with 30g @ over £10 a packet i would say unless you roll one a week you spend much more than that a weekoddshoes wrote: ↑03/01/19 20:36I thought that I would let the post run for a few days before I responded;
I have a lot of time for the owners club as it has been a major part of my life for the last 12 years. I have had some great experiences and met some really nice people through it - some of them I can call my closest friends. I met Laura through MR2's, and as of nearly 2 years ago she became my wife and life partner. I know that the membership does only equate to £1 per month which is nothing really, I probably drop more than the yearly amount in tobacco when I roll my own fags each month!
club shop is run by tallboy @ no expense to the cluboddshoes wrote: ↑03/01/19 20:36I know that the site needs to be kept running for us all to be able to socialize, arrange meets and events.
I understand that Jeff has been doing this for some time and the site is generally always running and doesn't seem to have any downtime which is nice and appreciated. But when other car forums are cheaper or free (and you have access to the whole site) you might wonder where does the extra cost in subs go and what does it achieve?
My query is, could the wealth of knowledge and experience held by the members help reduce the club and site expenditure? We don't know unless we (regularly) have the conversation. If there were ways in which I could help the club minimize costs by helping, I would!
Regarding the club shop - could that be moved to somewhere like redbubble.com, where the payment/stocking/manufacturing/posting is taken care of by a third party?
great idea, where do i send the machine that does the cards to ? as i said all the work i have done is unpaid and im not getting back into sending membership packs out againoddshoes wrote: ↑03/01/19 20:36If the club was to then become slightly more affluent it might be able to supply some merchandise like the membership cards and key fobs that used to be shipped out to new paid members. I feel that this is one example that gave members a greater value for money as well as a physical item that people enjoy having. And if there was a member with a printing company the items could be sourced from them (if it was cheaper than alternatives).
sure create a thread and we will see if anyone repliesoddshoes wrote: ↑03/01/19 20:36This club has become like a family to most long term members and this is felt at the car shows that we go to, but with the major meets so far apart this feeling is rarely felt. I know social media has contributed to the downturn of traffic to club forums and when you are battling free and easy posting and photo hosting sites this will be an issue. I worry about the club and its long-term success and I want to help.
I propose that a thread is created, to be updated annually (or bi-annually), to document a cost breakdown of running the site and club. Maybe also to list the added value points such as no random adverts. Members can then provide (constructive/positive) comments and suggestions. This can also be (read-only) accessible for unpaid members to show the importance of paid membership.
im unsure whether your aim is to bring down membership costs or increase the perceived value of current membership
discounts from suppliers/traders/garages etc for paid members would be a great asset, but over the years people have volunteered and then done "censored" all to move it forward and this also goes for members who have volunteered to refresh the content of the homepage to keep it current and fresh
i recently added some members to the facebook page so they could add events linked to the site and to date not one has used it
sorry if all of this sounds less than positive, but most folk cba to actually get involved