Thanks for visiting Low End Mac (LEM), which has been online since April 1997.
I started Cobweb Publishing and began to publish LEM full-time in January 2001, when it looked like site income could easily replace my 9-to-5 job. We’ve been through several rough patches since then, some very good times, and another very rough patch in recent years and have been running a deficit in recent months.
That’s why we’re asking those who enjoy Low End Mac to support it, financially and otherwise. Here are some ways you can help support us:
Spread the Word
First, tell your Mac, iPhone, and iPad using friends what you think of Low End Mac. And if you have your own website or blog, consider adding a link to http://lowendmac.com/ If you use Facebook, Twitter, or Google +, follow us there and share our link with your friends and followers.
If you run a business and would like to buy ad space on LEM, please contact Backbeat Media.
Spread the Wealth
If you want to support our work more directly, we accept donations through PayPal, Chase QuickPay, Dwolla, and snail mail.
- PayPal is the most popular method for donating funds to Low End Mac. (If you use PayPal, we strongly recommend that you keep your password secure. Remember that your account may be directly linked to your credit card and bank account. A hijacked account can cost you dearly.) You can also sign up for a regular ongoing donation by using one of the Subscribe options below – the first is for $5/week, the second for $10/month, and the third for $50/year. PayPal charges a 30¢ transaction fee and also collects up to 2.9% of the total unless your mark your donation as a gift (which you can’t do for subscriptions). There is a small additional fee for non-US donations.
- A second option is Chase QuickPay, which requires that you have a US bank account and either a mobile phone number or a valid email address. You can send money using the Web or with the Chase Mobile iOS app (Android and Blackberry apps also available). Reference the email address (praying it won’t get spammed), and Chase will notify you when we have received your donation. And unlike PayPal, there are no fees. (You do not need to have a Chase account to use QuickPay.)
- A relatively new option is Dwolla, which is a one-to-one payment system. Money can transfer directly between Dwolla accounts, between bank accounts, and between a Dwolla account and a bank account. Money transfers in a flash (it takes 3-4 business days to move PayPal funds to your bank account). Dwolla is free for transactions under $10; there is a 25¢ fee for transactions $10 and above – a bit more than Chase, but cheaper than PayPal, which takes one-third of a $1 donation. Our Dwolla ID is 812-572-0170.
- If you prefer not to send funds electronically, you can mail donations to Cobweb Publishing, Inc, 215 Ivanhoe Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.
Please click on some of the ads and affiliate links on our site and learn more about the businesses that support Low End Mac.
If you sign up for eBay via this link, we will also receive a small fee.
Yet another way to help is through affiliate programs. If you shop through any of the following links, the vendor will recognize that your purchase came through Low End Mac and send a small fee our way.
Thank you for your support.
Dan Knight, publisher, Low End Mac