For those of you who might not have heard, our favorite half-term governor and podium seeker Sarah Palin started her own online channel a few months ago, charging subscribes $9.95 per month to have access its content. Though I have no idea why anyone would pay almost $10 per month to subscribe to an online channel hosted by Palin. And I’m not saying that because I loathe the woman (I do), but because I have no idea why anyone would pay that much per month to just hear the random ramblings of this woman.
Anything worthwhile would almost certainly be covered in the media (for free), and she’s charging about the same per month as Netflix or Hulu for a channel that provides a fraction of the content.
Well, that is if she actually provides content. You see, apparently Palin has been basically ripping off her subscribers as of late. There have been two periods in the last two months alone where she’s gone ten days or more without updating anything new.
Think about that for a second. Her subscribers are paying $9.95 per month to have access to content on an online channel that isn’t providing new content for a good portion of the month. These two minimum ten day spans where nothing new was updated constitute about one-third of the last 2 months. Which means she’s quickly heading toward a full month where she didn’t upload anything new – yet people are still being charged full-price for their subscriptions.
Now, is this a huge deal? Well, yes and no.
Nobody is forced to subscribe to her channel, so anyone paying to do so is free to cancel at anytime. So on one hand if someone continues to pay for this joke of an online channel, that’s their business.
But at the same time, a business, entity or person trying to make money from something can’t simply get away with swindling people out of that money because “they can and nobody is forcing them to pay.” Just because people are willing to pay for something doesn’t mean the business or person they’re paying doesn’t have a responsibility to those customers. And it’s clear Palin is taking advantage of the fact that she’s a big name in conservative circles so she knows people will pay this monthly fee because of who she is – yet she’s not fulfilling her end of the deal.
Meanwhile, she seems to have more than enough time to travel around the country making an absolute fool out of herself.
While I wouldn’t call this channel an out-right con, it’s pretty close. She’s clearly using her public profile to lure in subscribers to a channel that she’s promising to maintain and update – except she’s really not doing that. And the sheep who follow her are too ignorant to realize that they’re basically being duped out of this money every month.
Because while I’m writing this article to call out the fact that she’s basically ripping off her subscribers, they are the ones who should be upset. But then that would require them to come to the realization that the tea party queen has been conning them out of their money, and we all know how many of her faithful followers aren’t big fans of thinking for themselves.
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