Streamate got back to me and had this to say for themselves regarding pricing. I had to send them two emails as obviously the first one in which I said I was a model based in the UK wasn't clear enough...
My first email:
I am an aspiring webcam model in the UK and I was wondering about the
pay rates you offer. I couldn't find any specific figures on your
site so would really appreciate being redirected if I have missed
I would like to know how much your models make per minute, per
customer in the various chat settings and what the percentage they
take home is.
I would also like confirmation of what payment methods you offer.
I'm really interested in signing up so thank you for your time.
Thank you for your interest in Streamate.
Where are you located so I can verify that we can accommodate your
account? Also, are you applying as an individual or as part of a
So I basically sent them a repeat of my first email:
I am based in the UK and I would be applying as an individual.
Their response was this:
Thank you for your message.
As an individual performer, you are able to determine your own per
minute pricing between .99 and 4.99/min. You earn 35% of what you bill.
We offer payments by check, wire transfer and Payoneer.
Hope this helps! Let me know if we can be of any further assistance.
So it's a 35% take home between those two prices. Now remember you will have two tiers, one for non exclusive chats and one for true private chats. I know this because Internet Modelling uses Streamate software to run livecam.com. You will also have to bear in mind what the other girls are charging. If lots of girls are charging $2.99 as an average price then you won't be able to successfully charge them $4.99 as a newbie necessarily because they can get similar girls cheaper elsewhere on the site.
On Streamate you can essentially make between 34 cents and $1.74 a minute depending on your pricing. If you are successful on the top tier pricing then that isn't too bad but 35% doesn't feel like a great percentage, especially if the reality is that you will be working on a much lower price than $4.99. $1.74 per minute is not the worst price we have seen by far though it is just unlikely anyone but the porn stars on Streamate are charging this much. Unfortunately you have to part with credit card details to see what the girls are charging so you will have no clue unless you join Streamate as a member.
Also just another little site niggle that I have found. I'm not sure what browsers you all use, but I use Firefox and an add on for this called Adblock Plus. This essentially removes all ads from the sites I visit, but leaves the content intact. If you are running ad blocking software while trying to view Streamate it looks like this:
You can't see any videos or content and the site looks terrible. I had to talk to Streamate's live support to work this out because my adblocking add on does not have this effect on any other video streaming site. It made me think that as most people, especially computer nerd guys, have abandoned internet explorer for more customisable web browsers they may not be able to view streamate because of their adblocking preferences. People may think the site is broken when it isn't if they dont contact support or leap to the conclusion its their ad blocking software.
I'm a fairly bright girl and the last thing I would have assumed was that my adblocking add on was the problem as it literally disabled the layout of the entire site. As soon as I turned it off though the site was absolutely fine and I could see the home page as normal. Just something to think about although the site does have good traffic and is considered one of the major players.
I personally don't think the pay rates are going to be great here but that's about the most information I can get without handing out all my credit card details. It could be good if the top tier rates are what most performers use, but I highly doubt you will end up making over $1 a minute there. It also means if you sign up with them you only get 35% of your tips too.
They certainly aren't the worst site I've blogged about but they seem far from the best so really it's a judgement call. I'm still waiting to find a site based mostly on private shows that gives a good percentage for a good price. Streamate isn't it.
One final thing I will also mention that applies to their customers more than it does to us as models, but still... Streamate have been accused of credit card fraud and skimming money from customer accounts. Seems very sleazy so not sure if anyone would want to be with a potentially fraudulent and dishonest company. I can't vouch for the source but here is the article if you are interested. I found it while trawling for info on the company. View it here.
If you are a Streamate model and care to share you experiences or disagree with me please do so! Would love to hear from someone who has experience with them. If you have any sites you want me to look in to or any hot tips please leave a comment, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me at @LondonCamgirl. I will be sure to give you a shout out. You guys are the reason I keep trawling the web for the Holy Grail of Camgirl Sites!
Much love and peace to you all and I hope you are enjoying your summer!