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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by soulgeezer, Sep 28, 2017.
Good to know. When I inquired several years back that was a big negatory!
When I was 50 I started getting AARP letters all the time. (I'm 63 now).... that has tailed off, but now I get all these letters and ads for cheap cremation and burial plots.... and the crazy thing is I'm paying attention to them! Wow - creamation for $1000? That's a good deal! Sign me up! Only problem is that I'm not dead yet!
I don't think the $25 membership fee AARP wants from me would pay for half the mailings I get from them. At that rate of return on investment, no wonder they're a nonprofit.
Yeah, it ends up net counterproductive when they don't acknowledge you paid them already.
Just pay an outfit twice for the same years' membership, and they never send the second check back - and you realize what you did and the organization never gets another single dime - when they coulda got a $ 30 here and a $ 30 there for decades.
One friend had a funny story, and I am inclined to think this was true. He called to complain to some charity organization that they'd never processed his check, and woman on the other end of the phone answered for some other, totally unrelated special interest group. Either this is a Boiler Room type of arrangement or the employee just forgot who she was working for that week.
I would give my left you know what to have a Sweetwater up here in Canada. They could send me the Sears catalog or whatever they want if I could access their prices and service and choice.
Harbor Freight catalogs with coupons and anything with cash are always welcome, incessant email spam is the loinspur tickle-wiles of the cha-devil , that about covers it.
"Do you ever wonder whey you're giving them money, when it seems like all they do is use that money to send endless streams of junk mail asking for yet more money?
I swear, not a single day goes by that I'm not receiving some kind of junk mail (in real life; actual, paper mail, not the digital variety, though I get that, too) from the NRA or one of its ten thousand sub-organizations asking for money for this cause or that whatever."
So that makes you feel :
- Used ?
- Unappreciated ?
- Annoyed ?
- Taken for granted ?
- Like a fool for still belonging ?
- Like you need to start a vaguely ?/completely ? embarrassing thread explaining what's been happening to you ?
If you answered yes to one or more of those and you STILL belong ?
Well - they got ya.
How does that make you feel ?
You can lash out at folks for pointing it out or - it could be the first day of the rest of your life not being a mark.
He's hosed for eternity. If he stays in, they send him piles of stuff. If he quits, they will still send him piles of stuff, maybe forever,
hoping to bring him back into the fold. At least if he stays in he gets the free beer-cozy or tote bag or whatever. The only other options are
to a) move with no forwarding address or b) die.
Cold dead hands!
Hey dogwatermike....if you're interested in cremation, (cheap)...I'm looking into donating my body (only after death) to a local medical school. After they're done with it (18-24 months) they cremate your body and return ashes to the family....there is a $225 cremation fee, but still, that's a bargain! Who knows?....your body might help train the future doctor that saves your grandson's life.....
There pricing is all MAP (i.e. "minimum advertised price," as set by the manufacturer/distributor). Therefore, they are exactly the same price as everybody else. That's why they try to entice you with levels of "service" that approach harassment.
They send you junk mail offering you deals on your own cremation?!
Yep, the free gear bag is what sets 'em apart from Scientology!
That and (by comparison) Scientology's far more believable tenets...
Wayne La Hubbard ?
L Ron La Pierre ?
Bipolar carnival barker ?
Not going there. Please don't you, either. That's a discussion we are not allowed to have here.
Anyone that thinks technology is going to take the place of paper hasn't tried to wipe their hind end with an ipad.
My dad was a member of the NRA (well, still is) and a few other related "clubs," and yes, he gets tons of junk mail from 'em, but for a small yearly fee, he'll get gear to demo and try out (and keep!). He's gotten anything from fresh new boots, to a couple sweet knives, to a really nice gun cleaning mat.
I myself have signed some political petitions (uh...from the other prevailing party than the organizations listed above), and also get lots of email and junk mail from them, asking for money.
So how was the stir-fry?
The stir fry disappeared for a week, made my kid cry then came back skinny and pushy. I'm sure he'll be delicious.
As soon as you donate, you're a marked man. If you're willing to ga be some, you're likely to be willing to give a big more.
I won't say which organization because politics, but to answer your question, yes.