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17 years 1 month ago #46773 by lunartic_old
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Hi all

I see that Astromart in the US are now charging a one off joining fee of $12. I have read complaints about Astronomy Ireland charging fees and yet this goes unnoticed.

Is this yet another example of squeezing another buck from people?

Let me know what you think.

Paul

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17 years 1 month ago #46774 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Astromart charges
I am a little enraged about it too Paul. I tried re-logging in to my Astromart account over the past 6 months, and each time, I come up as non-existant, yet I have bought and sold over it. To (re)join will cost me €12. I'm not on for it really.

It is definitely an example of a website, which became profitable, trying to squeeze another buck off people.

The AEye thing is different, don't forget - it is charging subscriptions for events, acts like a club/society etc (like most clubs here). How and what they charge for is up to them. Astromart is just a website.

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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17 years 1 month ago #46775 by dmcdona
Replied by dmcdona on topic Re: Astromart charges
Seanie - how long is it since you did any business on the site? (either buy, sell or post up a wanted item)?

My account is still live and I set it up a oouple of years back. Sure you have your username/password correct?

Cheers
Dave

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17 years 1 month ago #46776 by ayiomamitis
Replied by ayiomamitis on topic Re: Astromart charges
Gentlemen,

The $12 charge is something that came into effect in mid-December/2006 and it is a means to (indirectly) confirm a person's address and, therefore, the validity of the account.

With the old system, each new applicant had to be processed and confirmed manually. The new system in effect is a means to ease the load surrounding new accounts.

As for Seanie's problem, I am also puzzled.

Anthony Ayiomamitis
Athens, Greece
www.perseus.gr

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17 years 1 month ago #46782 by Seanie_Morris
Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re: Astromart charges

Seanie - how long is it since you did any business on the site? (either buy, sell or post up a wanted item)?

My account is still live and I set it up a oouple of years back. Sure you have your username/password correct?


Dave,
I always browsed Astromart intermittently over the past 3-odd years. If it was expired due to inactivity, then I guess about 4 months of having not logged in (at most) is a bad way of conducting their administration. As regards to the retrieval of my username/password, no e-mail address I enter gets me a response (yet I KNOW the one it was tied to).

Seanie.

Midlands Astronomy Club.
Radio Presenter (Midlands 103), Space Enthusiast, Astronomy Outreach Co-ordinator.
Former IFAS Chairperson and Secretary.

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17 years 1 month ago #46803 by voyager
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Hi all

I see that Astromart in the US are now charging a one off joining fee of $12. I have read complaints about Astronomy Ireland charging fees and yet this goes unnoticed.

Is this yet another example of squeezing another buck from people?

Let me know what you think.

Paul


Astromart is a business, AI is supposed to be a not-for-proffit club. Absolutely no comparison.

I think it's a really stupid move by Astromart and I hope it bites them on the ass financially and the reverse the policy.

Bart.

My Home Page - www.bartbusschots.ie

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