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Feel Free to Donate
« on: April 05, 2019, 08:00:44 PM »
Hi Swaggers  ;D

Just a reminder that, contrary to popular belief, Myswag is privately owned (and privately funded when the "kitty" needs a top up) by Brett. Businesses don't pay to advertise in the Showroom Section and people who advertise in the Classifieds Section are not charged to do so etc. In recent years we have had a couple of Premium Sponsors come on board which has been a MASSIVE help financially however server fees, accountancy fees, tax, restocking of Member Stickers and Coolers etc all adds up.  If you enjoy your time here and are keen for Myswag to have a long life, you are more than welcome to make a donation to the Server Fund through the Myswag.org Online Store (see the picture below). All donations, great and small, will be more than appreciated and will be directly responsible for helping to keep Myswag online.  Just think, if every member donated just $1 each, it would be enough to pay the Server Fees for 11 years




Of course, you could also purchase some Myswag.org Merchandise from our great range :cheers:.

Jillsy, perhaps setup an optional recurring donation? $1,$2 or $5 per month.

Not sure if that's possible or something you are interested in doing, just a thought.

Folks if this is something you'd like to do (it's not something you're expected to do but would be more than appreciated all the same), please send me a PM and I will reply with Myswag's Bank Account details.  That way you can set up a direct debit via your internet banking. 
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Re: Feel Free to Donate
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 10:18:11 PM »
Folks,
We just received a $100 Server Donation from a Myswag Member!!!  It is very gratefully received  :cup:. I would also like to acknowledge that this particular Member has already donated $2255 towards Myswag through Server Donations and Merchandise purchases over the years.  Basically he and his family have single handedly covered the cost of the Server Fees for a whole year!  I'm not going to name him however I wish to acknowledge his generosity. You know who you are and from the bottom of my heart I thank you X

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2019, 07:27:49 AM »
This post has had 91 views  :cup: :cup: :cup:

But only one member has donated  ??? ??? ???

Just think, if every member donated just $1 each, it would be enough to pay the Server Fees for 11 years

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2019, 07:30:17 AM »
Folks,
We just received a $100 Server Donation from a Myswag Member!!!  It is very gratefully received  :cup:. I would also like to acknowledge that this particular Member has already donated $2255 towards Myswag through Server Donations and Merchandise purchases over the years.  Basically he and his family have single handedly covered the cost of the Server Fees for a whole year!  I'm not going to name him however I wish to acknowledge his generosity. You know who you are and from the bottom of my heart I thank you X

That's incredibly generous of the member who did that, I'd recon everyone on here owes him a beer. perhaps a stubby collection could be organized at the national meet and a secret myswag delivery organised.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2019, 07:56:03 AM »
What about every member who does donate, donates $10.......then only a tenth of the members need to donate.
Anything less is not worth the trouble of doing the actual money transfer.........and any more is always welcome .. :cup:
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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2019, 08:04:21 AM »
Jillsy, I'm pretty sure it's been discussed before, but how about charging people a small amount (even $1!) to sign-up to cover "admin fees" (always a handy standby :D)

Just had a look at the member list, & so far for 2019, there are 303 new members, + ~1300 for last year.

Surely a few $ from each of them would go a long way to covering costs?

PS Also putting a donation through now! :D
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Re: Feel Free to Donate
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2019, 08:32:05 AM »
Jillsy, I'm pretty sure it's been discussed before, but how about charging people a small amount (even $1!) to sign-up to cover "admin fees" (always a handy standby :D)

Just had a look at the member list, & so far for 2019, there are 303 new members, + ~1300 for last year.

Surely a few $ from each of them would go a long way to covering costs?

PS Also putting a donation through now! :D

Your donation has been gratefully received  ;D

Mate yeah it has been discussed before.  People will rarely pay $$$ for something they haven't got to experience yet so having to pay up front is a huge deterrent for them.  We therefore work on the principal that if people enjoy their time here, they will hopefully be inclined to purchase some Merchandise or make a Server Fund donation or similar.  I think our biggest barrier is that people don't consider how a "Forum" is created and that the funds have to come from "somewhere".  Just the other day I received an email from a Member stating "I am a ***insert occupation here*** who loves fishing and camping I share info and get some in return, if I have to pay for being on this site, I would leave the site" .  Just $1 from every member would keep us out of trouble.  That's it...just $1.    :cheers:

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2019, 08:32:41 AM »
Donated

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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2019, 08:35:50 AM »
What about every member who does donate, donates $10.......then only a tenth of the members need to donate.
Anything less is not worth the trouble of doing the actual money transfer.........and any more is always welcome .. :cup:

Thanks for your donation Mate - it is so very very appreciated  :cheers:.

Why should only a tenth donate?  That's like 10 people going out to the pub together but only 1 person shouting the drinks.  Just a $1 a Member would be a huge help.  Or purchase a Member Sticker to wack on your Tug  ;D 
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Re: Feel Free to Donate
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2019, 08:37:06 AM »
Donated

Mark

Thanks Mark for your wonderful donation - this post was not aimed at you though as you are another of our "high rollers".  Your support of the Forum has been unwaivering and we thank you for it from the bottom of our hearts.

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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2019, 08:40:48 AM »
Thanks Mark for your wonderful donation - this post was not aimed at you though as you are another of our "high rollers".  Your support of the Forum has been unwaivering and we thank you for it from the bottom of our hearts.

Always happy to help out when I can.

Come on to all other members. What is $5. I spill that much worth drinking beer on a good night ;D

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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2019, 08:58:23 AM »
Mate yeah it has been discussed before.  People will rarely pay $$$ for something they haven't got to experience yet so having to pay up front is a huge deterrent for them.  We therefore work on the principal that if people enjoy their time here, they will hopefully be inclined to purchase some Merchandise or make a Server Fund donation or similar.  I think our biggest barrier is that people don't consider how a "Forum" is created and that the funds have to come from "somewhere".  Just the other day I received an email from a Member stating "I am a ***insert occupation here*** who loves fishing and camping I share info and get some in return, if I have to pay for being on this site, I would leave the site" .  Just $1 from every member would keep us out of trouble.  That's it...just $1.    :cheers:

Thanks - understood :D

Sorry, it's been a while so I don't remember :-[ - do new members get a "Welcome to MySwag" message ???
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« Reply #12 on: April 06, 2019, 09:06:23 AM »
Thanks - understood :D

Sorry, it's been a while so I don't remember :-[ - do new members get a "Welcome to MySwag" message ???

Yeah they get an automated email from the Forum with the standard of behaviour etc....

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« Reply #13 on: April 06, 2019, 09:13:04 AM »
Done Jillsy.
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« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2019, 09:22:09 AM »
Done Jillsy.
Travel safe to the National Meet.


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Thanks Hairs for your amazing donation  :cup: although this post was not aimed at you either. You are another of our "high rollers".  The knowledge you have imparted to others and the way you have welcomed countless "newbies" over the years hasn't gone unnoticed  :cheers:

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« Reply #15 on: April 06, 2019, 09:28:01 AM »
Jillsy,
Unfortunately we are unable to attend the National Meet, I've been pondering what to donate for the raffles/auction, your post was timed perfectly, more than happy to help.
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« Reply #16 on: April 06, 2019, 09:43:43 AM »
Jillsy, perhaps setup an optional recurring donation? $1,$2 or $5 per month.

 Not sure if that's possible or something you are interested in doing, just a thought.

I think a lot of people are happy to donate, it's just remembering to do so.



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« Reply #17 on: April 06, 2019, 09:48:41 AM »
Thank you for your awesome donation Mate  :cup:

Jillsy, perhaps setup an optional recurring donation? $1,$2 or $5 per month.

 Not sure if that's possible or something you are interested in doing, just a thought.

I think a lot of people are happy to donate, it's just remembering to do so.



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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2019, 11:43:47 AM »
I'll make a donation to you at the National Meet.

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« Reply #19 on: April 06, 2019, 01:40:01 PM »
I'll make a donation to you at the National Meet.

John you contribute more than enough to the Forum! Organising 2 National Meets and the Red Centre Trip and a Flinders Ranges trip just to name a few things! No need for you to donate  :cheers:
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« Reply #20 on: April 06, 2019, 02:49:04 PM »
15 Members have donated so far!!! Thank you so very much for your support Swaggers - it is absolutely sensational!

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« Reply #21 on: April 06, 2019, 03:41:32 PM »
Yeah they get an automated email from the Forum with the standard of behaviour etc....

Does that have any blurb included in it ???

Possibly something like:

"Please check out the merchandise on sale in our shop

MySwag was set up as a private operation in whenever by Brett, & is still funded privately by him, assisted by member donations. Any contributions that you may be able to make to assist with the running would be greatly appreciated"

or long those lines ???
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« Reply #22 on: April 06, 2019, 03:54:10 PM »
Does that have any blurb included in it ???

Possibly something like:

"Please check out the merchandise on sale in our shop

MySwag was set up as a private operation in whenever by Brett, & is still funded privately by him, assisted by member donations. Any contributions that you may be able to make to assist with the running would be greatly appreciated"

or long those lines ???

Great suggestion! I’ll look into it :cheers:

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« Reply #23 on: April 06, 2019, 04:31:14 PM »
Ok after looking 4 times at the online store I still can’t see where I can donate...... help!!


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« Reply #24 on: April 06, 2019, 04:43:45 PM »
Ok after looking 4 times at the online store I still can’t see where I can donate...... help!!


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Try here mate.
http://www.myswag.org.au/store/index.php?product/page/14033/Server+Support+Donation

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