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mrbill
Posted 4/28/2010 11:36 AM (#50834)
Subject: Member Renewal


Posts: 9
Location: Freeport FL.
Can I renew online or do I haveto mail in check. Bill
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RichardMc4
Posted 4/28/2010 4:08 PM (#50838 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
For right now we have no on-line renewal. Please mail in check.
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ruger44
Posted 1/5/2011 8:27 PM (#55374 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 21
Are you set for on-line re renewals at this time?
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Hack'n
Posted 1/5/2011 9:55 PM (#55377 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 4833
Location: Boise, Idaho
A stamp doesn't cost much

L.
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Doug
Posted 1/5/2011 10:36 PM (#55380 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 24
Location: Middleburg PA
Ahh, it is that time of year.... Check's in the mail!
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mrbill
Posted 1/6/2011 8:51 PM (#55399 - in reply to #55380)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal


Posts: 9
Location: Freeport FL.
are you talking about my renewal? if so email me again and if I have to mail it or not. Bill
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SideCar
Posted 3/2/2011 9:57 PM (#56421 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 146
Location: Colleyville, TX
Paypal would be an easy set-up and encourage more web oriented folks to join. Just sayin'.
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mrbill
Posted 3/3/2011 8:59 AM (#56426 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal


Posts: 9
Location: Freeport FL.
Yah how about PayPal. lets do that! Bill
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Joyce
Posted 3/3/2011 9:57 AM (#56427 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 3023
Location: St. Joseph,MO
Paypal costs money. Would you be willing to pay an additional fee to use it? Actually at $25.00 renewal a year our dues are pretty cheap. The easiest way would be to increase dues to $30.00 a year I suppose. What do you all think???
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ruger44
Posted 3/3/2011 10:30 AM (#56428 - in reply to #56427)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 21
I could live with that.
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SideCar
Posted 3/3/2011 11:05 AM (#56429 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 146
Location: Colleyville, TX
Since it was my suggestion, I did a little investigating. It is surprisingly cheap to use them on a limited basis. Based on a $25 USCA membership fee, the current Paypal fee for that transaction would run just over $1.00 (at the highest fee) and there would be no monthly fees.

While I would personally pay the extra, I really do think (based on experience with prior clients and knowing my own behavior) that making it easier to sign up and become a member will actually increase the membership and you may not feel the need to raise the fee. I know I would have joined sooner had there been an online payment method. Please don't take that as a complaint. It's not.

I see this like anything else - online or off. If it is easy to participate, including paying money for membership in this case, it helps the newest person take the plunge and helps repeat customers part with their money. (Or, that could just be my skewed version of the world.) Heck, I even pay my other bills online these days. Call it laziness or convenience, but I'm hooked on it and others seem to want it these days, too. I probably downloaded and printed the application 3 or 4 times before remembering to get around to filling it out by hand and sending it in with a check just recently. I'm guessing I'm just one example, but I could be the oddball.

Anyway, since there is not set up fee or monthly charge, we could also test the theory of easy, online payment getting more members and more renewals. If it was set up, you could send an email out to everyone who is registered on the forum letting them know that online membership and renewal payment is active and asking them to join/renew and see what happens.

I'm the new guy around here and these are just thoughts for your consideration. Two last thoughts.
- You could also use this for payments for the merchandise available through the site and I think it would be important to let people know about that if and when you do it or take it for a test run.
- Here is the current fee schedule that I found through Paypal which I believe is the same for their Express Checkout and the Website Payments Standard products. It's available at https://merchant.paypal.com/cgi-bin/marketingweb?cmd=_render-content...

YOUR MONTHLY SALES YOUR FEE PER TRANSACTION EXAMPLES

$0 to $3,000 2.9% + $0.30 $3.20 fee on a $100 sale
$3,000+ to $10,000 2.5% + $0.30* $2.80 fee on a $100 sale
$10,000+ 2.2% + $0.30* $2.50 fee on a $100 sale
The pricing table above applies to domestic payments in US dollars. There's an additional 2.5% charge for any currency conversion and a 1% charge to receive payments from another country.

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SideCar
Posted 3/3/2011 11:07 AM (#56430 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 146
Location: Colleyville, TX
I see the formatting on the pricing got kind of jumbled above, but you can see each line is the pricing at certain monthly volumes and an example is tagged on at the end.
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Joyce
Posted 3/3/2011 11:25 AM (#56431 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 3023
Location: St. Joseph,MO
Well you know our Web guy has gone AWOL. We would need forms- store and more set up. Work out details of how to get Al Roach the information he needs to process memberships and Richard the information to process orders. I know how to put the money in the bank but help is needed to actually make this happen. Any web volunteers out there??
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SideCar
Posted 3/3/2011 11:44 AM (#56432 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 146
Location: Colleyville, TX
I would be glad to help if I knew how. Wish I knew more on the how to there. Seems like on the simplest end, what would be needed would be to unlock the membership form itself so that it can be filled in online (or the order form in the case of merchandise) and add the paypal link with the amount. I think that is how a friend is doing it with her fledgling magazine to draw in more subscriptions.

Might post something to the general forum membership and ask who could and would help to set this up? If you can't find someone who knows how to do it already, I would probably be willing to help figure it out. If you get to that point of desparation, shoot me an email and let's talk.

Gary

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Reardan Tom
Posted 3/3/2011 11:49 AM (#56433 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 1170
Location: Reardan, WA
Personally, I'll continue to use a stamp. My PayPal account got messed up and the only e-address they'd use to correspond with me is the one I had when I created the account. Now that's a Catch-22 because I no longer have that e-address nor do we have DSL here like we did when I did have that one.
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Loon
Posted 3/4/2011 2:41 AM (#56439 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal


Posts: 162
Location: Southern Tier of New York
Lots of people use the paypal system, but for me the stamp will be my choice. My comfort level with online purchases is not very good, but have done it periodically with sites I trust will not sell my info. Got kids who don't even know what a stamp is used for, but for me I tend to resist the "newer" technology until it is "proven" to my satisfaction. I do believe that paypal is worth checking out and that it might be a good thing in the long run but also allow the choice between on line or by mail. Maybe some day I will be successfully dragged into the world of complete on line bill paying, but just not today.
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chiba
Posted 5/15/2011 4:19 PM (#57842 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 11
PayPal would aid in the "impulse buy". I know I found out about the USCA some time ago, but since I had to download, print out, fill out, write a check, find an envelope, buy a stamp, and mail it all in, it took me a month (I know, sad) to get around to finally sending it all in.

If there was a PayPal option, I'd have been signed up a while ago.

--chiba
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SideCar
Posted 8/25/2011 12:05 PM (#59946 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 146
Location: Colleyville, TX
Checked into this a little more as I've run into a number of folks recently who are sidecarists, but not members even though some have been on sidecars for years. Anyway, it turns out that the Paypal thing is pretty straightforward. You sign up and then add a link/button for payment for those who want to use that vs mail and you're pretty much done - no extra web programming or anything. And, you can use multiple buttons if you want to use them for the USCA store as well. Hope that helps if folks are interested.
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RichardMc4
Posted 8/25/2011 12:51 PM (#59948 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 1141
Location: Williston, Fl
We are working on it.
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Hack'n
Posted 8/25/2011 1:09 PM (#59950 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 4833
Location: Boise, Idaho
Apparently the labor of making out and sending a check once a year is quite an onerous task for some of today's sportsmen (& women).
The Horror, The Horror!

L.
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SideCar
Posted 8/25/2011 2:14 PM (#59953 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal



Posts: 146
Location: Colleyville, TX
LOL, Lonnie.

Yep, we've become a fast food, internet, on-line banking society. My phone is smarter than me and I'm having to learn to text to keep up with the kids. But, if we want more folks to become members instead of just forum folks, making it available online and immediate is likely to encourage that. I don't have a dog in the hunt, except that I'm in favor of more folks being connected. Just trying to help.
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Jim Van der Veen
Posted 8/25/2011 4:42 PM (#59958 - in reply to #50834)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal


Posts: 173
Location: Miami, Florida
I really agree with SideCar, and you can still maintain the postage system. Just offer both. As for a Web Master, there has got to be one in our group somewhere. Maybe a mass e-mail to solicitate one. Just my thoughts.

Jim
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Al Olme
Posted 8/25/2011 5:33 PM (#59960 - in reply to #59958)
Subject: Re: Member Renewal


Posts: 1732
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
There is NO talk among the members of the Board about ever stopping the current system for renewals, just adding to it. I don't believe that we will ever stop taking checks through the mail for those who prefer that way to pay. The idea is to make things faster and easier for folks who are comfortable with electronic payments. You all know that our membership is growing older and accepting electronic payments for membership, rally registration and eventually for club logo merchandise may appeal to potential younger members and now seniors are among the fastest growing groups of internet users.
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