metis wrote:the idea of a "not shop" supporter getting a discount on classes is interesting, but we need to look at things in a income stream and value for funds sort of fashion. if 20$ a month get's you 10$ off a class, that's not bad, but why would you in effect give TCM 10$ extra to take a class? if you were going to take 3 classes in a month that makes sense, but at that point, say at 20$ a class, and maybe a 10$ discount on classes for members, you're looking at a price difference of a few nights at the pub, for full shop access instead.
metis wrote:another point previously discussed at the price point question is what you can buy for x$ per month. at 100$ a month you're looking at 1200 a year, which buys you a low end cabinet table saw, or a bucket of tradesman quality hand tools. yes we're offering community and space, but it's possible to get a small artists studio space for not much more than that.
Both of these items only make sense if you consider this from a purely fiscal standpoint- the member is tallying up TCMaker expenses on one hand and balancing it against what they get- or what else they could buy- on the other.
As a society, we're heavily inclined to do that. We have one metric- price- and we compare everything based on that. Lots of people do that on everything; they can't conceive of spending $15 to buy a book at a locally owned bookstore when Wal-mart sells it for $8.95.
However, lots of us don't see things that way. I daresay there are at least a few MPR members in this group (there's at least one- me), and we don't "get" anything for those membership dollars other than a sense of personal satisfaction, a bad magazine, and a discount card we don't use.
We should allow for people like that to make a contribution to something they support, and to get something in return. In fact, the MPR model is probably not a bad one at all- members get something of nominal value (class discounts, maybe, or a piece of swag, or first dibs on attendance limited RSVP events, or all that and more) regardless of how much they pay. Shop access "kicks in" at $50 a month.
The "platinum member" discrimination issue only matters if you assume that people paying less than $50 are doing it because they can't afford $50 even though they want to. Look at it from THIS point of view and it becomes less unpalatable, ESPECIALLY if we offer a "work-for-dues" option, where those who want access and have more time than money have an option.