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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Well here it is in a nut shell.
While at the gathering I was asked if I was an official supporter to the website and group that I have been enjoying so much the last couple of years. ( this was only asked by a supporter as we talked about the site and what we liked about it, it wasn't pressure by anyone to be a supporter)
I actually hadn't given it much thought beyond " I should be a supporter last year" but never got around to doing it ( I tend to procrastinate on alot of things)
Now I don't know what the few bobbles you get are used for but I do know this , you have expenses for such a good site to stay up and running and I am more then happy to help out with what little it takes to become more then a troller.
Anyway as soon as I post this I am heading over to hand over  a very few sheckles to very good site.

I hope all the rest of the trollers out there do the same!! ( assumeing you can afford it in such a difficult year)
Have a great season
post #2 of 24
nicely put, OB. with the advertising that seems to be selling OK, is there still a need for donations? just asking.
post #3 of 24
 I have been supporting epic for 6 years now.  The value I get is immeasurable and vastly greater then the donation I give each year.  Aside from knowledge, community and entertainment - I have received a great deal of monetary value, advice to save money, buying and selling equipment, discounts and so on.

I have no idea what the balance sheet looks like, but I can't imagine that the money isn't needed.  Even if all the expenses of running the site are being covered by the ads any small compensation that the owners receive for all the work they've done and continue to do would be a good thing, wouldn't it?
post #4 of 24
Thread Starter 
The only free cheese is in the mouse trap.
Ya I'm pretty sure it all helps and I get 35 $ worth of enjoyment easily from this forum and besides look at all the neat people we meet and ski with through here!!
Anyway it was painless and easy to do ( just look at the top right corner of the page , click the button and follow the instructions, heck it was so easy to do even a caveman could do it!!
post #5 of 24
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Originally Posted by davluri View Post

nicely put, OB. with the advertising that seems to be selling OK, is there still a need for donations? just asking.

I'd say the need would to be weeding out competition for things like ski giveaways. The donation thing keeps sponsors giving discounts, if everyone could get the discount people would just sign up, get their discount, and never come back. The donations may not keep the actual site online, but it does keep the giveaways and such going.
post #6 of 24
The income from Supporters helps to fund website operations and does not go into any owner's pocketbook. We are working to bring special perks to Supporters -- you may have noticed the Sterling Skis Contest, only a Supporter can win those babies!

Thanks for starting the thread Old Boot and glad that you are enjoying the site and the amazing community vibe!
post #7 of 24
 Bad year for me, but your post has made me consider it.
post #8 of 24

i am a left kidney

 

 

sorry, had to say it

post #9 of 24

I know that nolo has worked her butt off to get all these sponsors to the site which help to cover the costs associated with this place, and I would suspect that most of the cost is covered by the advertising that most of us either complain about or block. Thanks nolo!

 

It appears to me that supporter status has recently dropped this year, though I have no hard and fast numbers to rely on.  I suspect the economy is a big part, but there has also been a noticeable drop in the number of former "regular posters" many of which were supporters.  There is also a major number of new folks just getting here and learning the lay of the land.  I would hope some of the new folks here decide to drop a dime on the web site, because most are not supporters.

 

There are also quite a few folks (not listed on the official mast head) that donate considerable time to make this place making it an amazing place to hang out.  Cgeib would be a great example of such.  He is so under the radar most here wouldn't know him if they tripped over him, but talk about dedication.  Others like Rick with his free clinic this season is another. Then there are the moderators giving MANY hours of their "free time" to the site.

 

I guess the question is this.  If this place folded because it couldn't support itself, where would we all go to get the information, ability to communicate with each other, and entertainment that we get here?  I can't even attach a price tag that would cover the contacts I've made via Epic and the many friends I get to ski with whenever I'm out.

 

Happy New Year everybody beercheer.gif

post #10 of 24

i was a supporter last year. i tried to re-up last week and ran into as stumbling block with my credit card.  i wonder if others have had the same issue?

the card is fine.....

post #11 of 24

If PayPal is the stumbling block, feel free to send a check and we'll enroll you manually. Make it out to EpicSki, include your username, and I'll push the buttons.   

 

EpicSki

P.O. Box 895

WSS, MT 59645

 

We are spending a lot of money on content this year. You will see the results in a few months, but in the background a team of Supporters are working on Resort Guides for every ski resort, area, little tiny hill in Minnesota...and getting this year's gear pages up to date with current reviews, etc...and working on the wiki library, etc...

 

We're planning on sending a Team to cover the SIA Show in Denver and Ski Demos at Winter Park in January, and trying to figure out how we could do Demo Days for EpicSki Members. 

 

Our mission is to be the best resource with the most awesome community on the Internet for people who are passionate about Alpine Skiing. (I just made that up, but it's true!)

post #12 of 24
Thread Starter 

Hey do we get an invoice when its time to anti up again??

post #13 of 24

Yes. I'm not sure how much lead time our system is programmed to give you, but I believe it's 3 weeks. 

post #14 of 24

it was a little tricky for me,

 

big colorful bold Paypal icons,  but credit card icon was small and darkened,,,,but worked when i clicked

post #15 of 24

I tried to sign up as a supporter a month or two ago from the newsletter link when there was an early discount (I'm a bit low on cash but who can pass up a deal?). However, when I got to the paypal payment page it always showed the full price so I figured there was a problem and checked back later. Same deal. Sorryfrown.gif that I didn't contact an admin at the time but was busy and forgot about it until this thread came up.

post #16 of 24

The early discount ended Oct. 12 and we changed the payment amount that day, so I don't know what happened. If you contact me with problems I usually can respond within a day. 

post #17 of 24
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

The early discount ended Oct. 12 and we changed the payment amount that day, so I don't know what happened. If you contact me with problems I usually can respond within a day. 



It might have happened as follows: The first time I got as far as paypal, but paypal was blocked from where I was working - not sure why. The second time a day or two later may have been on Oct. 12, and I assumed that it was ending at the end of the day, but it had already expired? I do have a definite recollection of the newsletter link taking me to a page on epicski which listed the discount and then the paypal payment page being full price.

post #18 of 24

If that's the case, we'll honor the lower price, if you will send us a check for $35.

post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

If that's the case, we'll honor the lower price, if you will send us a check for $35.


Will do as soon as I'm back home to my checkbook next week - or I can send a paypal if you prefer.

post #20 of 24

If you don't mind, if you send a check we don't have to eat the fee. Since it's a discount and all...

post #21 of 24

This year, of course, Supporters get access to more great discounts and deals than last year when the OP was made. We're getting half price on great ski brands, goggles, boots, clothing, etc. etc. Then in the summer we will get the same deals on summer sport equipment and duds. You will easily save the cost of the membership on your first purchase. This is current year gear, not seconds and closeouts. In addition, Start Haus, Racewax, Slidewright, Edgechange, and Pro Ski Simulator all give Supporters special consideration beyond what members get. We hope to continually escalate the rewards for Supporters, which we believe will happen as our Supporter group increases in numbers. 

post #22 of 24

 

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Originally Posted by nolo View Post
[...] and trying to figure out how we could do Demo Days for EpicSki Members. 

 

 

That would be an awesome idea in theory, but unfortunately it seems like the user community is so geographically diverse that it'd be impossible to do it so that it benefits more than just a small portion of members.  If you could figure out a way to do it, though, that would be the kind of thing that would get me to drop the coin on a supporter membership.

post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by nolo View Post

If you don't mind, if you send a check we don't have to eat the fee. Since it's a discount and all...

 

No problem. Actually, I may be able to send a check form here via my bank's online payment system. I will look into it.

post #24 of 24

 

 

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If you could figure out a way to do it, though, that would be the kind of thing that would get me to drop the coin on a supporter membership.

Thanks for the feedback. 

 

It's funny, a couple of weeks ago a visitor to the area hopped on the Bridger chair with us and we ended up giving him a quick mountain tour. As it turned out, he was the Rossignol tech rep for the area who had done clinics at the local shops the day before and was heading to Helena that afternoon to train the folks at the shop there. I told him about the possible gathering at Big Sky in late March. The next day I got an email from him offering to provide demos for the gathering and to keep in touch about it.  

 

Based on that small and random sample, I think it should be do-able!


Edited by nolo - 12/30/10 at 2:23pm
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