I just can't thank you all enough to how often your remind me of how horrible my financial situation is these days. Having been a member since 2003 I really like the fact that you downplay the users that allowed your site to get to this point by continually rubbing it in their faces that only the users that spend crazy amounts of money on pixel items are the ones that are most valued.
I get that you need income in order to run the site, to pay the dev teams and for server maintenance. This I understood and this was the main reason why I donated to the site. It wasn't for the Thank You Letters, although they were much appreciated, it was because I genuinely wanted to help keep Gaia the awesome, friendly place it was for as long as possible.
Now you have a store only for exclusive members that spend a certain amount of money every month on your site where they can get all of these premium items to sell for outrageous prices on the MP that users like me will never have the privilege of ever affording.
I don't make a lot of money. In a perfect world I would, but it's not a perfect world so I don't. I have a family to take care of, a daughter that goes to preschool that usually costs over $100 a week to keep her in, plus rent and other bills that I have to pay on top of groceries and any other "luxury items" such as maybe going out to see a movie (yeah, that's a luxury to me), or splurging on an extra long sleeved shirt for my daughter at Goodwill. Splurging $5.00 a month to donate to the site wasn't that big of a deal. It was doable. Back then, you could still afford the items that were currently available if you put in a little time and hard work by posting in the forums, on guilds, playing games, fishing, etc. Items were achievable regardless of your economic situation.
Not so now. The only word that comes to mine is "sell out." Gaia has sold out. It's no longer about the community, it's about making money.
Unfortunately I'll still continue to visit the site seeing as I have made quite a few friends that I would sorely miss if I were to just give up and stop logging in, but I simply refuse to give this site anymore of my hard earned money until you give ALL members the respect they deserve. I don't think it will make a difference, but it makes me feel better, I suppose.
Oh. By the way. It would be great if you could update the other features on the site, such as aquariums but I highly doubt you ever would, seeing as you can't make outrageous amounts of money off of it, I suppose.
I'm done ranting now.
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