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RE: Punishment or Incentive?

Poster: Becky McEllistrem <beckymc@MICROSOFT.com>

>From: 	edh@ascc01.ascc.lucent.com[SMTP:edh@ascc01.ascc.lucent.com]
>Sent: 	Friday, December 06, 1996 12:47 PM
>To: 	atlantia@atlantia.sca.org
>Subject: 	MR: Punishment or Incentive?
>Poster: edh@ascc01.ascc.lucent.com (Alfredo el Bufon)
>Lord Gawain Kilgore writes, in part:
>> [...] here's how I've always viewed "charging more at the door
>> than we charge those who prepay."  The door fee is the "actual"
>> event fee [...] we ***discount*** the event fee for those who
>> are able to make the effort to send in an early reservation.
>> I've never once thought of it as a punishment.  I've always viewed
>> it as an incentive.  Kind of like automakers' rebates.
>If this _is_ the intention, and potential customers (including even
>such august personages as his Grace) simply misunderstand, then
>I submit that it's the people running these events who have a problem,
>specifically, a Public Relations problem.  They should avoid phrases
>like "late fee" in their event announcements, and employ ones like
>"Act now and save!" or "A tourney with bated swords and rebated prices!"
>-- Alfredo

I believe that pre reg prices being less than door prices are generally
intended to be an incentive.  It helps the cooks, etc to be able to plan
their budget a great deal more when they have some rough idea of
who is coming.  What I believe his Grace was mentioning was an
$8.00 surcharge on those paying at the door.  That's terrible and
something that shouldn't be happening.  That's too much of a dif-
ference, especially for groups like Pink Palace where most of the kids
are students and don't get $25.00 ahead of time.

Don't assume that that sort of thing ONLY happens in Meridies.  I
see events here that are often what I would call too expensive.
if I'm going to pay for a hotel room to boot, and Atlantia does seem to
love hotel events more and more.  If I'm going to have to pay for a
room should I be charged any more than $8.00?  Where else is the money
going?  I understand this for a feast like Robare's 12th night where (I
several hundred were served but for a three remove feast that serves 150
so, I don't understand it.  Sorry I don't have current examples.

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