I'll go for 2 subscriptions too, Sean. This site has been a wealth of info.
I read through this thread and had an idea. Feel free to ignore it ;-)
In my opinion, you can't force someone to subscribe. It's very difficult to even convince someone to subscribe. At any cost... The best method is to entice people to subscribe. This means showing them the benefits of supporting APUG.
The basic problem is that APUG is an on-line resource. Most people feel that on-line resources should be free. I don't subscribe to any other on-line resource even thought there are a few that might benefit me personally... It's simply human nature. There's nothing here that can be held in the hand, put on a book shelf, taken to the 'throne" to be read at leasure, etc... It's difficult to make people realize that this is an honest, worthwhile resource that takes actual money to keep running...
Oh, my idea...
How about creating a 'testamonials' type page. We see them all the time at commercial sites so we can read comments by customers. people may just not realize what they are (or will be )missing by not supporting APUG.
And I'll offer a real world example...
Just today, I recieved my first dry mount press. Used of course (bought through APUG classfieds!), so no instruction manual.
Now I've dry mounted for years, but used the common household iron to do it. Never touched a real dry mount press in my life...
So, I wanted some direction and thoughts on how others used the presses.
A bookcase full of old magazines would have been next to worthless. I'm sure I have info in some of my books, but that would take hours. I had prints and mounting tissue waiting to be tested...
So I did a simple search here om APUG for "dry mount press". Got pages of returns. Took me about 15 minutes of reading through some of the threads to find all the info I needed.
And if it wasn't for thsi post, noone would ever know that I needed help with the press or that I found the help here in just a few minutes!
It certainly wouldn't be difficult to assemble similar short stories from other users, as shown by Jorge's post above and now mine. Info like that may hit just the right brain cell to make more people realize that they could also use the info stored here and helping to support APUG is the way to guarantee that the info is available next week, next moneth or next year when they buy something they have no idea how to use...
Just a thought...
$24....Now Sean is pushing it!!!
I have NEVER seen anything like it!!! Double the price????
And Sean is only thinking of getting enough money to buy more film and a new 8x10!!!!
Hmmm....ok, Sean...I'll pay
You do a great job, and paying $24 for it is fair.
I shoot b/w with my Holga, Lomo Cosmic Symbol or Olympus Trip 35.
IMHO, APUG is more valuable than any 'zine. You can't ask a magazine a very specific question on virtually any topic related to analog photography and have it immediately answered and discussed from a variety of points of view and levels of experience. News and information found on APUG is always up to the second while magazines are always by necessity months behind the times.
I don't subcribe to any magazines but I'll continue to subscribe to APUG... even if I have to give up one of my many, many porn site subscriptions to swing it.
That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
So long as he buys his film and that new 8x10 from his Sponsors it's okay!!!
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$24? Cheap at half the price!
At present I subscribe to several magazines in several fields. None of those subscriptions are as valuable to me as APUG. If I had to choose two, it would be APUG and Ailsa's Rag. If I had to choose one, it would be
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
Due to a health problem (an injury, not a malaise), I am only able to work part-time. This means I have an extremely limited income. I have to scrimp and save for everything photographic.
$24 = £13.56 that's £1.13 a month, (or four pints of milk at an expensive supermarket).
I figure I can easily handle that increase (I'll just cut out my two downloads per month from iTunes ). I see it as justified and necessary to keep this one, single, unique, traditional photographic knowledge repository alive.
If there were alternatives to APUG I might question the increase, but there ARE NO ALTERNATIVES TO APUG. Every other photographic website is either completely digital or rapidly going that way. They are of no use to me. APUG is essential to me.
Go for it Sean.
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
That reminds me: If there is any member who is unable to meet this increase, I'm volunteering to sponsor no more than two other members. My back taxes just got reduced from 54K to 18K, so I'm feeling generous
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
Humor alert! Don't proceed without a sense of humor!
Surely you don't mean better than Inked/Focus!
Originally Posted by Flotsam
[SIZE=1]I want everything Galli has!
[SIZE=1]I want to make images like Gandolfi!
Good Afternoon, Sean,
No problem at all with the $24.00; I assume that I will receive a reminder when my current subscription runs out next May???