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As is mentioned in THIS THREAD, we all know that 3Si needs to raise money. Right, other boards don't charge membership fees... but they also have lots of banners and even board stores. I know a lot of us may have some very good ideas for raising money, so please post them here.

1) 3Si Auctions- I know where to get some auction software (similar to eBay) that allows the user to charge a listing and/or completion fee for items sold. Auction software could be added to this board- possibly replacing the classifieds section? maybe, maybe not- and income could be generated that way.

2) 3Si Lotteries- Monthly giveaways and winnings. $1 to get in on the drawing. (I feel like a carnival worker: $1 to play, $1 to win. Hurr-ay hurr-ay hurr-ay!)

3) Expand the 3Si store- Many more items could be offered in the 3Si store; more shirts, caps, mouse pads, etc etc etc. CafePress would eat a lot of the overhead for this method.

4) Franchise the 3Si name- allow other members to create their own 3Si merchandise (pens, seat covers, etc) with the 3Si name/logo. Charge a usage/licensing fee.

5) Endorse another company- lots of companies (especially long distance companies) pay a commission for every new customer who signs up. The board could adopt Excel communications (just for example) or the like as it's "Official Telecom Provider" and make kickbacks on every board member who signs up for and uses that service.

There are lots of ways that businesses make money. LOTS. I know lots of people have ideas as good as or better than mine so please post.

I, for one, love this board and DO NOT want to see it go down the tubes.
 

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I like the lottery/raffle idea.. I've brought that up a couple times before. Either have someone donate or sell the item to 3si, and then have people buy as many tickets as they want for it @ $1 each. Basically you could end up with a nice K&N or UDP or something for a couple bucks, I can afford that! ;)
 

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I posted these two ideas on that thread... thought I"d copy/paste them. I know it's "honor system" but it can't hurt to ask:

... if you buy something on this board and you save a certain amount of money... why not send in 1/2 of your savings to 3si?? If you buy a shift knob for $20, send an extra $5 into 3si... if you find a bumper cover for $150, send and extra $50 into 3si.. you'll still be saving money and you'll help support 3si.

Here's another idea... if you are SELLING something, agree to send $5 to 3si for everything you sell... or a percentage or something. And post it right on your selling thread... "I'll donate 5% of the proceeds to 3si". At 5%, it's cheaper than ebay!
 

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I don't think a required payment would be a good idea... first of all, as an example... I just sold an alarm for $30... I did it as more of a favor to whoever bought it... I wouldn't have paid $3 just to post the ad. I am going to send $5 to 3si as a donation BECAUSE I SOLD IT but I wouldn't have paid JUST TO POST IT.

A few months ago, I posted a classified to GIVE AWAY an aftermarket shift knob that was wasting space in my house. Again, a favor. Woudn't have done that favor for other 3si members if I had to pay to do it.

Classifieds, I think, are almost more valuable here than the advice. Great deals are on here EVERY DAY. "Parts for sale" is the first place I look every couple hours! We save a TON of money there... if we could ASK people to donate some of the money they save if they BUY, and donate a percentage if it sells, that's cool.

Now an exception for REQUIRED payments would POSSIBLY be things like the "strut bars" posts (no offense guys) or the GROUP BUY stuff. In other words the stuff that is being sold as a way to make money, or to sell MULTIPLE PIECES of the SAME PRODUCT. That would be considered ADVERTISING MONEY.

I find it amazing that people part out entire cars... THOUSANDS of dollars... I think they could send in $50 to 3si for the free advertising!
 

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Or we could sell m&m's. :)

I need to give my part, I've just been real broke here lately. I have $2.41 in my bank account, that's more than what's in my pocket right now. I can't even buy a pack of m&m's. Soon, I'll be back on my feet.
 

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How about setting up links to the various car part websites which have affilliate programs? Eric could have a page with links to CarParts.com, The Tire Rack, etc. Then when a member is ready to buy use the link and 3SI will get a percentage back? I know a Subaru club which does this, not sure how successful it is though. Most sites give 5 - 15% back to the affiliate and there are tons of sites out there which have affiliate programs. A lot of people buy from the Tire Rack and CarParts.com so why not help out 3SI. It costs nothing for the members and could really benefit the club.

I would be willing to set a page up and provide monthly statements of the money coming in, then send the money to Eric. It's not really hard to setup but I have experience and server space.

Just an idea,
 

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Having been involved in many fund raisers, one of the dangers is that the management of the fund raiser can cost more effort/time than what's raised.

We all know that Eric, Alan and others give a TON of time to this board, and can't be expected to also do a lot of extra work on fundraising. So if you are suggesting an idea that requires management, think about that aspect.

Another issue is that expanding the store, while a good idea, requires upfront capital to buy the inventory. And from what I understand, eric already has a lot of $$ tied up in inventory.

As far as honor system goes, that's a great idea and would require virtually no management.
 

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Heres an original idea: car wash?:cool:

What if Eric and Alan went Public? :D

NYSE: 3SI
NetChange: +.01 Today's Low: 44.97
Last Sale: 45.03 Best Ask: 48.02
Today's High: 47.10
Best Bid: 47.44
Volume: 1200 :p
 

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If I sell my car off of 3Si...

Then I will give $500-$1000K for the advertisement 3Si has given me;) !!! The amount I donate will depend on how much I sell it over the price I was offered for trade-in, so it all depends...

Only thing is, I have to sell it first...:rolleyes:

Check it out...
http://www.3si.org/vbb/showthread.php?threadid=53282
 

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how about opening a 3si brothel in Buenos Aires ? I'd lay down some big $ for that :) we could charge $20 per glass of soda & free scamper for 3si racers LOL
 

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countach said:
how about opening a 3si brothel in Buenos Aires ? I'd lay down some big $ for that :) we could charge $20 per glass of soda & free scamper for 3si racers LOL
So.....International 3/S gathering in Buenos Aires this year? :p
 

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I agree with Motorhead, just get sponsors and advertise

please dont start charging small amounts of money for this and that.. membership this blah blah that.. etc.

how is it that places like off-topic.net can stay up and running, use huge amounts of bandwith associated with nothing but porn topics and be free?

ok maybe they might have porn banners or some annoying popups or something.. but Id rather have that than pay 100 bucks for a one year subscription for a board that I KNOW can be
totally free to a user.

what I think will really happen if lots o money starts getting charged here and there... other 3000gt web boards will open up
and 3si.org will dissolve.

cmon now, with millions o hits per month... and the web analysis data to prove it.. who can say that we cant get some shops n so forth to sponsor us for what, a small banner add in the upper right hand corner. I got no problems with seeing advertising from stores/sponsors that will offer the 3si community services and goods.

we have tons of exposure but are doing NOTHING to generate money with it. We got tons o engineers n smart techies here.. but WHERE ARE THE BUSINESS PEOPLE!!!! we need your help too! I can totally see this site being self sustaining.. if all the other waste o bandwith bbs sites can do it, why cant we?

as far as the, auctions n stuff.. why? thats what ebay is for, youll have a larger audience and have more exposure using ebay.

3si merchandise? Cmon now.. obviously if it was something to have for every 3si owner/club member that shit would be backordered to hell.. it aint.. and Im sorry IMHO the stuff has no intrest to me and apparently no intrest from a lot of other board members.
 

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(this is not a kick in the teeth to anybody in this thread who has taken the time to come up with ideas, but ...)

... all of those ideas are what's known as "the idiot tax", since it will be the idiots who buy auction stuff and sign up for long distance providers and read the advertizing banners and send in their 10 per cent savings cut and wash cars and get laid in Buenos Aires who are supporting the lazy bastards who don't pay anything. Like me.

This is great for those of us who subsequently get a free ride, but, soon enough, those of you who are doing the paying will discover what "idiot tax" means, and you'll be one almighty pissed bunch of people. Just think "graduated income tax", and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

The fairest way to support any service is to have the users of the service pay directly for the service they use. And that means either annual fees, or ten cents a word, the latter being a good way to cut down on the amount of bullshit I post.
 

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Just to clarify......

I do not want advertising banners all over 3SI, just one page which has links to performance shops which have affiliate programs. When a member makes a purchase from one of these links, 3SI will get 5 - 15% of the sale. The membership did not pay anything, and truth be told, them might get a discount with the many coupons floating around out there for various shops. Also the membership has not been burdened with banners all over the place. I can't imagine any of the 3SI shops buying advertising when most post to the board and get all the free advertising they want. (not that that's bad) Anyone in the 3SI parts business has a hard enough time making money, why would they spend it on needless advertising?


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ok lemme clarify as well

I dont wanna see 50 multiple popups, nor do I want 70 banners..

There is a way to combine the best of both worlds here.. placing banners in the right location will insure that advertising doesnt get too annoying.

and hey look at other clubs.. example:
taken from rx7club.com

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I do think that we are generating more traffic than any other (as if there are others..3000gt.com RIP) 3000gt site.

I mean cmon.. look at dsmtalk.com, another good example

would it kill us to do some of these things.. and yeah maybe the amount of cash per sponsor is small.. but it can add up.

companies/groups.. etc have been doing this crap since the beginning.. why arent we in it? hell imagine if it was done in the beginning of 3si... we would prob have cash on hand to make huge gatherings almost free.

am I totally off the mark here? I dont think so.

I think Ill try and shoot an email off to a couple o huge online carparts vendors.. see what they might have to offer.

we wanna keep 3si alive.... so lets use our heads.. not dive right into our pockets.. maybe for a short term sollution, but we need a good long term solution as well.

as for xtra cash generated if this works.. give it to eric and send his ass to Aruba then buy all the hard working admins a big steak dinner.
 

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porn banners! :D

just kidding. i think having banners would help..i don't mind banners on the top of the intro page.

yes please don't start charging fee.
 

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Your going to have to spend some money to make some.
Does 3Si sponsor any races, auto shows or cars?

I think banners would be good, pop-ups would get too annoying, having to close them evertime you turn around.

Fee for Posting a classifeid good- but no auctions.

Licensing out 3Si product- the ony thing would be the logo. That's a one time cost or cost per usage. No ones gonna pay a high fee for the logo and you don't have to license a product to use its name either. Just permission.

And 10 cents a word., I'm outta here if that happens. I'll pay an annual fee and donate what I can when I can. But that would suck.

I don't think there's too many choice besides those- upping the fees, charging for classified and adding to the inventory of things/apparel (i.e. racing jackets). Hell we're an information site on the 3000GT/Stealth not the National Geographic or Green Peace. We don't have people just wanting to give us money. (I wish we did):rolleyes:
 
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Well, what are the per-month expenses? How much bandwidth do these boards take up??
I mean - what sort of processing power/bandwidth would someone need, if he were to volunteer to host the site for you?

Would that help?
 

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Hmmm... Personally I'm for something like a $10 annual membership. Take that and multiply it by the 6600+ registered people, and you've got $66,000+ dollars per year. Cash problems are all solved cuz hell then 3Si could get it's own server and lease it's own T1 line and be done with it. You don't have to worry about paying multiple times since you only sign up for one screen name. But it renews each 12 months. If you're a lurker, then lurk. If you wanna post, then pay.

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