I did contact you via "Contact formular" for two times, in December and in January. I didn't get any answer, so I want to ask the community how I can leave my premium membership.
Below is the copy of my request:
Hello to FAA,
I want to end up my premium membership to the date it should be renewed, but I can't find, where to do this.
I don't want to close the whole account, but return to the basic account.
Please give me informations, how to do.
Thanks a lot
and thank you for your tips and your kind words!
I think something is not working properly with the email notifications.
@ Abbie: Unfortunately, I never received an answer. I've also enabled this post to notify me if someone gives me a reply - nothing. My Email adress is correct.
Why do I want to leave Premium?
Well, it was an attempt to get more attention for my work through more pictures. Until then I had a small sale (already 4 years ago) and it still is the only one.
The larger number of pictures did not lead to more visits to my site.
Of course the sale is not everything and I like FAA somehow, especially the big and - as I can experience now - helpful and friendly community.
But the deciding factor is that I no longer have a credit card and actually do not need. Unfortunately I can not pay membership via PayPal.
My English is not very well, but I hope that I have expressed myself halfway understandable. Google Translator is my friend, but most of all because it makes me laugh with its funny translations. ;-)
@ Roger: Unfortunately I do not understand what you mean with my avatar, respectively with 'Big Bird'?
@ All: Thank you very much for your friendly comments!
The main reason why I want to close premium membership ist the fact, that I have no more creditcard and there's no other possibility to pay for this.
I don't understand this fact, because sales are payed via paypal, why not also membership?
I sent you my request once again via pm.
I get some emails of FAA, for example the "weekly updates", but not every week and also informations about new messages from the groups that I participate, but also not every time. I don't know why there are such irregularities.
Oh yes, as some has guessed, it's my dog in the avatar, no bird! But now, since you've asked, I always see a bird ... :-).
he would have a lot of kisses... didn't a while ago, i think it was roger or the other one paid for someone's account. of which i don't think we've seen him either. what did they do, on my overly clear memory?
"it never made sense that you couldn't pay your way using what they owe us or with PayPal. "
I agree with being able to pay with PayPal but not paying against sales.
That becomes an accounting problem for FAA and the individual seller. I am sure their (Sean's) accountants would resist that just like mine did.
I did that one time with a gallery and my accounts told me in no uncertain terms would they sign off on any official audits, my tax returns or represent me before the IRS if they audited me if did business that way.
It lacks the proper paper tail is what they said. It is also looked at by the IRS as trade or barter and it is one of the bells the red flags that get raised and peeks the interests of tax auditors.
Good memory, Mike. I actually remembered once you prodded my memory, that Roger paid for AJ Yoder's account, I believe. I'll send him a message to ask how he did that. AJ seems to have vanished from the scene here.
Floyd, not a problem. You know, just a suggestion, but we could have something like a scholarship here. I seem to remember something like that being offered not too long ago. Anyone who use the break on paying for a year's membership applied in a thread...remember? Anyway, whatever the difficulty, whether it's not having a credit card or not being able to afford a year's membership, it would be great if we could resolve the issue easily.
I was thinking a while back if FAA could create a fund for struggling talent by for example producing a calendar (or several themed ones), with 'donated' artwork. - or some such, where all proceeds go to the fund - maybe even FAA could chip it their normal cut. Fuzzy idea, I know, but just a seed ...
Or, an in-house 'fund me?' button.
Or, certain images / products could be offered as 'to artist support fund'.
Or maybe just leave it as now and up to each person to decide. I like the idea of a 'fund', but such things get complex and open to abuse etc. But i do like the general idea.
ps : I've hit hard times, where even a $40 payment can no longer be made. It happens.
pps : preparing dinner * so forgive if this already exists (no time to check atm), but a non-monetary way to give support to those we like would be through being able to link them from our own page - favorited artist or image. Maybe already there ? I'd like to be able to do that. 'Hope you liked my works. I suggest you also check these out ...' Maybe as simple as an opt-in to sharing who you follow - 'this artists likes', with image links; optional; but i'd do it; visitors are going to go somewhere.. I wouldn't mind sharing all follows - some would be widely different in style but even if similar, letting the buyer choose what they like best is ok with me.
this is why i don't describe people to police, it would sound like that, but it would be enough to jog someone's memory just enough so they can describe it. i think if i recall, did cynthia decker pay for a number of accounts a while back. she had a good year and paid for like 5 of them.
That's right, Mike, she did. I'll contact her too to see how she did it. I remembered the thread but I forgot that it was Cynthia who paid for the memberships. I sent messages to Roger and Cynthia asking how they did this.
Peggy - the last one - simplest and maybe best - is part from YouTube where though normally all the videos one 'likes', saved as a playlist, are for your benefit, there is an option to make it public; makes sense to me. [Full now, but there's an apple pie in the oven ... cold rainy day; easy to go overboard ; )]
Peggy - you're right. So that's good. Knowing this, I'll use it more.
Been playing with cement all weekend - might have restricted by oxygen intake : (
So covered in cement dust that if I popped out into the rain, I'd cast myself right there !
I know now that many things don't work as cement additives; still to try (sugar-free) club soda (sugar above 1% will cause cement to never set; but curious about getting bubbles in there; currently trying out extra-fast setting cement; wasted so much as it set half-way through a pour ; ) like a frozen waterfall). But i digress ...
Dear ones, I have just skimmed your news, but understand less than the half, due to my bad English skills.
But what I understand makes me speechless!
I am overwhelmed by your helpfulness, your encouragement and your ideas! Thank you very much, especially Peggy for your generous offer!
I'm very busy at the moment and I should take more time to read all the news and to answer. It takes a while with my rudimentary English skills.
But I would like to mention that I can afford the cost of the premium, the lack of possibility of payment is the whole point.
Many of your messages have touched me deeply - thank you!
that's all strange and irritating.
I had written to you in my pm that I will let you know the date of closing at the last week in March.
Now I just wanted to upload a picture. This is not possible anymore. I am advised that I have a free account and my upload limit has been reached.
But there are still all pictures in my gallery. I really wanted to take some time to select the remaining 25 images. I hope it does not disappear at once.
I don't know if they are available where you live, but in the United States, you can get pre-paid debit cards with no bank account or Credit Check at shops like Walmart and Walgreens. Just give the cashier money and they load it onto a Visa or Amex etc that you grab off of the rack. Of course, a PayPal debit card is a good option as mentioned above, I've been using mine for a very long time.
that is very generous of you! Thank you very much!
Peggy has already made me this offer. Unfortunately, I do not understand everything, so I heard from the answers that this possibility could lead to complications?
I do not know how you associate with FAA, but is it easier if you (than Peggy) pay for my account?
I assume that the conditions for premium account remained the same (for example terminable at any time)?
If it means no inconvenience for you, then I accept the offer gladly.
I agree with you Tatiana. I have been touched reading all the replies in this discussion. I just became Susanne’s 20th follower and l/f/c one of her pieces of artwork. Some great, caring, and generous people on FAA. One of the reasons I love FAA. It’s an honor and pleasure to rub shoulders with such a beautiful group of artists.
All the best, Susanne. Looking forward to seeing more of your artwork posted.
Once again, many thanks to you, Abbie! I do appreciate your offer!
I'll send you the payment at the end of March via PayPal.
Thank you so much for your friendly words and the invitation to your group, which pleases me very much.
I don't travel that often and therefore I am afraid that I can not contribute many interesting pictures.
In any case, I will soon make a trip through your group and perhaps I'll meet you and stay. :-)
Also to you, Janet, many thanks for the good wishes and for following!
You are absolutely right when you say: "Some great, caring, and generous people on FAA."
You don't have to travel around the world to have "travel" pictures :)
As soon as you get out of your house, you travel. You have some wonderful landscapes, buildings and more images that I would consider good travel pictures as long as they have the location made visible in the description and/or keywords.
I gave some L/F and comments on some and even posted one of your landscapes in the FB beautiful landscapes group (don't have the address right now) and on Pinterest :)