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Thread: part one: Just a thought.. But would members be interested in.....

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    Stay chooned in for more! Clint's Avatar
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    To pay for the forum and the time he puts into it.

    OMG this is so much fun! I hope this is implemented! (SSSHhhh! I just wanna pay mainly to get a gold name!)

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    Admin- I'm growing CPs in the Desert of Tucson, Az. adnedarn's Avatar
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    The trial idea was already in the plans.

    The money goes to me. As you all should know by now, I purchased these forums from Phil. I'm also starting a CP business. So, with the monthly costs of buying the forum, the monthly cost of the server that hosts the forum, and all the fees I'm currently paying trying to get my business up and running, I was just looking for an option to help me out. I figure a lot of you have got to have stuff to sale, so this would be a good way to help each other out. Hopefully one day my business will be running smoothly and bringing in some consistant funds to pay for these forums then there will likely be no reason to have paid for service nessasaraly. But for now, all of this coming out of my personal pocket, I was just looking at options that could help me out by paying for the forums while providing extra services to you all. Hope some of that makes sense LOL
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    Nepenthes Specialist nepenthes gracilis's Avatar
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    I think its a great idea to help fund the forums. I also think more revenue would be generated if it was a yearly fee at a cheaper price, versus the monthly payment.

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    I think its an EXCELLENT idea. Mostly because it DOES cost a lot of money to run a forum like this. We are all enjoying the benefits for free: loads of growing information and help, the trading forum, being able to show off photos of your plants and... best of all, making new friends all over the U.S. and the world and being able to fellowship with likeminded plant nuts.

    I would support a premium membership JUST in order to keep the forums going without so much financial burden on Andrew. This forum is good for the entire CP community. Any "extras" you'd get from a premium membership would just be gravy. But I would LOVE to be able to upload photos directly without first having to have it hosted somewhere.

    Premium membership is not a new idea. Lots of forums do this. They do it at Geocaching.com in order to support their forum...and Nikon.com as well. Running large forums cost moola and it can't all come out of one person's pocket.

    I say absolutely YES! $20-$35 per year. That might sound like a lot to some people...but just think how much money you might drop in just one month on CDs, iTunes, Starbucks, fast food, etc. $20 wouldn't even be $2 a month! And many people pay membership dues to belong to the ICPS for a year without question.

    I say, let's help Andrew keep the forums going and have the premium memberships. Maybe you could even make it so TF can take "donations" too.
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    I think this is a great idea. I am mainly interested in the buying/selling forum option, because there are many times that I would like to purchase things from other people, but do not want to offer money since it's against the rules. A membership would certainly be a good way to have this option.

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    ok, so what about a member discount if you have the membership, you get a small discount or free shipping or something off your CP buiseness!

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    Admin- I'm growing CPs in the Desert of Tucson, Az. adnedarn's Avatar
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    nepak- I've thought about some type of "bonus" to long standing active members of the forum for my business... But I'm not sure the start of it would be a good place to start something like that. I'd need to have the doors open a little while first then decide if I could "afford" to do such a thing. Not that you're gonna need a sale to like my prices though. I don't think there will be dissapointment there.
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    side note...could we have, in this new buy/sell forum for premium members, an auction option so we will be able to auction off plants, seeds, supplies, ect.? a new twist
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