a free trial, you are charged automatically until you voluntarily cancel. That's how most free trials work, unfortunately.
I figured that much - to their credit, they're upfront that you 'cancel if unhappy' rather than being automatically removed from Plus status - but the lack of an upfront price had me suspecting that the price increased periodically, or you couldn't unsubscribe for a certain period after signing up!
If they'd just tell me, I might be willing to pay it!
The essential features are completely free of charge!
This is the link to the very few extras in Duolingo Plus (without prices!)
- In the US, consumers hardly have any rights.
- Do not expect Duolingo's staff to respect European consumer legislation
or the consumer legislation of other countries.
Do not expect the Duolingo staff to respect European consumer legislation
Isn't it illegal for Duolingo to violate European consumer legislation? Are they allowed to be available in Europe if they violate the laws from there?
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- Duolingo ???????
Why pay? Well, I'd like to support Duolingo if it's something I find useful, and honestly I'm just as happy to pay a small fee as to muck around trying to disable my adblocker for one particular site.
It's why I was so frustrated that they wouldn't just tell me how much it would be: I'm inclined to give money, but they're making it difficult! That seems counterintuitive...
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