I sent a customer support request to Patreon asking them to reconsider the change. I suggest you do the same if you care.
With processing fees, a $1 pledge would now cost a patron $1.379. A $2 pledge would cost $2.408, and a $5 pledge would cost $5.495.
@Gargron is there another way low-dollar patrons can support you?
@propersquid @gargron also, if you give to several different creators on Patreon, Patreon will charge the patron the fee on every individual transaction, even though they pay processing fees on only one transaction a month. So they can charge patrons much much more, and claim that the fee is only 5%.
@gargron @propersquid in the updated blog post, they claim that they aren't pocketing all the extra money, you're just paying a fee on every pledge because they're going to charge every pledge individually, to make it easier to support/explain up-front charges to access patron-exclusive content.
So, Patreon is saying, don't worry, that huge percentage increase in money you're paying will mostly go to credit card companies, rather than creators or Patreon.