metis wrote:i guess at this point i'm not seeing the value of sustaining, and from prior meetings the concensus was that we didn't' want tiers of membership...
Not for voting rights, no. This would be more about shop space & such.
metis wrote:i think a student discount makes sense, but what do you *get* being sustaining other than a cool title, i.e. we kinda rejected the "founding member" tag. if we're a NFP (even if we're not) folks can always give extra money.
I don't like tags or titles either; they sound pompous. But if somebody's willing to pay for that privilege, well, the money will spend just the same.
We'd have to figure out the incentives, like a branded merchandise packet, and/or name engraved & posted on a plaque (again, hokey, but it's recognition & shows gratitude), option to name something in the shop (like one of the PCs or drill presses etc.) I'm sure folks can come up with all kinds of ideas. You get the idea. It's silly, it's gimmicky, but it's fun,
and it works. RELATED EXAMPLE
: Trent Reznor & Nine Inch Nails
, when they released the 4-disc album "Ghosts I-IV", disc 1 was available free
for download. Discs 1 through 4 were available for $5
on Amazon and came with a bunch of extra stuff in a .PDF file (which was what I opted for). For $10
, there was a physical 2 CD set with a printed booklet. For $75
, there was a "deluxe edition" package, a box set which included a DVD & a Blu-Ray disc of video, plus everything that was available in the lower-priced packages. And then there was a $300
"ultra-deluxe" limited edition package, with everything plus additional merch & band autographs; only 2,500 of these were produced. This super package sold out in 30 hours.
Now, I understand that NIN and TCM don't exactly have the same member base yet.
But I think we can come up with some incentives that folks would be willing to pay for, don't you? Even on our smaller scale, that extra would be worthwhile and significant for us.