When Art DeVany's website started charging, I jumped ship (even though Art was one of my earliest influences). What do you think of paleo membership sites in general, with respect to benefit and cost, in comparison to the abundant free sites?
Now I see that Jack Kruse is charging, with a tiered plans ranging from "Kruse Karnivore" to "Kruse Kruisers", ranging up to $248 per month. Is anybody going to join from here? And no, I'm not making those names up. And yes, I'm aware that most neurosurgeons make close to a cool million a year already. Good old Quilt, where did his love for free information go?
What strikes me as interesting is this: Jack appeared to have used paleohacks to gain a foothold into the paleosphere, and after transferring his audience to MDA and his blog, now regularly ridicules paleohacks because people have been critical of his citations, logic, etc. He has also ridiculed almost all the moderators on this site at least once, along with anyone who questions his ideas.
Also, he has said about a hundred times that he doesn't charge or have ads, and has implied that this nobility was rare in the paleosphere. These aren't even the best quotes, but they'll do for now.
"See Patrik this is where you are wrong.......there is no duty i have to you or anyone else. That perception is yours and the other lackies you have here...Here on the net I am not your doctor or anyone elses. You are not paying me and I dont give you advice. I give ideas and thoughts without a doctor patient relationship. There is a big difference."
"Im not selling my cure for obesity.....im open sourcing it."
So let's talk costs and benefits of paying for paleo info in general. And this doesn't mean paying someone like Chris Kresser for a visit or consultation. This means membership sites. Personally, I don't get it. Is this like practicing medicine over the internet, which has been decried by Kurt Harris and Emily Deans?
Paleo is awesome because the information is free from hundreds of awesome researchers. I mean, you've got Guyenet, Harris, Masterjohn writing some damn clear information to get ideas flowing. Am I missing something? I'm actually afraid that someone first intro to paleo might be through Kruse and his ummm...unorthodox ideas and Kruse Klub Karnivores membership site.
4/9/12 EDIT: It appears that Quilt has quite the entrepreneurial spirit! As Paula mentions above, he's endorsing Bulletproof coffee. He also seems to have struck a deal with Nutiva coconut oil and manna. He's mentioned two books he has in the works, as well as a revised cookbook. He's developing his own compression shirts for people to wear when they're freezing their nuts off . . . err, practicing cold thermogenesis. And he's offering a new "Consultation Package" (Konsultation Package?) for $299 for the first month and $149 for each subsequent month. Oh, and I almost forgot that he's soliciting suggestions for t-shirt ideas (e.g., "If you don't know Optimal, you don't know Jack!") from members of his forum. It's been a busy few weeks for the irrepressible Dr. Kruse. Between his full-time neurosurgery practice, maintenance of his blog and Facebook pages, and daily ice baths, you'd think he wouldn't have time for much else. I'm interested to hear from anyone who has signed up as a paid subscriber on Quilt's site. Worth the money?