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Raiders membership?

By 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 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 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.

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

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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 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 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 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 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

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