I agree with the other two Cuties. Many free designs don't appeal to me anymore and I don't download them "just because they are free".
Not only have some sites initiated "free membership clubs" other sites that offer free alphabets are now skipping letters. Originally it may have been only one letter skipped, now it is all vowels, every other letter, or a handful.
I previously, as well as currently, have a purchased annual membership. I appreciated the free designs I collected and had a desire to continue to support the site. However, I am not sure I will continue with the membership--not because of quality but because the designs being offered in the club have become less desirable to me
It's just a way to say, free, but not really free. They can forget me. Free designs were originally a way to build your customer base and the "count" of people who come to your site each day, improving your value to advertisers and the price you could demand from advertisers.
What a great reply