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On 9/19/2020 at 2:27 AM, mustakorppi said:

How long since you guys have actually tried the basic member experience on the official app? Or downloading all your caches as individual gpx files to your gpsr I guess. 

When I started I had neither a smart phone or a hand held GPS, so forget having an app. I printed out the cache on the back of waste paper. I did have a car GPS (they are no good away from the road) which got me close to the cache, but then I had to check the print out of the map and look for other ways to find the cache, such as to attempt to track where others had walked. Sometimes I just stood back and thought, where would I hide a cache. I found 180 caches this way, before I bought a GPS. Then I also paid my first membership. That's when I discovered caches I hadn't been able to see. Was I upset about this? Absolutely not; I thought it was wonderful I hadn't been able to see them, as now I had another set of caches close to home (when I thought I had found them all) I could enjoy finding. I considered them an unexpected present.

I didn't get an app until two or three years ago, as phone data was too expensive to buy. But I continued to pay a membership, because the site doesn't run on the fun people are having; it needs hard, cold cash. Over several years, the GPS was far cheaper than paying data on a phone. And I still have and use a GPS.

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9 hours ago, thebruce0 said:

The more "free" something is to use, the more "we" become the products because income has to be generated from advertising and generally invasive content.

 

There are tools for that. All tracking/ads/cookies/scripts are off by default except when I allow them.

 

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3 hours ago, mustakorppi said:

But I have strongly hinted that yes, you do have to pay it to make geocaching at all viable. Bragging about how hard you had it back in the day is not a convincing counterargument. People playing Adventure Labs for free right now don’t have to go uphill both ways in the snow to do it.

 

This is how my caching days generally play out:

  • I look at the Browse map (not the Search map) to see what caches might be interesting in the place I'm visiting - A BASIC MEMBER CAN DO THAT (apart from PMO caches)
  • I open those cache pages on my PC, read through the descriptions and look at recent logs - A BASIC MEMBER CAN DO THAT
  • I download the GPX files onto my Garmin - A BASIC MEMBER CAN DO THAT
  • I head off to my destination, turn on the Garmin and try to find those caches - A BASIC MEMBER CAN DO THAT
  • When I get home, I turn on my PC and compose my logs for the day - A BASIC MEMBER CAN DO THAT

The only difference being a PM makes to my typical caching day is being able to see PMO caches and, if there's a bunch of related caches in the area I'm visiting, being able to run a PQ instead of downloading each one individually. The rest of the PM "benefits" are fairly peripheral to my enjoyment of the game, but I'm still happy to pay my $A52.08 each year for them and to support the hobby.

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I became a premium member because I enjoyed a cache so much I wanted to give it a favourite point.  That was back in 2012 and I just keep giving FPs.

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7 hours ago, mustakorppi said:

But I have strongly hinted that yes, you do have to pay it to make geocaching at all viable.

Okay, I give up. What does it take for geocaching as a basic member to be "at all viable"?

 

Because the techniques I've used to find hundreds of caches as a basic member are still available.

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9 hours ago, mustakorppi said:

But I have strongly hinted that yes, you do have to pay it to make geocaching at all viable.

Bragging about how hard you had it back in the day is not a convincing counterargument. 

 

That's odd... our first hundred or so FTFs were as basic members.   That's not successful ?     :)   

We became PM just for notifications.  Our caching wasn't affected at all.   I still load caches manually.  

My pm money goes to keeping basic membership free.

No bragging of how hard things were here.  Other than quitting beta-testing for newbs with no clue, caching hasn't changed that much.  ;)

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I was a basic member for about 4 hours. I found a cache with a mate, as a basic member, went home and looked up the website - 'wait? there's more?' - 'shut up and take my money!'. Haven't regretted it for a second. I make heavy use of pocket queries/notifications/FPs etc. My eldest son got his own account a few months after, premium, my youngest son in the past year or so - another premium..... they want to be able to hand out FPs too..... Even with three premium memberships to cough for, its still a cheap part of our geocaching year.

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1 hour ago, lee737 said:

.. Even with three premium memberships to cough for, its still a cheap part of our geocaching year.

I guess it's a lot cheaper than joining the local kids' soccer club.

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