TroveStar has been free to use for a long time, paid for mostly out of pocket by the admins. We intend to keep it that way. However, as our user base expands with larger collections, so do our operating costs. We haven't asked for much, just what you, dear user, think is fair to donate.
But it does not cover the bills. Keeping up a secure, reliable website is difficult and expensive, especially with the increased need for cybersecurity to deal with all the bad internet actors.
By contributing to TroveStar, you are supporting our ability to keep the website secure, reliable, and updated with new information as it becomes available.
We will also be introducing advertising on a very limited scale to cover some of our costs, but we intend to keep the advertising limited to tasteful, relevant ads that inform our users of new products and services that are of interest. There will be no popups or links to scam sites, but rather, carefully curated and monitored direct links to manufacturers and retailers that may have news to share with you.
That being said, if we are picky about who and what we advertise, we will not make much money doing so. As result, we will depend on your donations to close the gap and keep the website operating. Please, consider subscribing or donating regularly so we can keep this service we love to provide to you afloat.
Just $2 per month can make a huge difference to us and guarantee that we have the resources to keep this website online. Donate with PayPal or Patreon. You can now set up and earn a free coffee mug with a Patreon Subscription.