If you had an online product that filled a significant nitch, would you let members use your site for free instead of following through on a paid model?
Inline with this question, assume that this site did 80-90% of what similar paid sites did whom charged considerable money to use their services. And that eventually you could make up the 10-20% difference. It was an interesting question posed to me and I thought I would ask the larger audience here to help me think this out.
Interesting aspect of this is that I would essentially be giving away the goods for free and would drive a lot of traffic to my site. Plus the large paid sites would probably not appreciate that a smaller company was giving key features away for free. I would say this very comparable to Mint and Quicken. One is free and one is not, but offer similar services.