I have always maintained that there is a group called the National Coalition of the Weird and Strange, and that one of the things they have to do to qualify for membership is to come and irritate me.
Yesterday somebody suggested we stop selling our CD with our seven guides to free campgrounds, fairgrounds camping, casinos with overnight RV parking, etc. and give them away as e-books. He said that there are auto-responder programs that would automatically send the e-books out when requested, so there would not be any cost or effort to send them out, and it would be a great public service. I replied that the CD is one of our best selling items and is responsible for a large chunk of our income stream. The reply was "Stop being so greedy. Everything doesn’t have to be about money." Yeah, actually, it is about the money. I consider myself be a cute and charming fellow, but those skinflints at my bank insist I make my motorhome payment with cash, not charisma.
What is it with people these days? When did profit become a four letter word? We have never made a secret of the fact that we are business, and as a business we need to turn a profit to survive. I wonder if these kind of people were willing to work for free at their jobs?
This kind of thinking seems to be everywhere. The other day I was talking to a vendor friend who said he was not going to a big national RV rally due to high rally fees, the expense to get there, and low sales. He said he told the rally honcho that he couldn’t afford to pay money to travel to a rally, pay their huge price for a vendor booth, and then lose money. He said the response from the rally vendor coordinator was “We get that crap from all of the vendors.” Well, duh! What does that tell you? How about actually working with the vendors to make the rallies more affordable?
Another one we get quite often is people who ask for free or deeply discounted prices on our products because they are living on a fixed income. I always ask them if they can fix my income, because the darn thing is broken. It just never stretches far enough to pay all my bills, buy all the toys I want, and support me in the lavish lifestyle I would love to become accustomed to.
Fortunately, these dullards really are the minority, even if they’re the ones we notice most often. But there are a lot of great people out there too, including Bob and Dee Fisher from Van Wert, Ohio, who came by yesterday to renew their subscription, register for our Ohio Gypsy Journal rally, and even brought us fresh homemade apple pie! Now those are the kind of visitors we like! Thanks, Bob and Dee!
I’m rushing hard to get the new issue of the paper ready to send to the printer by 3 PM this afternoon. I only have one more story to finish writing, and 2 pages to paste up, plus the front cover and I’ll be done. Barring any unexpected delays or major equipment malfunctions, I should make it.
Thought For The Day – Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.