After decades of trying to make digital pay, the media industry still doesn’t really seem to know what it’s doing about online. So we’re going to try something new.
We’ve partnered with a company called Agate, who we think have come up with a rather neat, fair and equitable solution to the industry’s problem. Essentially, they’ve created a digital pay-as-you-go wallet that lets you automatically pay a small fixed amount for certain articles.
That means no monthly subscriptions, no being charged for any of the sections you don’t read, no impenetrable full-screen ads. Just a simple, frictionless way to pay a micro-fee on a page-by-page basis.
They’re testing the system out on our site first, but the plan is to roll it out to other sites very soon – and any money in your Agate wallet will be completely transferable to other sites. Like a contactless card for media.
We’ve set our price for articles on the Popbitch website at 10p, and we’ve set a weekly limit of 30p – so you can read as much of our site as you like and know you’ll never spend more than 30p each week.
We’d love for you to try it, so if you want to know more about the Agate system, we have an FAQ here.
[Read our Agate FAQ]
Or, if you want to dive straight in, this week we took a look at the history of celebrities selling stuff on eBay (and, in the process, we think we might have found out what Rolf Harris has been doing since leaving prison…)
[Read ‘Taking Care Of Bidness’ on Popbitch]