[this is a public post on LJ]
So, the new LJ "promotion" is going on, and it's not really that great. Each Paid+ user gets 10 coupons for $10 off a new Paid account that they can send to others. It doesn't work for renewing a Paid acccount, doesn't work for userpics, can only be used to pay for a one-year account, and the coupon expires in the middle of January if not used.
Essentially, this is hardly a gift at all because all you can do with it is encourage people to spend money that they're not already spending. It's a blatant call for new people to take income from by SUP.
So rather than insult my friends by selecting who might want them and saying "Here, spend some of your money!", I'll offer them here. If anybody was going to upgrade to a Paid account anyway on LJ, let me know and I can send you one of these coupons to make it so you don't have to pay the full amount. If you reply on DW, let me know your LJ username so I can send it to the right place. This offer is open to anybody, not just friends of mine.
If you're enticed by the idea of having a one-year Paid account for $15 and weren't going to upgrade anyway, I can send you a coupon too - just ask - but I'd like to recommend that you try Dreamwidth instead of giving more money to LJ. Let me know if you'd like this and I can gift you an invite code to create a 2-month Paid account at DW, so you can see what it's like. You can crosspost to LJ, too.
This entry was originally posted on Dreamwidth, at http://sophie.dreamwidth.org/15335.html. You can comment either here or there.
Well, the argument FOR these things is that the giver can also purchase a gift certificate for the recipient to supplement the $10, but...
Honestly? To me, that's a needless PITA for the recipient. Gifts in their purest form don't require the recipient to do ANYTHING to enjoy them. And while gift certificates do require that the recipient go to the store to redeem them, at least they can use them on generally ANYTHING they want from that store. These coupons not only requires that the recipient go to the Gift Shop to redeem them, but they can't be used on anything other than a Paid Account. That's the suckiest thing about this whole thing, IMHO.