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falkirk81
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally agree with the charging system, before i became a verifier for the newcastle upon tyne area I paid my 2 every month, and would have paid the 2 a month had I not submitted 2 new static cameras as i became a verifier. Some people nowadays think its their right to get free stuff, if you can afford a gps/sat nav, then surely you can afford 19 a YEAR!

On a previous msg about the wording on some payment methods, i thought the first paragraph needs changing.

"You are currently subscribed to our site. If you select one of the subscription options below your subscription will be extended by the appropriate amount."

That still seems to indicate that there are different amounts of time that your subscription can be extended by.

Just my honest observation.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

piercy wrote:
however, as a student its very difficult to come up with that extra 19.


perhaps you could consider buying a cheap money box or make use of a discarded coffee jar, then you could drop 50p/week into it and by the end of the year you would have 26 - 19 for PGPSW and 7 for a couple of bonus drinks

This may sound a little patronising, but my wife and I put all our small change (10p, 5p, 2p, 1p) into a jar for our kids and you'd be surprised how much it can add up to when you count it
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i have only been a member for a short while, but i used the annual subscription, and fully support the changes to enable the site to continue to function correctly Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren

It's a shame you didn't put a 'Do you agree' poll on this thread as it looks like the DO's certainly outway the DON'ts by some margin. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too subscribed annually when I joined, since then I have been lucky enough to get a free life membership.

Personally i think 19 a year is not a lot for what you get, and also for the amount of effort put in by the team.

Could there be a time when more people are 'lifers' than subscribers?

What will the team do then? Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

SpikeyMikey wrote:
Could there be a time when more people are 'lifers' than subscribers?

What will the team do then? Wink

Let's hope there are never that many cameras!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You've got my support - 19 a year? Bargain!
Keep up the good work Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

piercy wrote:
... however, as a student its very difficult to come up with that extra 19.


When I was a student I couldn't even afford a car! I needed every penny for digs, grub, beer Cool and the occasional course book. Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GPS_fan wrote:
This may sound a little patronising, but my wife and I put all our small change (10p, 5p, 2p, 1p) into a jar for our kids and you'd be surprised how much it can add up to when you count it

Vera and I do this with our pensions - we insist on having it in cash to support our local sub post office and when we get home she gets a fiver off each of us to put into her tin. We get such a lovely OAP pension from the government that we don't notice the fivers, but after a year, it's 500 (plus the odd lottery tenner) to put into a wallet to take to Corfu!!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DennisN wrote:
[We get such a lovely OAP pension from the government that we don't notice the fivers, but after a year, it's 500 (plus the odd lottery tenner) to put into a wallet to take to Corfu!!


Just to go and lose it, If I find it will send it back to you with an I O U for 600 euro and the bears are on you.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't affect me as I've always paid yearly and will continue to do so.

Sounds like a good initiative. How well it works in practice remains to be seen!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only downside I can see to removing the monthly option is that you may never capture customers who are completely new to the world of GPS. As a GPS novice I was quite prepared to 'risk' 2 to see if the product was any good, and once I had found out it was (and easy to use) I then paid an annual subscription. I would have been less likely to take a 19 chance without some kind of personal recommendation.

Perhaps you could offer some kind of limited low cost trial. Perhaps generate trial files for specific geographic regions of the UK which only cover limited area, and are updated less frequently. Offer new users a trial region for 2 to get them hooked and hopefully converted to an annual subscriber. The regional files would be less likely to be pirated as they a) would not be fully up to date, and b) do not cover all of the UK.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Darren wrote:
SpikeyMikey wrote:
Could there be a time when more people are 'lifers' than subscribers?

What will the team do then? Wink

Let's hope there are never that many cameras!


Fingers crossed. Police
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

RavingDave wrote:
Perhaps you could offer some kind of limited low cost trial. Perhaps generate trial files for specific geographic regions of the UK which only cover limited area, and are updated less frequently. Offer new users a trial region for 2 to get them hooked and hopefully converted to an annual subscriber. The regional files would be less likely to be pirated as they a) would not be fully up to date, and b) do not cover all of the UK.

We are looking at some options in this area but will see how subscriptions go before committing.

None of our competitors offer trials and so it may be that testimonials from other users on this web site will be sufficient but we'll be monitoring closely!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2007 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I fully support the change, for the reasons given, however, I was reluctant to post this initially because of my 'free' status. But, then I thought, what the H...! I'm just as entitled to my opinion as anyone else and I notice it has not stopped other members with a similar status. Lets hope it does work - it is a shame that it has been necessary as it does effect those members on a tight budget more than we rich, Corfu holidaying, Cool pensioners. Sad

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