Update 14/12/17 Patreon altered the fee policy. I am still gratefully accepting patrons on my Patreon. Well done for kicking up a fuss, folks!
Some of you might be aware that Patreon have recently launched a new fee policy which forces the brunt of fees onto patrons. This is a huge problem for small creators like me, who ask for small contributions, but more importantly, it affects those lovely people who like to give a small amount to creators.
Here’s a little bit of maths from @niquaeli to show how the new system affects you (and me):
New system: Support 1 Patreon for $20/month? You pay $20.92. Support 20 Patreons for $1/each? You pay $27.38.
I mean, I thought the whole damn point of Patreon was that it let the $1 pledge BE a viable way of supporting creators for people who don’t have much to spare.
— niqaeli torres (@niqaeli) December 7, 2017
So here’s some more math for you: in order to make a patron’s actual payment made for supporting a given creator come out to $1/month, under the new rules, they’d have to pledge $0.65. With the 2.9% + $0.34 fee, that works out to just about $1. https://t.co/Vc33HzqGH6
— niqaeli torres (@niqaeli) December 8, 2017
If you want more detailed information about how awful the new Patreon charges are for small pledges, check out this thread from @FoldableHuman.
Basically, it’s screwing us. With that in mind, I’m looking at alternatives. Kickstarter Drip is still in invite-only beta, and I’m not yet sure as to whether it’s a superior option to Patreon, so in the meantime, I’ve made a liberapay account, with a view to closing my Patreon if they don’t back down on the fees soon.
Liberapay is made by a European non-profit, and helps those of you who choose to give small amounts to one, or many creators. The upside is you don’t pay so much in fees. You can give under a pseudonym, protecting your privacy. Also, it pays in Euros, which is nice for everyone, and you don’t have to give whole-euro amounts. It’s weekly, so if you wanted to support me by paying 1 Euro a month, you could pay 25 cents weekly.
The main downside is that when you make an account, you have to pay at least 15 Euros into your “wallet”, and I understand this might be a little steep as an upfront payment for some of you. You don’t have to spend it all at once, you can just set it up to pay your favourite creators the small amount, and it’ll email you when you need to top up your wallet. Bit of a faff, maybe, but it might work for you.
If you’re interested, here’s my liberapay again…
Of course, if you just want to make a one-off tip, there’s always my paypal…
Thanks for reading, and I’m so sorry about Patreon. If they don’t change their fee policy, screw them, and screw them hard. I bear grudges, and they are currently right up on my naughty list.