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Posted on October 15, 2015 at 9:19pm Post #1
I'm wondering if you know any other businesses operating in a way similar to OpenBooks, on the "pay what/if you want" or "after you use".

I can give one example from Germany; there is a newspaper Taz, published traditionally on paper but also online on You can read all the texts online for free and without registration, but before you go to the full text, you are reminded that producing it costs money, and you have to choose from options:
1. I already pay
2. I want to start paying (there is a minimal amount of 5 euros, but you can choose if it will be monthly or every 6 months etc.)
3. I will pay later

It may work well psychologically/motivationally since you rather don't feel good with yourself when you repeatedly click on "I will pay later" and then you don't. It's worth checking out when considering different options for prompting OpenBooks' users to pay.

Unfortunately it's the only example I know for now, but maybe there are more out there?

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Ula Zarosa Team
Posted on October 23, 2015 at 4:41pm Post #794
There is a cool Polish agency called 8k and they do graphic designs in PWYW! They have a great PWYW website.

Posted on January 10, 2016 at 11:54pm Post #934
The humble bundle. Pay what you want for videogames since 10 years.

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Monika Pacyfka Tichy Team
Posted on January 12, 2016 at 7:44pm Post #935
Natalia, you and me both know place in Berlin where people eat vegan brunch and after they pay 6-12 euros. There's an info on each table that it must be avg 9 euro per capita to keep the place running, but if one can afford paying more, may do it in favor of those who can contribute less. It's also written: do not pay according to how did you like the food or how much you can eat, but how much you can afford.
This is a form of PWYW also - differing from OB by a fact there's a minimum price set. (But, if someone wanted, could sneak off without paying, there are loads of people there)
Very popular form of PWYW is tipping for service in restaurants. Food is charged, but quality of waiter's work is PWYW. On the other hand, customers know that waiters get paid anyway so there's less moral pressure.

Posted on January 13, 2016 at 4:10pm Post #936
It's true, the so called "sliding scale" is very popular in Berlin. You can pay in this way not only for a brunch, but also for some dancing or yoga classes. The point is to make these services available to people with lower incomes too. And it seems that this is really working, that people have a huge level of responsibility and that they don't have a problem with paying more if they can.