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Ok guys this is going to be a very long post with many issues so I'll number them and you can all give your opinions and mainly we are asking for help.

1. On most sites, clubs, organizations, winners of monthly/yearly awards for their car generally get something physically for their recognition. I have been working on that part and have found we can get a nice trophy for 5 to 6 dollars that includes the fancy top part which is car oriented and the engraving all included. Of course shipping which would be like 3 to 4 bucks tops would have to be added on. So an IOM trophy would be about 8 to 10 bucks a month needed for funding. I have had seen and had others suggest that we follow others examples. Some give the winner the option of getting the trophy at all. Such would be an example, the winner would get a trophy if they paid 4 to 5 bucks and then the rest the site funding would cover. I generally ask for past IOM winners for their input on this for sure since it effects you directly. Another thing, IOY (Intrepid of the Year) voting will start soon in March. From my shopping we can get a really nice trophy for that winner for 9 to 12 bucks plus shipping to them. I really think this should at least be done since its a pretty big honor. Ok funding issues are addressed in the next few topics....

2. Personally I have been working on getting license plate frames, keychains, sunvisor plaques, etc designed with my buddy who owns a shop with a laser. I am SUPPOSE to be getting samples and then hope to sell this stuff via the site. I would only ask the money I get would be to pay for my expenses and time. The rest of the profit goes directly to fund the site. I'm hoping when all the samples come I can post pics and get those interested to go in and we'll make them and hope to get some money for the site for future ideas.

3. We have a store we roughly made up last year but never got much more time to continue making products. We haven't had any buyers and realize prices are high but were looking for any money. We can lower the prices some to get sales going, better to sell something for little profit than nothing at all. The thing is I basically made all this stuff real rough one night and I'm not good at such things. We need you photoshop guys to help us make these products. This is your chance to really help us grow. The following is the link to the current store:
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The actual specifics for the images and stuff I have to find that link. If anything email randy I know he has that and you can work from there. If you come up with such images send them to randy so we can make/create the items for sale.

4. Another idea is to start some sort of premium membership where members would get discounts on merchandise, a dealer discount which i'm working on, a monthly newsletter featuring the iom and other related main articles and intrepid news. Would really need volunteers for such a thing and honestly, Randy and I can't do it all and yes we know there are many of you who help us already and thanks.

5. My last idea for funding: Since IOY would be very soon before such things could be done, I would like to see EVERY member to make a donation of at least .50 or more to the site. The winner should get a trophy for FREE since this is such a distinguished award and the first of its kind. Thats not much to ask .50 cents. If even 200 of you did that it would be 100 bucks to help with the site costs. The donation link is on the homepage. I know there are those of you who have done so in the past and thank you.

6. Basically I would like the site to come to this point:
The site with sales of merchandise, membership, donations, and such would fund such trophies of superior members and their cars COMPLETELY so winners don't have to pay again when they worked so hard on their current car. Also any left over money would go to pay randy BACK what he has invested. Mainly that money to pay for any and all software purchases and the price for server space which is constantly shrinking and becoming a demand. The more you help in a large part the more we can grow. Please help us with more ideas for funding and if you think such things as the iom trophy purchases should be partially funded, fully funded, or not at all. Its up to you its your site as a member and you can contribute with your say. After reading the responses to this post we will analyze the main points you agree on. Then each issue will be analyzed and a poll will be started to finalize. Thanks again for supporting DodgeIntreid.net.
 

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Hey Corey, could you PM me a maling address. I don't have a paypal account, but once I get a bit of cash I would like to donate. I would be mailing a personal check so I would also need to know who to make it out to. ~Thanks
 

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I like ideas numbered 1 and 2. I think that a $5 trophy may mean something special to someone who never won a trophy (I already won a trophy for my R/T, felt good). I think if you want to be eligible for IOM or IOY, you should "register" buy paying a fee, say $5-8. This would ensure that only the good vehicles would be considered because the most prospective owners would be willing to pony up the dough.
I would like to have a membership club where you would pay dues and receive a package like explained above. You could throw in the DI.net decal, license plate bracket and newsletter. Maybe, part of the site should be for members only as well? Just a thought.


I will probably send a few bucks once I get my tax refund. ;)
 

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I would like to have a membership club where you would pay dues and receive a package like explained above. You could throw in the DI.net decal, license plate bracket and newsletter. Maybe, part of the site should be for members only as well? Just a thought.
I really like the idea of a "membership packet" with stuff such as keychain, license plate frame, decal, ect. but to make that work the membership fees would have to be fairly high to cover everything but I would be interested as long as its under $40

Like they do on PBS pledge $x & get a keychain pledge $xx & get a license frame pledge $xxxxxxx & get a new intrepid that kinda thing :D
 

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I'm your guy for design. If you want mugs, shirts, stickers, almost anything at all, I can design it.

My experience is in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Quark. The big three. Moderators please email me with whatever promotional merchandise ideas you have for the site, I have some experience with producing this stuff and I know a few good suppliers.

Let me know!
 

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I dont like the 40$ idea cause well im just a senior in HS if i had any money id split it with u guys im eventualy going to get pay pal to buy things off the net but not for a while

more things in the store would be good personaly id like to get some window decals but 10 bucks is alot for that but i can see where trying to make money here
mabe if we hold a meet we could mabe be members of some mopar intrnatinal meet and charge a entrance fee of like a dollar-50 cents or we could sell drinks or burgers its just an idea but we could actualy do this like the guys who live close to each other could do some stuff i know of like 4 people who are in this club who live in my city who might(probably not) but with some long harassing might do something like this to help out the site

hmm i dont think i like the trohpy idea mabe in the future of the site but we need to build up a little more befor we start sending money in to support a trophy or we may end up running the fund dry from having a trophy sent every month

im not the most active member but i try to make time to respond to all the posts that i read but i know that not everyone has the time to post on a tread within a day some people check this site mabe once a month to once a day i mabe twice-3 times a day thats if im at school or work

i like the newsletter idea that way we can keep track of all the people who are active in this club i have seen people who have been here for a long time with only like a few posts but i can understand if they dont voice there opinions if they dont have one about that tread

did i wright as much as 94itrpidES the world may never know
or is that a book
 

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Some great ideas here.. Im happy to see that you guys have great plans for the future of DI.NET... I think the idea of having a "members only" section which would only be accesible to those 'members' who pay a fee is a great idea. Also have different levels of membership as mentioned above.. And with one of the higher levels of membership throwing in a keychain, window decal and/or license frame..
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The trophys are a great idea and I think they should be paid for by DI.NET (with the $$$ from member dues)... You guys got me brainstorming now.. woo hoo-- I'll post any new ideas/suggestions I come up with...

cheerio
 

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I like the idea of a membership packet with the keychain and such...it's a good idea. With membership should come some perks, access to higher levels of the site or discounts and such.

Here we go!!! Let's go DI.NET!!!:bigsmile:
 

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I need the address to send money !!

I personally can not do wthout this site, unless if I get rid of my Intrepid. And even if I do, I think I will still be on here to try to help people out on their Intrepids.

I really do not have a clue on how this site is payed for and by who?? All I know is that I will send at least $5.00 a month. Who the hell does not have $5.00?? And if 200 people can't give at least $.50, then I think that is an outrage!

So, I need the address please and I hope everybody does the same!
 

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Yes Randy,
Post an address where we can send donations, even if you don't get this membership thing going. I don't even have pics posted so I can't be in the IOM competition yet, but I'll gladly make donations. Come on, we can do better than .50!
 

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I would also like to send my donation via snail mail. I don't really want to set up a Paypal account. :rolleyes:
 

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Thanks for the address Randy. I am assuming the check is to be made out to you. :p It won't be much due to me being unemployed, but I am trying to help out a bit. :)

BTW- That is a pretty cool smiley. :D
 

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Randy

Hey, great ideas Randy...

I do like the idea of a member packet. With a donation of $25.00- $40.00. ( our Canadian buck is worth less than the U.S. dollar !)

I will get around to sending a M.O. or something from the North.


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