Is TSR really free?

Do I have to pay to become a member?

No, not at all.  Everything on our site is totally free.  

The Sims Resource is an enterprise-scale service providing the largest repository of downloads (millions of them!) for all The Sims games.  We also pay all of our top artists for their work too, so we do need help with funding all this, but there are two ways you can support us: by becoming a VIP member and gaining access to all sorts of extra benefits, or by using our service for free but allowing adverts from our advertising partners so that you don't have to pay at all.  As a free member, you might have to wait for content released as Early Access for our VIP members, but that content WILL become free after 7-14 days for everyone.  


All we ask for in return...

That you allow our advertising partners to place adverts on the pages you visit.  We've listened to your feedback and have finally been able to reduce the number of adverts we must host AND we've been able to arrange them in a less intrusive way.  So, all we ask of you is that you DON'T block our advertising partners as they are paying for your access in return for advertising their goods and services.  We think that's a fair exchange and we hope you'll do that.  If you do already, we thank you!


What if I don't want to become a member at all?

Unlike many download sites, we will still allow you to download even if you don't create an account with us.  Of course, you won't have access to any download history but that's not important to everyone.  We do add a download delay for anonymous users because, by being anonymous, your data will not help us gain a true picture of what's popular with our customers or give us a full picture on how our service is used and when.  In order to scope and scale our service properly, we do rely on people signing up for a free account - it helps us hugely.  We will never insist on it, but if you do decide to join our community, we will remove the extended anonymous-member delay on downloads as thanks for your support.

By the way, your data is safe with us.  The only information we keep while you're with us is the email address you sign up with (and we never, ever pass this on to any other party).  If you choose to buy a VIP subscription, we don't keep any of your financial data ourselves (that's managed by secure financial services on our behalf - even our staff have no access to that).


You still want to block adverts?

We are no longer preventing the use of ad-blockers, but we really DO still hope you'll consider supporting our advertising partners and allowing their adverts to show as they are the people who make it possible to keep our site free for all.  If you don't want to do that, you will experience a delay timer with each download, but you can get rid of that by adding us to your permitted sites list.

Note: if an ad-blocker is detected on your system but you're not using one, please see our ad-blocking help page because there are a number of fixable causes for this.  Our customer support will gladly help you too.


Why the extra click?

Some of you have asked why we added an extra click to the download process for free downloaders.  As trivial as it seems, we were actually breaking Google's advertising rules by NOT having that click, so we had to implement it. While an extra click might seem inconvenient, we hope you'll understand we had no choice about that.


And, if after all that, you're still not happy with adverts and an extra click?

Then why not check out our VIP service?  It costs as little as one cup of coffee per month and will ensure NO more adverts, super-fast downloads, no more extra click needed for hosting those adverts and lots of extras besides (immediate access to Early Access content that we release EVERY DAY, the download basket so you can pick all the content you want and then just download the entire basket in one click, our special download service that will automatically pick out all required items ()for example, clothing and hair needed by a Sim) for you without you needing to hunt it down, our exclusive Custom Content Manager to ensure you can see exactly what TSR content you've installed in your game AND receive notifications of any updated content, special access to our VIP-only Discord chats , early access to our popular The Resource magazine, and immediate access to our fun The House video clips.  Best of all, you will be supporting our fabulous artists directly  because we pay them for their excellent work!

VIP is a great service and we only ask a small amount, but as well as supporting our talented artists to keep creating the content we all love, you will also be helping towards the costs of the tireless work our staff put into checking all the content uploaded to our site is safe for your game, the massive server space and database services we need to host the millions of downloads we host (including great content made many, many years ago), and helps us staff a great community, keeping our forums and Discord channels safe, family friendly and nice places to hang out. 

Joining our VIP program is easy - there is a plan for every pocket (from cheap subscriptions that you can cancel at any time in your account settings, to single-purchase periods of VIP that won't renew at all).  We hope you'll join us and we thank you for your invaluable support in keeping the world's biggest Sims fan-site alive.  Take a look at what we offer!

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