It has recently been claimed that the new price of Deviant Art is only the price of a Grande Expresso at Starbucks, a month. I will agree with that to a point. But remember it is an all or nothing proposition. You don't get them have both. And that invites the question, what else could be $50/year.
You could join the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for a year. You could get your US passport renewed and still have $20 to spend. You and 3 friends (and no BOGO coupons or could get more) could join Smithsonian, and have $2 in change. You could ALMOST join AAA if you can find $6 more, just what you need if you have an old unreliable car. There is that nice romantic movie night + popcorn (for 2) a pair of soft drinks. Or a Costco membership or maybe you just need those 14.5 TRENDA Sized Starbucks. That might even be enough to get a Seattle-ite the caffeine jitters. Bottom line, $50 can get quite a bit and that was not even trying.
But it has been $30 forever, what about the inflation? What about it? Time for Math Class, don't worry we will keep this simple for the benefit of our slower students. (BTW: my apologies to foreign readers, I am going to leave out the added complication of currency fluxions.) For simplicity sake we will just go back 10 years. Official rates can be found at www.usinflationcalculator.com/…
but in general they have been less than 5% (far less) but we'll use that to keep the numbers easy. $30 would become $49, remarkably close to DA's numbers, I will admit I am surprised. However using the real inflation numbers $30 becomes $37. You can try it yourself at www.usinflationcalculator.com/
DA would have been far better off just claiming the rate increase was the result of inflation (alleging 5% a year) over the last decade. They would have been able to fool everyone who didn't actually crunch the numbers. It would have gone a long way to defusing much of the drama over the past week.