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I normally wouldn't comment on this but.... I previously owned several monthly magazines. You have a fixed printing cost regardless of how many magazines you print just to make it to press. The actual cost per magazine is much lower when you print a larger quantity. For many of these clubs the number of members would allow a larger press run and thus a lower cost per magazine. The fewer members in a club, the higher the cost to each member for the magazine. Without knowing much about the DOA or the number of members I would have to guess if there were twice the number of members, the cost per member would drop dramatically for the same benefits. Kind of a double edged sword.. More members would reduce the cost and allow more benefits, but no one wants to join a club with a high cost and no benefits.

Just my $.02


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Michael Substelny 
  To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 10:33 AM
  Subject: RE: [DML] DOA/DCS

    Josh, I recommend that the DOA board investigate how other car clubs do
  it. The insurance, publications, etc. cannot be too different from one
  national car club to another. Compared to its peers, the DOA's $75
  price tag seems awfully steep. Here are some examples:

  The Studebaker Drivers Club is as low as $10/year (no magazine option)
  or $27.50 including their excellent MONTHLY magazine "Turning Wheels":

  The Packard Club costs $40/year:

  The Bricklin International Owners Club also costs $40/year:

  The Porsche Club of America is $42/year (longer memberships cost

  Even the venerable Classis Car Club of America is only $60/year:

  The Ferrari Club of America costs $100-$135 depending on where you live,
  but they put on some spiffy events:

  I believe that the DOA offers a product similar to the Packard, Bricklin
  and Porsche clubs, so $40/year should be about right. The DOA board
  would do well to figure out how these other clubs have kept their dues
  below $75.

  - Mike Substelny
  VIN 1280



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