As an experiment, Marisa and I lowered the download credit cost of kits a while back. Since then, we've decided that the pricing is a bit too low: some kits have end up costing fewer download credits than some individual items to download, which doesn't seem right! The other issue is that kit file sizes are generally quite large, and we've been serving more downloads than we can sustain, given the number of donations we've received.
Because of the large file sizes and the cost of bandwidth and storage space, the idea behind full kit downloads has always been that they are a kind of "bonus", or "thank you" for people who donate: others are free to download kit items individually as they become available, which is less of a strain on our resources. Almost ALL kit items show up on the site for individual download at some point, so even people who never donate can effectively download entire kits for free over the course of several days using their free credits.
All this is to say that we will be raising the number of download credits required to download kits. Kits will still be offered at a substantial download credit discount of 50% (so downloading a kit will require approximately half the number of download credits it would take to download all the kit items individually). We are also considering reserving full kit downloads for people who have helped support the site by donating. (You can donate now by visiting our donation page, if you'd like. For as little as $5 you can help keep this site going!).
The good news, for those of you who want to maximize the download credits you receive from donating, is that I am in the process of implementing full bundle downloads! For the time being, full bundles will be offered at a huge 75% discount in download credits: so you will be able to download a full bundle for 1/4 of what the items would cost you in download credits if downloaded individually.
These changes will be gradually rolled out as per my last announcement: some people will see the new prices and full bundle downloads right away; others won't see the changes for a week or two.
As always, our goal remains to be as generous as we can with our downloads and licenses, without going bankrupt. As always, we want to make sure that everyone is aware of any changes that happen on the site, and the motivation behind them. If you have any feedback, don't hesitate to let us know. Thanks for being part of Pixel Scrapper!