Roxy, of Effortless Anthropologie, continues to plug away in the niche blogging market of Anthro addicts. She even has a Facebook group where Anthro fans can buy and sell to each other. But yesterday a few prospective members learned some weird news.
Longtime members, on hearing this news, were shocked. Many wanted to know what this $20 fee to join the Facebook group was all about. Roxy replied that the fee was used to pay her other admins who “help me run the group and keep it organized” and pointed people to her guidelines page.
PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A $20 FEE TO JOIN THIS GROUP. PM ME DIRECTLY (ROXY EFFORTLESS ANTHROPOLOGIE) FOR DETAILS IF YOU’D LIKE DETAILS TO SKIP THE LINE.
One member pointed out that charging membership fees for Facebook groups might be against Facebook’s TOS, to which Roxy responded “That sounds like a veiled threat to me” and reminded everyone that “No one is forced to pay”. Roxy then began justifying the fee by saying members would pay much more to sell or buy on Ebay or other services, and repeatedly saying “it takes a lot of work” to run the Facebook group.
She then began responding to those who claimed “Facebook is free” by saying “Facebook isn’t free…it supports itself through advertising”. Members then began volunteering to help admin for free – at which point Roxy did a 180.
Saying it could take up to a week to get sorted out, and told members “I obviously come from a different point of view, I’ve always felt like I should get paid for my time” before thanking those who offered to volunteer their time.
Seriously, is this a thing now? People try to charge for access to Facebook groups? When did this start happening? Does Facebook even allow this? Don’t you hate when posts end with questions?