Joining CAMRA twice

While at the GBBF I was tempted to join Camra again, perhaps in my brother's name or something. If you join by direct debit at the GBBF you get the following: Free Good Beer Guide (worth c. £14.99) Wetherspoon's Beer Vouchers (£20 worth) Three months' free membership (about £5?) Pint of beer (worth about £3 at the GBBF)
So for a £20 direct debit you could get £43 of goodies back.
Any thought on the maths, ethics or mathematics of that?
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Offramp
In article , Offramp writes
But it is much less than that to members, and its cost price is even lower. And if you joined now and got one, it is almost remaindered stock.
These give a 50p per pint reduction, so it encourages people to use Wetherspoons' pubs. They probably pay CAMRA for the promotion, or it encourages them to take advertising or a stand at the Festival.
Doesn't cost the Campaign anything, especially if you decide to stay on as a member.
But that is not the cost price to CAMRA.
You could say that, and one hopes that there are plenty of people like you who think the same.
The maths (which is the same as the mathematics) obviously makes sense or CAMRA's NE would not allow it. And I see nothing unethical in it. My father had a saying for this sort of thing - 'A sprat to catch a mackerel.' Good business practice.
Roy.
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Roy Bailey
In message , Offramp wrote
This years good beer guide or last years? 2010 GBG £10.39 from Amazon
My vouchers went in the bin. Around my way the two JDW pubs are not places I would recommend
It takes CAMRA at least 3 months to actually process your membership.
That's cheap seeing it was free to get in :)
Why else would you join these days?
Reply to
Alan
In article , Alan writes
You can order it but you can't get it yet. It will only be delivered after it is published. I buy my copy directly from CAMRA, and last year the Direct Debit was taken on 9 September.
Roy.
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Roy Bailey
But of necessity - if the nefarious scheme is to succeed - I would have to cancel either my original or faux membership after 12-15 months. Howzabout that then? What are the mass schematics or ethics of that? Huh?
Reply to
Offramp
In message , Roy Bailey wrote
But you are being ripped off! The special price CAMRA give to members is often far higher than that charged by Amazon, especially if you include postage.
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Alan
In article , Alan writes
'Often' being the operative word. Last year I was charged £10 including postage, and I bet I got it before it was available through Amazon.
In any case, as a member I would sooner pay the money directly to CAMRA, even if it does cost a few extra pence, than to Amazon.
When I get the 2010 issue I will compare the price and availability with Amazon.
Roy.
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Roy Bailey
In article ,
I think people who resort to such measures against CAMRA of all organisations deserve to end up paying twice if they forget.
I see that CAMRA is reporting over 100,000 members - great news - unless a lot of them are doubles.
E.
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eastender
In message , Roy Bailey wrote
Is it that important that you get the book a few days before anyone else? The publication is 6+ months after the voting and unless you want to try the pub before it closes down then a few days or weeks shouldn't matter.
Unless you pay be an ongoing direct debit, the normal rate special discount price (all inclusive) for members is more expensive than that at Amazon.
I wonder if the profit margin per book is any better when you pay CAMRA directly? CAMRA may be still using the inefficient methods of admin and posting they had a dozen years ago or they may now have farmed out the service to a third party for a fee.
What you need to compare is the priced you paid with the price Amazon are charging two or three weeks later. If it's anything like previous years the pre-order price of £10.39 may fall.
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Alan
In article ,
Oh for heaven's sake!!!
Anyone else - please offer them on here or on the camra forum!!
Someone sent us theirs a while back - we have a great spoons - and we have enjoyed using them - as well as our own, so far!
Anyone else not using theirs - they'll be gratefully received and used here!! ( if not by us - by some of our members!!)
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Chris

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