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Discussion in 'Word from RWI staff (Thread moderated)' started by trailboss99, Jan 23, 2017.

  1. trailboss99

    trailboss99 Head Honcho - Trainee Cat Herder Staff Member      

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    "Hey, Trailboss" I hear you say "Why should I support RWI by subscribing?"
    Well, I'll tell you. Firstly and most importantly from our POV is the fact that we need the funds to keep RWI up and running. RWI uses a pair of dedicated servers, a cloud account, lots of expensive software, tons of bandwidth and due to our propensity for being DDoS'd on an almost daily basis a dedicated hardware firewall. All this costs money, a lot of money. Yes we do carry some advertising but its minimal and without the funds from membership subscriptions we wouldn't be able to keep the doors open so if you want your RWI we need subscribers. Remember Trusted Dealers don't pay a fee to be here* like at some fora. This prevents a conflict of interest on our part when it comes to resolving disputes so these are the only lines of income we have.

    "So TB apart from that what's in it for me?" you ask and fair enough too. Well you get the below:

    • A nice shiny new badge below your name telling the world you support your favourite forum
    • Access to the members area and members only sales from both dealer and M2M sections
    • Lots more free giveaways on our birthday as we support those who support us
    • Unlimited sales in the M2M sales area
    • The right to place a high value sale (after clearing it with a mod)
    • The ability to change the tag line under your nick to whatever you like
    • Cred with the dealers who will often give subscribers access to better deals, different payment methods and first preference on limited releases
    • The trust of your fellow members - You have demonstrated a commitment to RWI - Often members will sell to a supporter in favour of a normal member
    • Our eternal gratitude - hey, that's gotta be worth something, right?

    New, added benefits!

    Conversation Prefixes
    https://forum.replica-watch.info/account/conversation-prefixes

    You (assuming you are a supporter) can create your own colored conversation prefixes to make conversations stand out in your inbox. These are assignable by clicking the checkbox of a conversation and then assigning a prefix.

    Clicking a prefix will show you all conversations with that prefix, just like thread prefixes.


    Conversation Folders
    Since prefixes don't cut it for everyone, we also have standard folders for supporters. Make folders and sort your conversations into them so that you can find what you want quickly.


    Postless Bumps
    Everyone hates having to post bumps, right? It clutters up your thread and people never read the intermediate posts to see your price drops, etc. Well, now supporters can bump without posting at all! To prevent abuse, we've limited it to once per hour, and you can only bump your own threads.

    You can do this by opening your thread, going to Thread Tools (at the top) and -- guess what -- Bump. :)

    There's more coming down the pipe for our faithful supporters, so keep checking back. :)


    So as you can see there are many reasons to donate a lousy 35 bucks a year to help keep the doors open. That's around one tenth the price of the average rep so if you can afford this hobby you can afford to help keep your favourite forum up and running.

    If you're still not convinced, check out the canonical benefit list here: https://forum.replica-watch.info/help/supporter_benefits/

    To Subscribe and become a Supporting Member drop me a PM today! You can do so



    New Supporter's Level!
    Due to requests from several members for a higher level of supporter we have introduced Patron which involves a donation of $100 a year or 70 to upgrade from Supporter. Please PM Trailboss for upgrade instructions.










    *Supporting Vendors pay a small fee (around $30 a month) to advertise
     
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  2. tripdog

    tripdog Refinished on a Singer dial plate.      

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    "The trust of your fellow members - You have demonstrated a commitment to RWI - Often members will sell to a supporter in favour of a normal member."

    ^^ This, possibly the most important point (apart from that lovely gold badge, obviously). :thumbup:
     
  3. Rush

    Rush RWI SUPPORTER    

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    Agreed! Become a Supporter!
     
  4. mike 8

    mike 8 **?** NOOB FRIENDLY **?**    

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    Don't forget "The Secret Handshake"
     
  5. jpohl402

    jpohl402 GO OFFSHORE    

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    Well said!! Supporting is well worth it!

    And honestly guys - it's certainly NOT expensive either!!
    Everyone here can afford to spare a little bit to support this great site!
     
  6. Tucker

    Tucker Pain in the Ass        

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    Supporters get all the chicks.
     
  7. simonete

    simonete RWI SUPPORTER    

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    Good! I just made my renewal today


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  8. Hyjynx

    Hyjynx The Tourbillon Whisperer      

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    Listen to the Wisest One:
    [​IMG]

    In plain English: Stop being a cheapskate. Chip in to pay the bills!
     
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  9. SUBKILLER

    SUBKILLER RWI SUPPORTER    

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    Just did it!
     
  10. Jeane123

    Jeane123 Well-Known Member        

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    It's worth it guys! It keeps the forum running and advertising minimal compared to other forums! The advice and guidance available here is worth so much more than the subscription fees.



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  11. MrBeasy

    MrBeasy Well-Known Member      

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    If nothing else, do it for the extra mailbox space - definitely worth it.

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  12. tkingjr

    tkingjr Noob Friendly Supporter        

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    I would feel guilty using all the information on this site without being a supporter. RWI saved me a lot of money. The cost of all the watches I bought as the result of being a supportng member doesn't count.
     
  13. Maron

    Maron Il Fenomeno      

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    Because this is the best watch forum

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  14. Fiddo

    Fiddo .          

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    Exactly! Knowledge is power!



    Plus, if you're lucky you might get an invite to the Staff lounge----

    [​IMG]
     
  15. tkingjr

    tkingjr Noob Friendly Supporter        

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    I was just going to PM a member to buy a watch for $350 asking price but I noticed he is not a supporter. I can't bring myself to hit the send button so I will order the watch from Lucy and pay a little more, wait a little longer.
     
  16. Maron

    Maron Il Fenomeno      

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  17. gavmeister

    gavmeister RWI SUPPORTER    

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    Yes indeed. Access to all the secret handshakes, m2m sales, members knowledge, heck! You also finally get to find out / know who really does sell the best submariner! That's worth the price of admission.


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  18. velox

    velox Well-Known Member      

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    I would suggest every member to become a supporter of this forum. I think the $35 a year is very low and really should be a "must" to view and access our stuff. So come on you guys, become a supporter of the greatest forum in the world :)
     
  19. Etron

    Etron RWI SUPPORTER    

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    I'm a newbie and supported quickly. I call it good karma.

    I've now bought 1 m2m & from 2 diff TDs, & trying out a 3rd.
    I don't think I'd be able to sleep if I didn't have RWI, dedicated staff, and gurus here to help. You guys rock!

    Sent from the RWI mobile app
     
  20. tkingjr

    tkingjr Noob Friendly Supporter        

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    Thanks for becoming a supporter.


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  21. Hyjynx

    Hyjynx The Tourbillon Whisperer      

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    Love the picture. Imagine being the only guy who just can't naturally grow a mustache. That feeling of inadequacy is exactly what it is when you don't subscribe!


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  22. bkg!

    bkg! RWI SUPPORTER      

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    Apart from a select few charities, I can't think of any other place I'd want to give than here. RWI rocks


    Sent from my thumbs
     
  23. trulux

    trulux RWI SUPPORTER    

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    I paid my dues. There's a LOT of information on the site which has personally helped me a lot. I'm surprised at how active this community is :applause:
     
  24. jake53901

    jake53901 Active Member  

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    First good rule of selling is that when customer has yes. Shut your mouth and take the order. Or you might him mad and give the order to another.


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  25. Hyjynx

    Hyjynx The Tourbillon Whisperer      

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    Dude, I believe you posted this in the wrong thread.


    And a subscription would be great for your penance.
     
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  26. Thrasher

    Thrasher Annoyance Facilitator        

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    For all these reasons and it shows you are serious and committed to the hobby. Be a responsible adult you will gain so much for so little $.

     
  27. Naylor07

    Naylor07 Well-Known Member      

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    If you have bought or sold a watch on this forum you should be a subscriber. The ability to have a nice market place to sell and buy goods is worth the money alone, but having the backing of a full admin and mod team to help protect you is priceless.
     
  28. whazam

    whazam RWI SUPPORTER    

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    This convinced me. Will support RWI now.
     
  29. tkingjr

    tkingjr Noob Friendly Supporter        

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    Wow. Whazam turned into a supporter in 11 hours after joining.


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  30. whazam

    whazam RWI SUPPORTER    

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    Yeah, thats because I lured for like two months now.

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