How to Save
Price Per Minute vs. Buying Blocks
Before entering your credit card, check if the webcam site offers pricing per-minute or as an all-in block cost. Some live cam sites use a block price - you pay for a full hour for a discounted price. For example, ImLive the cost is between $0.98- $5.80 for credits and some hosts will offer discount codes as well. You can sometimes also pay in blocks of 10 minutes or more for webcam videos. However, the most common way to calculate payments on adult webcams is "by the minute". Notice that paying in blocks can be cheaper per minute, but you need to use the full block at once, so you might not really save a lot of money if you don’t use all your time at once.
What Are Credits and What Are Tokens?
Surprisingly, they are exactly the same – just different names for types of cyber currency used to pay for live video chats. DO NOT BE CONFUSED – one credit or a token do not necessarily equal a dollar. They can be worth more or less, depending on each site. Knowing the value of the credit/token in advance might be a bit of a headache to calculate, but it will help you save a lot of money by knowing your budget.
New Hosts Charge Less
When a host is new to a chat site, she normally starts out with a low price, regardless of how good her show is. This is done so the host can gain popularity and attract regular chatters. Many websites restrict new models from charging more than a fixed rate when they just start performing on the site.
Almost all adult cam sites, and certainly all the better ones, offer video chat promotions. These can include anything from Summer Discount Promotion to Happy Hour fees. Some of the promotions you can find in the review pages let you have full access to live adult shows, pictures, video content, and all many other features for free. Some sites may award you with bonus credit when you make a purchase, free VIP membership and even the opportunity to win your money back. 9 times out of 10 there is no hidden catch with any of these promotions, but the only thing you should be aware of is reoccurring fees on the pay-monthly sites. Remember, cancel your membership if you no longer use it because otherwise the payments just continue.
Use the Free Membership
Another good way to save cash on adult webcams is to make use of their Free Trial Memberships. I always recommend you first try sites that offer free membership and free live chat, because this gives you a better insider’s view. This way you get to test the video quality, the connection speed, and also to get handy with their features without wasting any money.
Use the Free Chat
Another trick of the trade is to know that certain sites allow you to have limited video chat as soon as you go in free of charge. Not all sites allow this, and the ones that do vary in the amount of time they give you to watch for free. Make sure you find out their time limit before you start. Almost all sites will let you chat for free once you are a member. A free chat room is a good way for you to choose a website or a cam model completely for free, which in the long run, might save a lot of money on live webcams.
Become a Fan
First, I should make one thing very clear: Becoming a fan costs money. However, it also includes certain benefits, such as special discounts, which can help outweigh the cost and even leave some to spare. This is only true to users who spend a long time on the same video chat room. If you watch a different host every time you log on, then the cost is not worth it. Not all websites offer this option, but a good example is Cams.com, which indeed has Fan Clubs that include a fixed live show discount.
Remain Loyal to One Video Chat Site
This is especially true concerning ImLive.com, because this webcam site is all about rewarding users for being loyal. Members who keep purchasing credit receive additional benefits over time, without having to ask or enter some bogus raffle. You just go about your business and low and behold, more discounts, vouchers, and freebees appear in your account.
Group Shows vs. Private Webcam Chats
One of the easiest methods to lowering chat cost is to enter group shows instead of private shows. As a rule of thumb, group video chat rooms are cheaper than 1on1 shows. This makes sense since you are essentially "sharing" the live webcam with other members, and hence split the cost. There are many names for these sessions - group cam shows, showtime, party chat, etc. Whatever the name, these sessions tend to be significantly cheaper, so use them when you have a limited budget.
Compare Costs of Various Chat Rooms
Now look here: You may have read all my adult webcam reviews and now think that you're Mr. know-it-all and you feel that you no longer need to look through different chat room prices. However, a smart webcam shopper should always scout the options and compare costs of different private chats before committing. You may be surprised to discover that on a specific website there are hosts that charge significantly less than what you are paying and with a quick check you will have a better estimate and can pick the better options.
Use Users’ Comment to Pick a Host
Every user wants to spot a good live show, but too many spend time, and more importantly money, on chitchatting with the host on private chat. This means you are paying money just to see if you should pay money. And this, my friends, is a silly notion in all regards. A far better way of recognizing quality webcams is the free chat option and if that isn't available then the next best thing are the comments left by other chatters. Not all sites have this, but the ones with user ratings make it much easier for you to make your decision, and without having to pay. 9 times out of 10 the comments left in the hosts profile will give you an accurate opinion of the webcam shows. The same is true for awards received and ratings.