[clug-talk] Memory Express no longer a CLUG sponsor
jmajor at nucleus.com
Wed Sep 7 14:54:58 PDT 2005
On Wednesday 07 September 2005 3:13 pm, Shawn wrote:
> I was in Memory Express today and they informed me that they no longer
> offer CLUG members a discount. This was news to me, and I let them know
> that I'm the guy who should really know these things...
That's too bad, I had hoped this would work out for them and us.
> So, a phone call was made to one of the owners to confirm this. So,
> effective immediately, we no longer get a discount. They say the margins
> just aren't there anymore.
This was the main reason why the discount was so small in the first place. I
had hoped that once members started purchasing stuff from them, they could
see how much our members were affecting their bottom line. Perhaps they did
but in a negative way. I always tried to plug them as a sponsor at meetings
so they got at least that much advertising out of us.
> We may do something with them in the future, but they want us to come up
> with a proposal and submit it to them. The exec will put this right at the
> top of our priority list.... maybe... maybe not.... :)
I hope that this does not end up as a backlash against Memory Express. They
were not obligated to give us any discount and it was a damn nice thing they
did. I hope that those that were able to take advantage of the discount will
let Memory Express know how much it was appreciated.
This is one of those "burning bridges" things. If this results in negative
sentiment about MemX, then I think it would be safe to say that they won't
ever deal with us again. However, if we are able to pitch this the right way
with enough incentive to do it, maybe we can swing something in the future.
Something like a group purchase of some hot ticket hardware item.
Anyway, I thought this needed to be said. Our sponsors don't get much from us
except patronage. The more we can do this the more sales they can make off
us. It irks me that some people believe that these discounts are owed to
them. It was always meant as a bonus for our Tier 2 members. And I know that
some of our sponsors have no regard for Tier level at all, if you mention
CLUG they will give a discount regardless. That's a really nice thing that
Don't take them for granted...
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