The problem with cheques in a foreign currency is they cost something stupid like $25 to cash .. And the problem with you drawing cheques in Australian dollars means that it would probably cost you something stupid like $25 to do
Would be much better to have that cash in all of our respective pockets, rather than the banks. That's also the problem with Cafepress or metacafe etc as Mrkim says .. if we were to sell a t-shirt for $15USD, I think we'd get a dollar? So that's 300 t-shirts a month to cover server costs. Just not going to happen.
Maybe we can use one of the alternatives to PayPal, or maybe they'll get off our back now we've removed the "main" link to porn613 off the site.. the problem is to find out I have to go and get ANOTHER new bank account & do the sign up crap & jump through PayPal's security hoops again to be told it's not good enough 24 hours later. We'll see what we can do.
Oh yeah, and to update DK's comment, I have now bought an apartment, and so now really need to find help to pay for the site. I've just plugged in what the server costs into a mortgage calculator, and if I put the money for the site onto my loan instead I'd save 13 years & 3 months off the loan, and $278,000 in interest
So we'll think of something, as that sounds pretty good to me.
Regarding banner ads etc, they don't work on porn613 as they're all pay per signup - it's basically impossible to even get pay per click porn ads these days let alone pay per display. And the thing with people who visit free porn sites is .. they tend not to pay for porn elsewhere.
Also, ads never really worked well on plus613. Google won't let us run adwords for the same reason as PayPal (too closely linked to the porn site), and non-porn banner ads pay even worse than the porn ones do.
We always wanted to keep plus613 100% ad free, but the costs of doing business in real life are starting to take their toll. In the last 4 years I've coughed up in the region of $10-15k USD to keep the site running. Don't get me wrong, I've never minded.. but now we're all grown up and trying to do something with our lives, the toll it's taking is starting to become very high
Thanks for all of your positive words though, and yeah we'll try and sort something out