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Charging money in the paleo community ?

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Created August 27, 2010 at 7:59 AM

Yesterday I was checking some website that was mentioned by a PH member. The site is not paleo friendly, quite the opposite and besides various health (?) claims there was one thing that really got my attention.

There was an option called something like "Online program". Basically you pay the author 500$ for a month and get some sort of onling coaching, email/Skype support, eBook, ... Actual content isn't really that important, I'm talking more about the concept.

I admit I would be devasted to see Stephan/Harris/Peter/Eades (not Sisson though. I love his work but fuck 750$ PrimalCOn tickets and "AUTOSHIP") advertising their new online coaching program, especially if they would use marketing gimmicks (khm, Sisson and Primal Leap, khm) about how awesome this program really is.

Hardcover books on the other hand present no moral problem to me. I can actually touch them, throw them away, lend them, basically do multiple physical stuff with it (eBooks just suck in that aspect). Plus the price isn't really high and for me it's mostly about supporting the author (and not financing his new Bentley).

I still think about Paleo like a new age Hippie community and therefore charging money for knowledge seems, well, it just doesn't fit in my idealistic idea of the (paleo) world.

What is your take on this ? At which products (books, supplements, DVD's, T-Shirts ...) do you draw the limit and when "guru" becomes "Atkins" (my synonym for making nutritional money milkers) ? Will paleo become a huge business ? Will Patrick ever sent us a "SUPA DUPA AWESOME TIME LIMITED LIFE CHANGING OFFER" subscription for-only-50$-a-month email ?

Ikco and lot's of )('s :D

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Working as a personal trainer, I have experienced COUNTLESS situations where I give free advice and it falls on deaf ears. I wasted my time and the person wasted the opportunity to do something for their fitness, diet, health, life, etc. However, once money is exchanged, people take notice, and there is a HUGE increase in the chance that they will take action, and actually get results. Often, "free" is costly, and "costly" is cheap.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:54 PM

I enjoy DeVany's site and will continue to be a subscriber. I look at it as though I pay him to filter thru all the clutter and bring my attention to the important or interesting research/articles/etc.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:10 PM

The idea that "a lot can be made via adverts" is seriously wrong. Believe me. I, for one, invest a part-time jobs worth of time into my blog and still have to work full-time (and then some) to support myself. Blog/web advertisements are NOT a cash-cow (they aren't even a cash cow-fetus). Offering paid services (tele-coaching), packages of content (videos, e-books, etc.), and workshops/seminars, is the equivalent of a farmer selling direct to the customer, they get a fair price for a hard days work.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:09 PM

The idea that "a lot can be made via adverts" is seriously wrong. Believe me. I, for one, invest a part-time jobs worth of time into my blog and still have to work full-time (and then some) to support myself. Blog/web advertisements are NOT a cash-cow (they aren't even a cash cow-fetus). Offering paid services (tele-coaching), packages of content (vidoe, e-book, etc.), is the equivalent of a farmer selling direct to the customer, they get a fair price for a hard days work.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:06 PM

If "their own mixture of supplements" is a legitimately improved product, why not? I have a hard time shopping for supplements at Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, etc. that are not also (ironically yet predictably) full of toxic crap. If someone helps me to make a better choice at a fair price, what's the problem?

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Word Gilliebean! Whether you are spending time, money, or attention, you are SPENDING. The producer of content is not a nameless machine. If he or she is providing you with something of value, that you are willing to SPEND money, time, or attention on, you are participating in mutually beneficial relationship. If someone is selling crap products or over-hyped "secrets", however, there is no reason to support their efforts.

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on May 25, 2011
at 07:48 AM

"Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. (ANI) was founded in 1989 by Atkins to promote the sell Atkins-branded products." Dr. Atkins' New Diet Revolution vs. Dr. Atkins' Age-Defying Diet Revolution vs. Dr. Atkins' Vita-Nutrient Solution ? All published in the space of three years. I'm glad you had good experience with it but let us face the truth. It was a BIG business with LOTS of products. And making fake food is money milkin'.

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on May 24, 2011
at 08:31 PM

Atkins wrote 13 books in his lifetime and all were significantly updates to the diet plan, cookbooks, reference books (carb counters) or reprints. He most certainly was not a "nutritional money milker." That statement is ignorant.

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on September 30, 2010
at 11:14 AM

Short Answer: I'd rather people make money doing good than through selling rubbish consumer goods, poison and weapons. Long Answer: See Below.

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on August 29, 2010
at 01:30 PM

I'm not sure if they were all issued post-mortem but he published like 7 books in two years. Also publishing 20 books in 30 years is closer to money grabbing then knowledge spreading in my book but I haven't read any of his books although I don't find it likely that he wrote new books because of new information. I'm pretty fond of socialism so I might be biased :)

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on August 29, 2010
at 11:19 AM

I believe in the free sharing of scientific knowledge, whilst respecting the fact that someone had to do the labour to get that information - but once they've been repaid and are living comfortably, that information is anyone's. The Atkins issue is a great example - I wouldn't use "Atkins" as your synonym as the Doc was all about helping people and spreading his information as far and wide as he could. It wasn't until after he died that "Atkins Pty Ltd" (etc) evolved into the money-hungry frankenfood machine it is today. It's the classic Info vs. Industry issue. Ahh, capitalism...

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on August 28, 2010
at 07:21 AM

I was going to say something similar. Some people need to spend money in order to be responsible or take action. Someone else needs to be there to collect it from them. A lot of the people collecting it deserve it. They're sifting through lots of research so the paying person can read the cliff notes.

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on August 28, 2010
at 06:26 AM

"The abridged audio book of The Primal Blueprint will be sold separately soon". Maybe an audio book of The Primal Cookbook will follow in a month or too. I'm worried that this might transcend into 234324 billions paleo products and in a way killing the community which is, for the most part, fueled by enthusiasm (of various bloggers).

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on August 28, 2010
at 06:19 AM

Co-signed bro, co-signed. And as supplements I mean people releasing their own mixture of supplements.

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on August 28, 2010
at 12:41 AM

Anyhow I think Mark Sisson deserves the money he makes. But there are certain gestures that can come off the wrong way. I'm sure there's some point for all of us at which money-making crosses the line into inappropriate -- but we all might see that line in a different place.

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on August 28, 2010
at 12:41 AM

Anyhow I think Mark Sisson deserves the money he makes. But there are certain *gestures* that can come off the wrong way. I'm sure there's some point for all of us at which money-making crosses the line into in appropriate -- but we all might see that line in a different place.

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on August 28, 2010
at 12:38 AM

John R: I also write for money. But the tricky thing about the internet is that lots of people will look at things *that they would not have paid money for otherwise*. So you can't always feel injustice if people are clamoring to get something for free -- if the internet hadn't been there in the first place then maybe they never would have heard of you anyway. So I think then you get a lot of gray area, where people have different intuitions about what is appropriate and what isn't. As evidenced by the different reactions on this thread.

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on August 27, 2010
at 10:55 PM

That's actually where Id like to get into for a profession. Curing people of generalized anxiety disorder, Bipolar, OCD, depression, etc.. through Paleo living, Paleo diet but I also believe that certain supplements are in order as a lot of times these peoples bodies are so out of whack that they cant rebalance themselves. I saw that Robb Wolf today on Facebook said that he plans on making a cert program for Paleo diet and this would be a big help so someone could teach Paleo but the cert would also let them work with the high quality private supplement manufactures.

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on August 27, 2010
at 10:50 PM

I agree with you that diet is number 1 but if people have an actual disorder supplements can be a big help. Im 95% + organic Paleo (with exercise, sunshine, dark room, etc..) and I still need to take certain supplements. Better than popping pharmaceuticals...

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on August 27, 2010
at 10:43 PM

Perfect, I agree. Also a lot of Paleo people are passionate and relentless in helping themselves out. Some people need the help of others for motivation, teaching or just guidance. That's why personal trainers exist, Crossfit, personal cooks, etc... Also some people dont have the time to figure it out and will gladly exchange some money to save the time of figuring it all out

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on August 27, 2010
at 07:54 PM

If I sell you anything, it will $1,000/month -- just kidding. I have a few things up my sleeve, but I think you can tell that I am NOT making a huge effort to monetize the Paleo space (nothing wrong with that BTW).

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on August 27, 2010
at 07:12 PM

PS I own his book. I intended my answer to be a form of qualified praise.

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on August 27, 2010
at 07:07 PM

Nothing else Mark Sisson has done has bothered me. I think he's smart, and he's energetic, and he seems like a great guy. It was just that one thing. Just a little off to me somehow.

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on August 27, 2010
at 06:41 PM

No one was forced to buy his book, on that day or any other. The people that bought the book were going to buy it anyway. He clearly orchestrated this to try to make some waves, but so what? There's nothing wrong a little self-promotion in trying to make a living...

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:24 PM

Yeah, why would you buy meat, if you can just spear it ... right in the pasture of your neighbor farmer?

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:11 PM

BUY Wild Meat :)

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:05 PM

I Africa, cowry shells have actually for a long time been used as a currency. So not on trees, but in the see!

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:03 PM

I really agree!

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on August 27, 2010
at 02:03 PM

I was very impressed by an article about Art Devany in a London newspaper and that his age is close to mine (he is 73) and seems very fit and has followed his own program for many years. I couldn't find much on the website without ponying up $39, so I did. I have been disappointed in the content. The focus seems to be mostly exercise. The diet very balanced low carb. This site is more fun and easier to navigate. doris

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on August 27, 2010
at 01:04 PM

how is Devany's website, btw? I have long wondered if their is worth in paying for it. Im not chiming in on this thread (sometimes I'll pay for things, sometimes i wont), just wondering since I think Devany has been in the paleo community for ages. thanks

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on August 27, 2010
at 09:22 AM

It *is* a market economy, isn't it. ;)

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on August 27, 2010
at 08:45 AM

+1. The market decides.

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A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on August 27, 2010
at 08:36 AM

I was 10 years old when my mother said something I've never forgotten. We were shopping and I asked her why she picked up the more expensive brand of an item. She said, "I pay money for quality." Basically, you get what you pay for (ideally - provided all the relevant information is available to you).

Also, I should mention that both of my parents are educators. My mother taught at a private elementary school and my father teaches MBAs and PhDs at an expensive business school. I've been taught that quality knowledge is valuable and is worth my time and money.

I recognize that I have a bias; but, I'm definitely of the camp that says, "I'm willing to give a little of my resources (time or money or both) to get something of quality." Fair exchange for quality information, ya know? I certainly run away screaming when I smell consumerism lurking in the dark (but flashy) corners of the interwebs; but if I deem something worth a monetary value, I'll happily pay.

That said, is going to a Crossfit gym worth the monthly fee? Or can I get a similar benefit following the Primal Blueprint Workout Plan? I guess it depends on my goals. And in the paleo community, there surely is a wide range of fitness goals!!

Some paleo people will gladly pay the membership fee for Art Devany's website or buy some articles over at Performance Menu. Others are content with simply listening to podcasts and watching videos (both of which have a price of time).

Bottom line: only you can determine the value of something to your own life.

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on August 27, 2010
at 10:43 PM

Perfect, I agree. Also a lot of Paleo people are passionate and relentless in helping themselves out. Some people need the help of others for motivation, teaching or just guidance. That's why personal trainers exist, Crossfit, personal cooks, etc... Also some people dont have the time to figure it out and will gladly exchange some money to save the time of figuring it all out

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(15976)

on August 27, 2010
at 01:04 PM

how is Devany's website, btw? I have long wondered if their is worth in paying for it. Im not chiming in on this thread (sometimes I'll pay for things, sometimes i wont), just wondering since I think Devany has been in the paleo community for ages. thanks

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on August 27, 2010
at 02:03 PM

I was very impressed by an article about Art Devany in a London newspaper and that his age is close to mine (he is 73) and seems very fit and has followed his own program for many years. I couldn't find much on the website without ponying up $39, so I did. I have been disappointed in the content. The focus seems to be mostly exercise. The diet very balanced low carb. This site is more fun and easier to navigate. doris

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on August 27, 2010
at 09:22 AM

It *is* a market economy, isn't it. ;)

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on August 27, 2010
at 08:45 AM

+1. The market decides.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:02 PM

Word Gilliebean! Whether you are spending time, money, or attention, you are SPENDING. The producer of content is not a nameless machine. If he or she is providing you with something of value, that you are willing to SPEND money, time, or attention on, you are participating in mutually beneficial relationship. If someone is selling crap products or over-hyped "secrets", however, there is no reason to support their efforts.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:54 PM

I enjoy DeVany's site and will continue to be a subscriber. I look at it as though I pay him to filter thru all the clutter and bring my attention to the important or interesting research/articles/etc.

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on August 27, 2010
at 12:05 PM

We got used to the idea that knowledge is not that valuable. Which is quite surprising in a country that requires obscene money to get higher education. I am a teacher, daughter of a teacher... I have a huge value for knowledge. On one hand I believe it should be easily available and for free, that's why I am such a fan of internet. On the other hand, people who make knowledge their profession need to live.

I don't have the time to do all research by myself. I am glad there are people who made it their regular, daily job. They read, they learn, they provide knowledge for me. I pay in variety of ways - sometimes it's the satisfaction of being read (many blogs), for some it's enough the ads they place on blogs to support themselves. For some it's a full blown business. In a way it's a dream job - you can live and support yourself on something you love and you are passionate about! What can be better than that? The line I draw? Never block particular knowledge completely from people who can't afford it. Knowledge and education is not for rich elites. But if you want to fence some branch or particular way of processing/offering the knowledge - it's your choice. If I don't like blogger/writer X b/c s/he wants me to pay brazillion $ for the knowledge - I know I can go somewhere else, I can go to a library, do the research by myself, the options are out there, just might be more difficult.

So like Sisson's new leap thing - if there are people who want to pay for nicely put together, digested and organized knowledge - hey, good for them. BUT Sisson also provides TONS of material for free, and someone put a lot of work into these. And I am quite grateful for that. People need to live and support themselves. And if they sell good, solid and high quality products, even if these products is knowledge - good for them. I only hate crooks and people who cut corners, misguide and abuse people.

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on August 27, 2010
at 04:50 PM

As a professional writer (not in the paleosphere), I get a little grumpy when people suggest that the stuff I put hours into pulling together and creating, stuff that's drawn from and curated by years of experience, should be "free". The collecting and intelligent presentation of information has a great deal of value. Put another way... I don't know how much money Mark Sisson is making off the Primal thing, but he deserves every penny.

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on August 28, 2010
at 06:26 AM

"The abridged audio book of The Primal Blueprint will be sold separately soon". Maybe an audio book of The Primal Cookbook will follow in a month or too. I'm worried that this might transcend into 234324 billions paleo products and in a way killing the community which is, for the most part, fueled by enthusiasm (of various bloggers).

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on August 28, 2010
at 12:41 AM

Anyhow I think Mark Sisson deserves the money he makes. But there are certain *gestures* that can come off the wrong way. I'm sure there's some point for all of us at which money-making crosses the line into in appropriate -- but we all might see that line in a different place.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on August 28, 2010
at 12:38 AM

John R: I also write for money. But the tricky thing about the internet is that lots of people will look at things *that they would not have paid money for otherwise*. So you can't always feel injustice if people are clamoring to get something for free -- if the internet hadn't been there in the first place then maybe they never would have heard of you anyway. So I think then you get a lot of gray area, where people have different intuitions about what is appropriate and what isn't. As evidenced by the different reactions on this thread.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on August 28, 2010
at 12:41 AM

Anyhow I think Mark Sisson deserves the money he makes. But there are certain gestures that can come off the wrong way. I'm sure there's some point for all of us at which money-making crosses the line into inappropriate -- but we all might see that line in a different place.

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:03 PM

I really agree!

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on August 27, 2010
at 02:14 PM

After reading Kurt Harris PaNu blog for about a week or so, I was impressed enough to send a donation that was about the amount that I would be willing to pay for a hard cover book by him. He doesn't solicit donations, but makes it easy to give one. I've been very happy with that choice. I find the forum very intelligent also. I wish Dr. Harris would blog more often, but understand why he does not. (he is very careful about what the writes and has other commitments). As mentioned above in a comment, I regret paying a membership fee to read the Art DeVany material. As I swing through the trees of blogs that are in the paleo forest, I keep coming back to this one for the helpful community of hairless apes. I like the idea of having an option to donate.

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on August 27, 2010
at 12:00 PM

I dislike seeing them charge for things that are easily available for free.

Charging people to explain to them, Dont eat poison, Eat Whole Real Food.

Telling people that things they did not know was poison, may be making them sick.

All this should be free, and is.

That being said. People need to pay the bills. I do not agree with the rates, I havent found anyone I deem worthy of my money simply for their advice.

I do agree that a Hardcopy is worth paying for with worthful information... but Ebooks? gimme a break.

Supplements I just personally disagree with, because people should be changing their diet, not patching the holes.

Conventions, Campouts etc. if they will pay... go for it. Some of those are great fun. I wont pay $750 for a weekend personally... but if you have the money and want to. enjoy.

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on August 28, 2010
at 06:19 AM

Co-signed bro, co-signed. And as supplements I mean people releasing their own mixture of supplements.

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on August 27, 2010
at 10:55 PM

That's actually where Id like to get into for a profession. Curing people of generalized anxiety disorder, Bipolar, OCD, depression, etc.. through Paleo living, Paleo diet but I also believe that certain supplements are in order as a lot of times these peoples bodies are so out of whack that they cant rebalance themselves. I saw that Robb Wolf today on Facebook said that he plans on making a cert program for Paleo diet and this would be a big help so someone could teach Paleo but the cert would also let them work with the high quality private supplement manufactures.

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on August 27, 2010
at 10:50 PM

I agree with you that diet is number 1 but if people have an actual disorder supplements can be a big help. Im 95% + organic Paleo (with exercise, sunshine, dark room, etc..) and I still need to take certain supplements. Better than popping pharmaceuticals...

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:06 PM

If "their own mixture of supplements" is a legitimately improved product, why not? I have a hard time shopping for supplements at Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, etc. that are not also (ironically yet predictably) full of toxic crap. If someone helps me to make a better choice at a fair price, what's the problem?

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Personally, I've never payed, except for hardcopy books. But I think there is something else playing here: people want to buy things.

Barefoot running is better? Yeah, I will buy me some Vibram Five Fingers!

Bodyweight exercises are great, you don't need machines? Yeah, I'll go to the shop to get me a trendy fitness shirt (that breathes!)!

Living the primal bluepring way is easy, and all the information you need is free on Marks website? Great, let me by the primal leap thing.

You know what I mean, I guess. People like buying stuff.

And there's no problem if they buy the stuff that works.

Let me say I really, really appreciate all the free advice/services/... all of the bloggers and people in the paleo-sphere have done so far. And I have no problem if somebody wants to make an honest living out of this. As long as the product/service is good and honest. That's why I like Mark Sisson, and why I think Art De Vany still is cool even if he charges some money.

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:24 PM

Yeah, why would you buy meat, if you can just spear it ... right in the pasture of your neighbor farmer?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:11 PM

BUY Wild Meat :)

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154bf5c84f7bd9f52b361b45d05dbc3a

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on September 30, 2010
at 10:22 AM

I make part of my income through internet marketing and part through teaching and mentoring and I have no problem with people charging for information. There are several reasons for this.

First of all I would say that learning and knowledge are incredibly valuable to me. I've spent thousands on education and educational resources of different kinds. It helps me grow and become a better person, and once it's in my head no one can ever take it away from me.

Other people happily spend thousands on cars, televisions, jewelry etc. Which to me are just things. But if that's what people want to do who am I to judge?

As someone else pointed out, people ascribe more value (right or wrong) to things that cost more. The fact is that in some spheres the sources of information that require payment are more popular than the free ones, which are just as good, sometimes better. It's a weird part of human psychology. In a way it can be better for the 'paleo-cause' to charge for it because it increases its perceived value.

For some people there is an element of guilt in charging for information they believe can make the world a better place. I've experienced this myself with some of the products I sell online. But why should I feel guilty when so many people in this world make their living producing and selling garbage, war or poison?

As far as I'm concerned every cent that someone spends on one of my information products is a cent less for them to spend on something else.

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on August 27, 2010
at 03:23 PM

I think Yoannah offca is right on in the distinction made about Mark Sisson: whenever he charges money he's not withholding any particular bits of knowledge, just offering an additional service. And it's true, everyone needs to make a living. But there was one thing Sisson did that rubbed me the wrong way. On March 17th of this year he tried to get as many of us as possible to buy his book from Amazon, to get it to #1 on their sales chart. He rallied the support of a lot of other troops in the paleosphere: Dr. Harris, Jimmy Moore and a number of others posted that day to encourage us to help Mark on his mission. Well, the mission was basically a success; the book made it to #2. And I'll bet that because of that a lot of people found out about paleo. But you would think that because Mark was asking for our help with the paleo cause that he would find some way to give the proceeds of that day's sales back to the cause, somehow or other. But as far as I know it was business as usual, and that money went right back into Mark's business. I know this is a judgment thing and there could easily be a way to justify what he did, but my judgment tells me that the line was crossed.

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on August 27, 2010
at 07:12 PM

PS I own his book. I intended my answer to be a form of qualified praise.

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on August 27, 2010
at 06:41 PM

No one was forced to buy his book, on that day or any other. The people that bought the book were going to buy it anyway. He clearly orchestrated this to try to make some waves, but so what? There's nothing wrong a little self-promotion in trying to make a living...

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on August 27, 2010
at 07:07 PM

Nothing else Mark Sisson has done has bothered me. I think he's smart, and he's energetic, and he seems like a great guy. It was just that one thing. Just a little off to me somehow.

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on August 27, 2010
at 01:11 PM

I won't pay for anything that isn't either a fully written book or a forum that is particularly helpful. I understand that a lot of bloggers treat it like a full-time job, especially the already-professional-writer bloggers, but I think it's unreasonable to charge for content when a lot can be made via adverts. If they want to charge for an ad-free version of the site, that's fine, but anything else seems greedy to me.

I disagree about the ebooks though, I much prefer them. My friends and family are scattered all over the world, so lending books becomes almost impossible unless they're digital. (I know, I know, "pirating" and whatnot) But I'll only share a book with someone who either absolutely cannot afford buying it on their own; or people that would never have shown the slightest initiative in buying it themselves. The "can't be bothered" type people.

Also, you can do a text search mid-conversation in the hard-copy books :) It cuts down on the , "Oh I read it in a book..." or "I think that's what it said, something like that, I'm not positive..." Nowadays I won't really take someone's word for something unless they can show me the reference, smart-phones and e-readers (yay iPad :) make this a lot easier.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:09 PM

The idea that "a lot can be made via adverts" is seriously wrong. Believe me. I, for one, invest a part-time jobs worth of time into my blog and still have to work full-time (and then some) to support myself. Blog/web advertisements are NOT a cash-cow (they aren't even a cash cow-fetus). Offering paid services (tele-coaching), packages of content (vidoe, e-book, etc.), is the equivalent of a farmer selling direct to the customer, they get a fair price for a hard days work.

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on September 22, 2011
at 06:10 PM

The idea that "a lot can be made via adverts" is seriously wrong. Believe me. I, for one, invest a part-time jobs worth of time into my blog and still have to work full-time (and then some) to support myself. Blog/web advertisements are NOT a cash-cow (they aren't even a cash cow-fetus). Offering paid services (tele-coaching), packages of content (videos, e-books, etc.), and workshops/seminars, is the equivalent of a farmer selling direct to the customer, they get a fair price for a hard days work.

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on August 28, 2010
at 04:15 AM

I don't have a problem with any price asked as long as the marketer is honest and up front about what is being offered and likely benefits that will be derived. The problem with some sites is they want you to pay money, but you are not sure what you will get if you pay. So it's hard to decide, and if you pay and don't get what you expected, you feel ripped off. This I think is either poor organization or a scam, depending on the motivation of the person who perpetrated it. However, I have no problem with someone who wants to charge a lot. IF someone wants to pay that, then that is their affair. Let the market decide but just don't lie or decieve about what you are actually offering. I don't like it when sites or people say they have some kinda secret golden answer to your life's problems, but in order to really get a clue, you will need to pay. This is an age old scam and I think it's wrong and manipulative. But if someone wants to get on the net and say, 'Hey look, I have compiled a list of tasty paleo recipes or good primal workouts, or step by step knowledge about paleo for those who want it spoon fed,' I have no issues with that. I have no issues as long as they don't try to make it out like they have some kind of secret special knowledge that is, in actuality, not at all secret or special. Then that's just lieing.

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on August 27, 2010
at 09:00 AM

When you throw all your money at some guru, your going to be more likely to believe what they say because you don't want to know that you wasted your money. I'm not saying the paleo community is overrun with typical guru type people, just there are some of that in every diet.

If you want to know a lot you can buy a lot of books or pay to read all the medical journals you have time for. Personally reading medical journals is like watching paint dry, lol...I haven't paid for anything but I still can learn a lot by reading people's blogs. Does that make me an expert, no, I don't think so.

I read things I already know, I read things I disagree with, but I'm still learning. But what I think is the amount of money you pay or time you spend at some conference doesn't make you the wisest person in the world.

And having a blog means you're just one of the loudest. Some smart people aren't the blogging type. I'm not bashing bloggers, I'm actually going to start my own food/health blog pretty soon.

Anyway, as I like to say now: "If only we bought stuff with pistachio shells, then money would actually grow on trees".

:-P

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on August 27, 2010
at 05:05 PM

I Africa, cowry shells have actually for a long time been used as a currency. So not on trees, but in the see!

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on August 28, 2010
at 07:21 AM

I was going to say something similar. Some people need to spend money in order to be responsible or take action. Someone else needs to be there to collect it from them. A lot of the people collecting it deserve it. They're sifting through lots of research so the paying person can read the cliff notes.

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Working as a personal trainer, I have experienced COUNTLESS situations where I give free advice and it falls on deaf ears. I wasted my time and the person wasted the opportunity to do something for their fitness, diet, health, life, etc. However, once money is exchanged, people take notice, and there is a HUGE increase in the chance that they will take action, and actually get results. Often, "free" is costly, and "costly" is cheap.

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on September 22, 2011
at 09:16 PM

I think the linux vs. Windows debate would apply here. It just depends on how much work one wants to invest. I see paleohacks as the open source version, and if someone wants to come up with a marketable ultra-convenient commercial version, and people are willing to pay for it, so what, they will still benefit, and the concept as a whole will become more popular.

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on September 22, 2011
at 03:33 PM

Whilst I understand your concern I would like to point out that understanding all things Paleo is no mean feat. It is as you are aware, a very in depth technical subject to understand fully the therefore's and why's around what you are supposed to do and not to do, especially when faced with a dilemma over choosing the right food initially. I believe I am no alone in that in the beginning, I new nothing about Paleo dietary principles, it was only after paying a medical professional a fair sum of money that set us on the road to where we are today. That is extremely interested, moderately educated (at considerable cost) and keen to not only learn more but also to teach what we have learned.

Now not everyone wanting a real solution to their weight management issue will be of this opinion. In fact most just want to be told what to do and what to eat, not giving a damn about why or the science. It also goes without saying that to become sufficiently educated about Palaeolithic principles and the science behind it, in order to educate others takes a considerable amount of time and effort.

Therefore I think it only reasonable that anyone requesting a service or information should expect to pay a fee. After all how did all the big names in the game get to be where they are if they didn't do exactly this.

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on September 30, 2010
at 12:56 AM

+1 on market decides :)

If you think you can give away for free what someone else is charging for then do it, you will start earning social and attention capital which you can then use to spread the word, or do whatever it is you wish to do in life like plug your love of minimalist living, etc.

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