Raiders membership?

Mister Evil Breakfast 12 January 2012 28

My girlfriend bought me a Raiders Gold Membership (I think) for Christmas – a pressie that cost a pretty penny. She bought it a few weeks before Christmas, and after a few hassles with the Raiders (including them changing their phone number and not updating their website with their new one) it arrived yesterday.

I have been a member for the past two years, and have been impressed with the Raiders merchandise for members – scarves, beanies, caps, stickers, key rings and cooler bags have all found their merry way into my house.

This year, for the low low price of $230, the merchandise pack consists of:

– 1 baseball hat, straight from the sweatshops of Vietnam

– 1 sticker

– 1 lanyard

– 1 keyring with Victor the Viking, made of the same high-quality plastic that I remember my first police badge was made out of at age 5.

– 1 “boot bag” that looks more like a clutch purse. I do not play football, and rarely find myself requiring an extra pair of shoes too often. And when I do, I doubt that this bag would be big enough to handle a pair of thongs.

The membership page on the website still listed the 2011 membership merchandise (until today, apprently) instead of the 2012 treasure trove of plastic goodness that appears was picked out by someone who has never spent a Friday night at Canberra Stadium in the middle of winter.

I don’t want to sound like a miserable, jaded old Raiders fan, but if they are serious about building their membership numbers, gaining respect and becoming a professional outfit once again, I would wholeheartedly suggest upgrading their marketing and merchandise. When asked about scarves, the Raiders response was “there’s a new NRL outlet open in Woden, you can probably buy one there.”

It’ll be sad if the Raiders can’t afford to remain in the NRL, but if they continue to treat their fans this way, they’ll have no one to blame but themselves.

PS. $40 to get into the ground for non-members? No wonder you only get 50 people turning up to games.


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2604 2604 1:30 pm 13 Jan 12

Mister Evil Breakfast said :

Surely you have some gay whales to give land rights to?

There’s no time for any of that mate. I’m totally preoccupied with the fact that my free Raiders “boot bag” looks too much like a clutch purse and is too small for the second pair of shoes that I never actually need.

poetix said :

Surprised you didn’t mention the need for flat taxation. Isn’t that more your idée fixe than these ‘bleeding heart’ issues?

The issues are real enough. The problem is that people like yourself advocate endless taxing and spending by government to fix them.

poetix poetix 1:06 pm 13 Jan 12

2604 said :

Forget about the growing numbers of homeless, climate change and the Euro being on the verge of collapse. What I really want to know is, why didn’t I get a free scarf with my footy tickets this year?

Surprised you didn’t mention the need for flat taxation. Isn’t that more your idée fixe than these ‘bleeding heart’ issues? (You need lessons in making your sarcasm more obvious, methinks.)

Nothing would get me to a League game, regardless of the show-bags, but that’s just a personal preference.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 1:03 pm 13 Jan 12

Thumper said :

Jethro said :

2604 said :

Forget about the growing numbers of homeless, climate change and the Euro being on the verge of collapse. What I really want to know is, why didn’t I get a free scarf with my footy tickets this year?

I’m so sick of people using arguments like this as a means of countering a post on here.

You may not ever whinge about anything ever because there is a third world. Stupid.

You have never complained about anything ever I assume?

+1

+2

NoImRight NoImRight 12:28 pm 13 Jan 12

Mister Evil Breakfast said :

NoImRight said :

That lanyard sounds pretty sweet.

I don’t want to make rash generalisations about the people of Canberra or their occupations, but I daresay that your workplace has given you a better one.

I appreciate your confidence in my career.

Mister Evil Breakfast Mister Evil Breakfast 12:24 pm 13 Jan 12

2604 said :

Forget about the growing numbers of homeless, climate change and the Euro being on the verge of collapse. What I really want to know is, why didn’t I get a free scarf with my footy tickets this year?

Sorry tiger – why are you commenting on a forum about rugby league? Surely you have some gay whales to give land rights to?

Duffbowl Duffbowl 11:27 am 13 Jan 12

2604 said :

Forget about the growing numbers of homeless, climate change and the Euro being on the verge of collapse. What I really want to know is, why didn’t I get a free scarf with my footy tickets this year?

I believe this begs the question: what are you doing about the three issues mentioned? Could it be a touch of chardonnay socialism?
Cin cin.

Duffbowl Duffbowl 11:23 am 13 Jan 12

qbngeek said :

I remember, as a kid, we used to go and watch the Sydney Swans play in Sydney for free becuase they were so woefully bad that they would just open the gates to everyone to try and get people in the staduim. Even when it was free, I remember a few times that we would sit down and have no one within 20 metres of us in the grandstands the the entire stadium was nearly empty.

Ahh, the joys of the early 90s, when one would wander through Kings Cross, stop at Hungry Jacks, buy the cheapest burger and receive a ticket to the Swans. A few travellers for the walk to the SCG and it was a grand day. Particularly if you weren’t a Swans fan, as you could look forward to mocking the legion of Red and White wallies as they filed sullen faced and quiet from the ground. 🙂

Thumper Thumper 9:18 am 13 Jan 12

Jethro said :

2604 said :

Forget about the growing numbers of homeless, climate change and the Euro being on the verge of collapse. What I really want to know is, why didn’t I get a free scarf with my footy tickets this year?

I’m so sick of people using arguments like this as a means of countering a post on here.

You may not ever whinge about anything ever because there is a third world. Stupid.

You have never complained about anything ever I assume?

+1

Jethro Jethro 8:59 am 13 Jan 12

2604 said :

Forget about the growing numbers of homeless, climate change and the Euro being on the verge of collapse. What I really want to know is, why didn’t I get a free scarf with my footy tickets this year?

I’m so sick of people using arguments like this as a means of countering a post on here.

You may not ever whinge about anything ever because there is a third world. Stupid.

You have never complained about anything ever I assume?

qbngeek qbngeek 8:53 am 13 Jan 12

chewy14 said :

The Raiders averaged what?, 12500 people last year?
Brumbies, 13 000?

In a stadium that fits 25 000.

I honestly don’t think cost is the major factor in these crowd numbers, rather the woeful standard that both teams played at.

Maybe dropping their prices would increase crowds but I doubt it.

I remember, as a kid, we used to go and watch the Sydney Swans play in Sydney for free becuase they were so woefully bad that they would just open the gates to everyone to try and get people in the staduim. Even when it was free, I remember a few times that we would sit down and have no one within 20 metres of us in the grandstands the the entire stadium was nearly empty.

chewy14 chewy14 8:15 am 13 Jan 12

AG Canberra said :

As a comparison – $42.50 for a family of 4 to attend a Big Bash game in Sydney. Excellent live entertainment for three hours for less than it costs to go to the movies.

First season of big bash though.
They’re keeping the prices low to try and build a following and they’ve also been trying to sell it as a drawcard on FOXTEL

Just wait, those prices won’t be around for long, not with the money the players are getting paid.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 7:47 am 13 Jan 12

As a comparison – $42.50 for a family of 4 to attend a Big Bash game in Sydney. Excellent live entertainment for three hours for less than it costs to go to the movies.

2604 2604 10:04 pm 12 Jan 12

Forget about the growing numbers of homeless, climate change and the Euro being on the verge of collapse. What I really want to know is, why didn’t I get a free scarf with my footy tickets this year?

Not to mention the free keyring not being the same quality as the fine keyrings of yesteryear. How disrespectful to fans! Seriously, if the current, low-quality keyrings mean that the Raiders can’t stay in the NRL – a huge risk, I’m sure you’ll agree – they’ll only have themselves to blame.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 7:23 pm 12 Jan 12

People support the raiders?

Well isn’t today just full of surprises!

bd84 bd84 7:22 pm 12 Jan 12

chewy14 said :

The Raiders averaged what?, 12500 people last year?
Brumbies, 13 000?

In a stadium that fits 25 000.

I honestly don’t think cost is the major factor in these crowd numbers, rather the woeful standard that both teams played at.

Maybe dropping their prices would increase crowds but I doubt it.

They may have got those numbers by counting all the players, support staff, ground staff, food stall staff, police, paramedics and bus drivers. If you sit in the ground, I’d say the actual numbers would be much much less, even less with the number of tickets they give away.

Anyway, the cheap members kit is pretty much standard from what I have seen across many teams. Probably made worse by the Raiders not having a jumper sponsor..

Mister Evil Breakfast Mister Evil Breakfast 5:18 pm 12 Jan 12

NoImRight said :

That lanyard sounds pretty sweet.

I don’t want to make rash generalisations about the people of Canberra or their occupations, but I daresay that your workplace has given you a better one.

Holepunch Holepunch 4:44 pm 12 Jan 12

Stop your sulking!

chewy14 chewy14 4:38 pm 12 Jan 12

The Raiders averaged what?, 12500 people last year?
Brumbies, 13 000?

In a stadium that fits 25 000.

I honestly don’t think cost is the major factor in these crowd numbers, rather the woeful standard that both teams played at.

Maybe dropping their prices would increase crowds but I doubt it.

Mister Evil Breakfast Mister Evil Breakfast 4:16 pm 12 Jan 12

Mister Evil Breakfast said :

chewy14 said :

So you’re paying less than $20 a game to go to the footy and you expect a massive bag of goodies as well?

Yes.

If they charged everyone $20 a game to go to the footy, they’d see an additional 10,000 people there every week.

NoImRight NoImRight 4:13 pm 12 Jan 12

That lanyard sounds pretty sweet.

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