In a move that is certainly causing mixed reactions across the board, Webcomics.com, helmed by Brad Guigar, announced Sunday that the site content will now be available to all who register for a pay account for the price of $30 a year. The post declaring this new business model for the community-driven webcomics information hub has a lengthy comment thread that is well worth reading if you’re trying to decide whether or not to give it the ol’ college try.
The question that strikes me as particularly intriguing is one posed by David Gallaher:
Clicking around, I didn’t see a Terms of Service notice or anything that guarantees my rights as a consumer of your information. How do I know that Brad won’t take all of my money and build a dream house in Florida?
In terms of this being a business decision, this does seem like a make-it-or-break-it point. The Internet has proven to be anything but stable, so is there any way to ensure subscribers they will get their money back if the whole thing goes tits up tomorrow?
Oh, and some dude talked to Brad himself about the whole thing. Maybe he has more info you should check out.