Everybody has a different way of looking at the cost of upgrading. For me I find it neat that my forum posts show the fact that I am upgraded. Personally I would not upgrade on most sites because I don't trust them to stay online and usually the cost of upgrading is very large - why should I line the Admin's pockets!!! Here there may not be the chance to get active referrals, which is where you would make more money, but at least any support tickets you raise are answered within 24hrs (usually even within a couple of hours!!), I get a few more ads than a standard member, a few more chances at clixgrid, and all for a price that I can easily recover through ads, clixgrid, and completing tasks and offers!!!