Patreon’s Lowering Fees (Reason For Banning Adult?)


Patreon Announces Reduced Fees (New Payment Processor?)

Patreon has announced that they’ll be reducing the fees of all artists starting on December 18th, 2017. They announced this in an email to Patreon subscribers, and it’s easy to assume it was sent to creators as well. With the reduced fees, it’s fair to speculate that they needed to ditch anything that could be considered “High-Risk”. Whether it was in order to look good for a new payment processor or just reducing the risk of chargebacks in general.


Email Patreon Sent Out To Patrons:


Dear patron,

Your support is truly changing the lives of creators around the world. You give creators a reliable paycheck that enables them to do their best work. Thank you thank you thank you.

In order to continue our mission of funding the creative class, we’re always looking for ways to do what’s best for our creators. With that, we’re writing to tell you of a change we’re making so that all Patreon creators take home exactly 95% of every pledge, with no additional fees.

Aside from Patreon’s existing 5% fee, a creator’s income on Patreon varies because of processing fees every month. They can lose anywhere from 7-15% of their earnings to these fees. This means creators actually take home a lower percentage of your pledge than you may realize. Our goal is to make creators’ paychecks as predictable as possible, so we’re restructuring how these fees are paid.

Starting December 18th, we will apply a new service fee of 2.9% + $0.35 that patrons will pay for each individual pledge. This service fee helps keep Patreon up and running.

We want you to know that we approach every change with thoughtfulness for creators and patrons. By standardizing Patreon’s fees, we’re ensuring that creators get paid to continue creating high quality content. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please visit our FAQ here.

The Patreon team


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