Post I'm talking about: http://www.justmytwocopper.org/2011/09/ ... addon.html
First of all, I come to JMTC every day to learn something new and interesting about gold making in wow and for the past few years, I've done that due to your generosity in providing such a useful resource for such tips. I even bought a premium membership to help support the site.
Over the past few months you've taken a lot of slack for being "just in it for the himself", "in it for the money", etc. For example, the comments of this thread: http://www.justmytwocopper.org/2011/08/ ... -gold.html
and I have been on your side through all of this because you have a right to be able to at the very least cover your expenses and the main content is still free, you're just asking for payment if somebody wants to remove the ads / use the search feature / etc which is a completely fair way to go about it.
However, this morning I see this post and am beyond disappointed. You did anything but give an unbiased review of the addon which is instantly obvious. To top it all off, you end with "You may not make 30,000 gold per day like the addon is promising, but I'm sure that you could easily make 5,000-10,000 gold with very little effort." I've been making 15-20k a day with your other tips easily so why would I pay $40 for something that'll make me less gold than what I learned for free? Making a shallow, unsupported estimate like that for how much gold you'll make if you buy this software is unfortunately a huge turn-off for me as a reader. I want to know HOW I can make gold, not be told that "if only you pay this $40 you'll be rich beyond your wildest dreams." Statements like that are an insult to my personal gold making intelligence and have pushed me from being a die-hard fan of yours to being somebody writing an email to you in disappointment.
I'm not even going to go into the fact that charging for an addon is explicitly against blizzard's addon policy (http://us.battle.net/wow/en/forum/topic/1021053914
Hey bud, sorry this wasn't your cup of tea. There is a wide range of people following jmtc. Some refuse to follow tips but guess what, when they see the same tips in a guide that they paid for suddenly they pay attention. It's an amazing example of psychology. For someone like you this post doesn't help you at all, but a person who's looking to spend money for help, this is an ideal solution.
I can shout free stuff till I'm blue in the face, or I can sell them something and everyone will get the gold they desire.
The guide is legal; the addon is supposedly free but the support costs money (legal loop hole).
It's a business, even if I try to make it transparent and helpful for everyone, this is unfortunately the way jmtc has always operated.
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Ok so why prevent people from commenting on it? Afraid people will take my stance and expose you for abusing your popularity? If your stance is that some people want to pay real money to make gold, why don't they just buy it? Or buy a botting software? And why wouldn't you just flat-out say that in the post and actually give a fair review of the product rather than shamelessly saying how "amazing" it is?
It's not supposed to be a discussion. It's an advertisement. I really don't want to police comments on the post or take away from the value of the product.
I'm not taking advantage of popularity, I'm voicing my opinion on my favorite gold making addon.
You make it sound like I'm trying to cheat you or something for not allowing comments!
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Let me add, hearing that "this is the way JMTC has always operated" makes me sad. I thought JMTC was founded on the basis of sharing gold making knowledge, not the basis of being a business to pad your pockets.
Ok well I guess I'll stop coming to JMTC for a gold making discussion then since it's just an advertising site now.
Since Markco blocked comments on the post itself, the forums seem like a good place to discuss it.
-Extremely disappointed and disgusted long-time JMTC fan.
PS: Will update with future responses.