ok, yes I am confused, which isn't difficult!! I have a membership until Dec 2009, but I should renew for year 4 now? I also buy the DVD's, as sitting at the computer for long periods is not easy for me, do we get a break on the computer bill if we purchase the DVD's?! We have three in college, so I know we are all in the same boat. But I love this site and all I am learning and all the great quilts to see in the gallery. So I hope I'm not on a deadline to buy the next year! Am I, Alex???
I'll post this here in case anyone else has been wondering this, hoping that the proper "power that is" will respond...
I have a Series 3 membership, which I understand lasts at least through this year to watch the remaining series 3 shows (which brings up the related question--if I didn't renew (ok, that is moot because I am planning to renew) would I still be able to re-watch Series 3 next year?).
So if I renew for another year to get next year's Series 4 and 5, AND I want to use the promotion to get a 6 month membership to give a friend, is it correct that I will have to renew on EXACTLY December 31, 2008 to be able to have a current membership through December 31, 2009?
It seemed to me, reading the Membership email that I got, that the renewal begins when you purchase the membership and lasts for one year. In other words, it would NOT begin on January 1, 2009 if I purchased it today because it is not connected to my currently-expiring series 3 membership.
Which leads me to wonder how the going-forward membership plan works for viewing past shows: E.g., will someone joining now be able to watch Series 1 until they expire at the end of this year?
I'm sure it is difficult transitioning from the old system to the new!
Just a note for those of you not in the local radio area for Dave Ramsy, he is on the Fox Business Channel in the evening for an hour. We have DirecTV and it is on channel #359. I enjoy him as well as Neil Cavato.
I will not be giving up TQS either but will probably give up a couple of magazine subscriptions.
I've been working a bit to build up an emergency money market fund in case the hot water heater or the A/C dies, since we wouldn't want to have to get into our IRAs while the market is in the basement. We know it will come back, but it may take several years, so the fund will help us out until then. This is a good time to cut back a bit and make sure you don't have any debt, and do have an emergency fund. There's a fellow called Dave Ramsey who's on our local radio station that has a lot of good ideas for folks to get out of debt. One thing I'm not willing to give up is The Quilt Show. I'm probably not going to renew my subscriptions to Quilters Newsletter or the AQS magazine, but I'll find the $ to stay here.
I did get the newletter today and was totally confused. It sounds like I have to come up with another fee before Dec 31 to view series 4, but I can view series 1, 2, and 3 until Dec 2009. New members will never have the opportunity to go back and view the old series? Am I getting this right?
What is the deal with the star system changes? What happens to our charter member status?
I thoroughly enjoy TQS and the community here. But, like many others the economic woes are starting to impact our lives. We were able to retire early. Now it looks like I'll be polishing my resume and hope to find a job to fill in the gaps. As someone earlier said, I'm not complaining. We've been very blessed. But, now it looks like it might be time to cut out the fun stuff and get down to business again.