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The Amazon Smile program donates a small percentage (I think it's 1%) of your purchases, at no cost to you, to any non profit corporation of your choice.

The NCWoodworkers Search Results - North Carolina Woodworker virtual woodworking club that I am a member of has asked it's members to participate in this program designating NCWoodworkers as the recipient, and many of us who buy from Amazon have. NCWoodworkers now receives a payment of several hundred dollars per quarter automatically. It's not a lot, but it costs us members nothing except the time needed to set it up, which is only a few minutes one time each. Now, each time I purchase something from Amazon I just enter "www.smile.amazon.com and the rest is automatic.

The NCWoodworkers started in North Carolina, but it is open to any woodworker in the surrounding States, plus Georgia and Florida. If you are outside this area, and want to join you can make a request to the board of directors and most likely you will become a member. Since we are a "virtual club", we don't have meetings requiring attendance or dues. We get together on the website any time or any where that it is convenient for us. We have an annual picnic where we elect the new officers for the coming year and we have raffles to make money to pay for the website, the picnic, and expenses related to any of our volunteer Outreach Programs.

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Rob I swear these guys have nearly bankrupted me threw Amazon . Every time I see a new must have tool , I'm loading up my shopping cart . It's way to easy at Amazon
Yes. Waaaaay too easy. Makes it harder for me to observe my own rule of waiting 24 hours before pulling the trigger on a purchase to avoid impulse buying.
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Yes. Waaaaay too easy. Makes it harder for me to observe my own rule of waiting 24 hours before pulling the trigger on a purchase to avoid impulse buying.
Well one good thing Rob , I haven't got buyers remorse yet lol. I study the product before I jump in ,and check prices .
Some things on Amazon are over priced many times over . If you want proof I can show you some Miller welding helmets that are $400 locally , but $1400 on Amazon.

I really like when the members here do a review on a product , or give the heads up on its quality, as I trust the guys here more than some random site
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I buy a lot on Amazon, using the smile.amazon login. My contribution goes to a small foundation that really doesn't get a lot of money otherwise. When I post an item from their site, I go straight to Amazon.com, so the link is good for everyone. Smile.amazon is a really nice way to send a little cash to a cause you like. The percentage is very small, maybe a quarter of one percent.
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I buy a lot on Amazon, using the smile.amazon login. My contribution goes to a small foundation that really doesn't get a lot of money otherwise. When I post an item from their site, I go straight to Amazon.com, so the link is good for everyone. Smile.amazon is a really nice way to send a little cash to a cause you like. The percentage is very small, maybe a quarter of one percent.
That's great, Tom. Thanks for pointing out that amazon has this option.
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I know that when I used to buy a lot of books on-line, mostly used, Amazon was my next to last choice, and eBay the last.
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I know that when I used to buy a lot of books on-line, mostly used, Amazon was my next to last choice, and eBay the last.
Theo , I can add that I'm not a big fan of EBay . Been ripped off to many times to count . Actually exceeding $1000. In there defence I've had good experiences too..

Never had a bad experience with Amazon however. You have to watch your prices though.

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We have sponsors @ Hometheatershack. They advertise on the site and periodically give forum members a discout on new items during their promotional period.

I got a APC-S15 for $325 from Vann's ($1500.00 list price at the time, see them for $950 now days:.

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They also supply new products for our moderators to try out & write reviews on. Our members seem to really enjoy reading the reviews. Sometimes the sponsor will let us do a giveaway of the product. Has anybody here looked into this with this with forums sponsors here?

I could see you guys getting a new, top of the line router from "sponsor X," trying it out, writing a review + maybe a video using the product. Then starting a giveaway thread for members to participate in. I would think that would go over big here!
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They also supply new products for our moderators to try out & write reviews on. Our members seem to really enjoy reading the reviews. Sometimes the sponsor will let us do a giveaway of the product. Has anybody here looked into this with this with forums sponsors here?

I could see you guys getting a new, top of the line router from "sponsor X," trying it out, writing a review + maybe a video using the product. Then starting a giveaway thread for members to participate in. I would think that would go over big here!
A while back the owners of the forum let us know that they needed to recover the costs of the forum and were hoping to earn some money from it without resorting to charging a membership which would ultimately kill the forum. Apparently only guests see these ads, members don't.

At the time it was announced, Admin asked us (Mods) for names of potential advertisers and we proceeded to list woodworking companies to them. My personal hope at the time was that ads would run along the right hand border of the screen and it would give us an opportunity to see products and also maybe entice the vendors to offer deals or let us know about special sales. I'm not personally opposed to ads as long as they are pertinent to this site.

What actually happened is that the ads are supplied by Google (I think) as part of their cloud based system, which is what the forum runs on. It looks at your browsing cookies and then inserts ads based on that much like happens on other sites. I'm glad that Admin saw fit to only do that to guests because I think most of us would find it annoying. However, I'm sure that was the cheapest way of generating revenue because if they did it my way they would need an account exec to manage it.

One of the other issues would be who gets that tool to review. If for example I got all the tools to review it wouldn't sit well with a lot of the other members and it would become a conflict of interest in a short time. So for the time being it's best if we just give our own personal reviews.
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