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Post by invicta280 » Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:58 pm

Am I the only one that thinks the subscription procedure for the 16mm assoc is not fit for purpose?
Surely it cannot be beyond the wit of man to provide a simple online purchasing system involving Paypal.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to wade through their rambling instructions.

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Post by Puddlejumper » Tue Mar 10, 2020 9:42 pm

To be fair I've only just joined recently using direct debit and found it pretty easy, haven't tried to just do a renewal though.
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Post by MRail » Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:17 am

They gave up PayPal a couple of years ago to cut costs.
Subs now go through Warner Group publishers.
I believe lack of volunteer workers may be a factor.
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Post by BorisSpencer » Wed Mar 11, 2020 11:47 am

As MRail said, the association rely on volunteers, if you want to instigate change you're going to have to volunteer and do it from the "inside".

I shall be volunteering as a Steward at the show again this year, and for anyone contemplating it, I can recommend it as a thoroughly enjoyable experience, and you can share that feeling of pride having been involved in, arguably, the best GR show of the year.

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Post by Soar Valley Light » Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:42 pm

Whilst I accept the reliance on voluntary input (something I know a lot about from other organisations), it was the membership process which led me to cancel my society membership when Warners took over. I suddenly became aware that I had provided personal information to Warners when I thought I was providing it to the society. I'm sure the process must have made me aware of this but I hadn't spotted it. Simply put, it wasn't clear enough for an IT idiot like me.

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Post by TonyW » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:17 pm

Soar Valley Light wrote:
Fri Mar 13, 2020 7:42 pm
... led me to cancel my society membership ... I was providing it to the society ...
It is many, many years since the 16mm Association has been anywhere close to being a society or anything that "cosy". The Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Limited is a private company limited by guarantee and bound by GDPR data protection regulations. To that extent, the Association and Warners are much the same thing.

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Post by methsman » Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:54 pm

Totally agree , it’s not cosy anymore , too professional and glossy particularly the mag , it’s all about bling and spending power.
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Post by Busted Bricks » Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:31 pm

methsman wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:54 pm
Totally agree , it’s not cosy anymore , too professional and glossy particularly the mag , it’s all about bling and spending power.
There is always a level of commercialisation in a hobby when it grows above a certain size. That is not a bad thing IMHO as not everyone has the time or ability to make everything from scratch.

I think the association is well run and produces a cracking magazine. It relies on contributions from members and perhaps some of the more "back to basics" content is in short supply these days?

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