Astrogoth Posted February 28, 2011 Share Posted February 28, 2011 I realize this web site is here to make money. I get that. What I don't get is the heavy handed way that it's done. One example: I went hunting the other day and found where a cache was hidden in a city park near my house. Was, because someone had stolen it. (Since it was in a sprinkler control box I suspect it was a city worker just doing his job.) When I got home I went to report it only to find the listing limited to paying members only. Huh? I can't report it missing?? Dozens of other folks will have a bad experience like I did only because The Powers That Be here didn't bother to make an exception to the members only rule. A check box would do. An "Owner Check Your Cache" box. But no. Premium only. And another thing! I'd bet that 90%+ of cache destroyers have never even heard the word geocache, let alone come here for directions to valuable "treasure". An old yo-yo or a Hot Wheels is hardly worth the effort. Yet that's the main reason given, besides making money for this site's owners, that the premium members only system is in place. For our own good? More BS. How about this then? Sell ad space here. Sell pointers to nearby or online family or outdoor/hiking related stores. Sell ad's related to the fit lifestyle. Hats, shoes, hiking sticks, kid stuff, dog stuff etc. Get sponsorship from GPS unit manufacturers. Most money gets the sub title. Geocaching Dot Com sponsored by Garmin! All these ideas take the funding weight off the users and put it on the owners. By doing this it makes the site easier and more fun to use and that in turn makes more people come here and participate in the hobby thereby making the owners more money from advertisers! All that's needed is a bit of work. Quote Link to comment
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