Have just had a renewal reminder form in the post, which included a small line to fill in if I decided not to renew so that I could explain why I was leaving the club. But have decided instead to post an open letter to the club on the forum in the hope that it creates discussion so that the club realises the extent of the problems and hopefully decides to adress them and make membership an attractive proposition again.
So current benefits are:
1] 10% discount on Corgi website items. OK, but several online retailers sell at about the same prices, so not a decisive argument to continue.
2] 3-4 magazines a year. Glossily produced on good paper, and content is slowly improving, but there's far too much padding/filler/self-promotion/junk content and the-one-size-fits-all scope is too unfocussed - I collect cars, so articles on planes or trains do nothing for me.
3] ..... um ... that's it, unless I've missed something.
Compare to what membership provided a few years ago:
a] club exclusive models
b] 8-10 well written and focussed magazines a year, with good content and articles which were significant accounts/stories
c] free mailout of catalogues during the year
d] sporadic offers for interesting stuff such as promotionals/export specials etc which were otherwise difficult/impossible to buy normally.
Basically the club in those days seemed to anticipate what us collectors might want and would then try to help. Like a club for enthusiasts should.
Compare also with what the Oxford club offers for much the same cost - club models, 8-10 magazines a year, email news updates, good website discounts, and an annually updated models guide.
I've been a member of the various Corgi and Vanguards clubs for over 15 years, so my loyalty to the cause is there on the table for you to take advantage of. But because the club has become such a pale shadow of its former self without any real incentive to justify my annual fee, I'm likely to break the link now. It seems from various other forum comments that many others have reached the same conclusion and left.
So Corgi Club organisers, what do you think you offer which makes membership attractive or worthwhile in real terms? Do you think you offer enough to make members want to renew? Do you take this situation seriously enough to rescue the club while there's still time?