You say expensive, but if it works, and you recoup your outlay in a matter of weeks, then it isn't expensive. Forking out money for those that don't work? That's expensive whatever the cost.
I really don't understand how you can call it a gentlemans club when it is open to all.
If i have work i cannot cover myself, then i don't want to waste time sticking it on an exchange site that doesn't have the quality or quantity of membership that gets my job covered quickly, and by courier that know what is expected of them. Only one fits that bill for me, but different exchange sites have different types of work, so you use the one that works for you. There is already plenty of choice as i have already indicated, so is there really a need for another?
For an exchange site to work you need to attract those who have the work AND those that can cover it for you. Many have tried, and most fail, taking your membership money with them.
If i have limited resources would i pay for one that works, or one that might work if i give it time?
And yes, you're right, we do see new people hoping to make a living from being a courier, and good luck to them. But as in any industry you can't expect to come into it without the necessay funds... And knowledge
Who is Mike by the way?