Email with a paywall

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  1. soctal

    soctal Regular Member

    Jul 28, 2008
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    I was reading popular mechanics that had an article on this site yesterday

    With This App, You Can Charge People to Email You
    That's one way to prove your popularity
    By Scott Christian
    Getty Mike Clark
    Sure, you may have 4 million Instagram followers, and your tweets about the weather might get retweeted ad nauseam, but if you really think you're popular, there's now a better way to prove it?make people pay to email you. is a new service that allows you to charge real American dollars for the privilege of contacting you. All you have to do is open an account ( is currently in beta, but anyone can join) and then give that out as your email address. When someone emails you, they will be asked to cough up whatever amount you decide (minimum is $0.99, but there's no maximum), and then their email will be forwarded to your primary address.
    While at first blush it may seem a little over the top to charge people to email you, there are some foreseeable benefits. Rather than having to rely on a network of people to get to someone important, for instance, you could just use cash. Sort of like bribing your way past the virtual bouncer. And if you're someone like Taylor Swift, you could conceivably charge an exorbitant fee and then donate that money to solve the world's problems. There's actually a feature for this. You can either have the money deposited into a Stripe account (for a 2.9% fee plus $0.30), or you can choose to donate the money to Watsi, a nonprofit healthcare platform.
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    But if you do choose to make a living off of your popularity, keep in mind that you'll either need to charge a lot per email or have a lot of people who really really want to email you. charges a 5% fee for every transaction and, with Stripe's fee on top of that, if you decide to go with $0.99 per email, that translates to a mere $0.61 profit. Still, may just be worth the cost to prevent all those spam e-mails you've been swearing to yourself you'd unsubscribe from since last year.
    [H/T Daily Dot]
    From: Esquire