Running a website isn't free and there are costs that go into both the backend and frontend of the website. Things like our dedicated server, domain, software, etc. It currently costs approximately $500 (495.89) annually to run GASR and all of its features. We could easily support this cost and more by adding off-site advertisements, but we do not want to run them for registered members so that you guys can fully enjoy your experience here on GASR without that headache. It may not seem like it, but every little bit helps!
All donations will be used as we see fit to preserve our platform. As a sign of our gratitude, we'll give you a gold "contributor" badge on your profile after you send in a minimum donation amount of at least $5 or more. You can also support us by purchasing our Elite membership that starts as low as $5 on a monthly cycle. GASR no longer relies directly on donations due to the generous support you guys provide via store related purchases, Elite included, and we hope to continue this trend and avoid having to turn to off-site advertisement revenue.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Why can't we donate credits anymore?
Due to the removal of resellers, IMVU credits aren't as popular of a currency as they used to be. We would always be sitting on a large pile of credits with nothing to do with them besides give them out as event prizes. However, because of IMVU's credit limits, we were only allowed to send roughly 35,000 credits per month. This made it increasingly hard to send out credit prizes as we would sometimes have to wait a month to send full or partial payouts. As of January 2018, IMVU has imposed an even stricter credit sending limit, rendering credit payouts near useless on a non-creator account. We will still accept credit donations, however, the minimum donation limit has been significantly raised. If you wish to donate credits, you can do so by clicking here.
Q: How do you keep track of the donations?
All donations made on GASR will be logged via invoice. You will also have a copy of your donation invoice logged to your account on your manage purchases page.
Q: What exactly are the donation funds used for?
We use all of our donated funds for the preservation of GASR and its platform. This can include a multitude of things such as website costs, supplies, official/licensed artwork and merchandise, event prizes, contractor fees, etc.
Q: What happens if I don't donate? Will I be treated differently?
Nothing will happen. Donating will not grant you special treatment and not donating will bare no negative affect on you or your account here on GASR. Donating has never been a requirement and we will never charge users a premium to access basic website functions and features that would deter your experience on GASR without them.
Q: How do I know you aren't just spending the donations on personal expenses?
There is no way for us to answer this and give you 100% doubt that the funds are being used for personal expenses. We can't livefeed our financials and this is just something you're going to have to take our word for. As we listed above, it takes a pretty hefty sum of money to keep the website running annually, and we are constantly adding new items, marketplaces, and features that cost money to acquire, maintain, or license. There's no room for mishandling funds. We hope our clean record for our nearly 6 years of operation is enough to earn your trust, however, if you feel like your funds will not be put to good use, then by all means feel free to continue using GASR as normal without feeling like you need to contribute financially.