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ANS and the future of the list
In message <UPMAIL13.firstname.lastname@example.org> "Ian J Haseltine" writes:
> I cant see anything wrong with paying for the list, I reckon that in the last
> few months I have saved several hundred GBP in servicing costs, learnt things
> about my car that no dealer mechanic would have told me and had some d*mn good
> entertainment all for the cost of one or two local phone calls a night.
> Lets be realistic here, this is the 90s not the 50s, what does 20 or 30 GBP
> buy you? My quattro costs me 40GBP in petrol every week, so I'd get maybe 200
> extra miles a year, less than 1 mile a day. I spend at least double that on
> motor magazines every year.
The basic maths don't hold up. Of the 1200 subscribers, how _many_ would pay?
See Peter de Jager's experience on converting the Y2K mailing list to a paid
basis - and _he_ had the advantage that it's a business-to-business list.
'Payne's Law', formulated long ago on CIS' Canopus, applies - if it's free on
the Internet anywhere, it's free everywhere. The signal to noise ratio on
alt.autos.audi is only high because there's no signal to speak of - if we all
went over there, it would be usable. It would also have the advantage of
newsreaders with thread support - many's the time I've wanted to uncheck the
box for a thread on coimbra.
Committee Member, UK Audi [ur-]quattro Owners Club