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bttmline
02-18-2010, 10:52 AM
I have been a life member for many years and just wondered how many other life members are on here and what your thiughts are on the new Trophy Life Membership. One thing, I do think the magazine for life was worth most of the cost of the life membership. Here is the only real gripe I have. I have only ever gotten 1 product to test it it's value may have been $3.00. Now they want us to upgrade by paying another $129.95. I just think it is a way to get more money from the life members. Your thought please!!

Eager Beaver
02-18-2010, 11:31 AM
I have been a Life Member just about from their start. I have never gotten to test any products yet. A few years ago I notified them to stop sending me the video's and garbage and then billing me for them. They billed me for something I didn't even receive and when I called them they said I owed it and needed to pay it. I told them not to send anything to me without my asking for something in the future and I would put it in writing and would be sending it to them. The last 3 or 4 mag I haven't even looked at. No, I won't be upgrading my lifetime membership. EB

Barnacle Bill
02-18-2010, 11:52 AM
I have been a Life Member just about from their start. I have never gotten to test any products yet. A few years ago I notified them to stop sending me the video's and garbage and then billing me for them. They billed me for something I didn't even receive and when I called them they said I owed it and needed to pay it. I told them not to send anything to me without my asking for something in the future and I would put it in writing and would be sending it to them. The last 3 or 4 mag I haven't even looked at. No, I won't be upgrading my lifetime membership. EB

I went thru that too. The last time it was a silver coin or something like that. I just let it lay on my work bench for several months and ignored their letters. I finally sent it back with a note saying that anything else I received from them without ordering I was either just going to keep it or throw it away, whatever I felt like doing at the time. But no way was I going to pay for it. I haven't received anything else.

Eager Beaver
02-18-2010, 01:24 PM
The only Magazine I truely liked was the In-Fisherman while the Linders owned it. When they left so did the quality of the magazine. Al use to tell you how to go to a different lake and be able to fish it successfully. That you didn't need a lot of equipment to catch fish. When they left the TV and Mag changed to forget how to catch fish just get a guide and he will show you how to get fish. I let my subscription run out and don't even watch any fishing shows anymore. The good fishing shows and mags are all advertising now with very little content on fishing. Things have changed and not for the better in my opinion. EB

STUMP HUNTER
02-18-2010, 05:34 PM
All the mags are getting bad, I got my copy of Game and Fish yesterday and only 64 pages and 32 pages of advertising. I won't be renewing any of my mags.

filletfetish
02-18-2010, 05:52 PM
Agreed upon everything 100%. They tried to get me on videos, coins, who knows what else.

As far as the magazine(s), you end up with the same acticles re-written about every 3 years. The Game and Fish are the worst, at least Indiana. Wanna know the 5 Hoosier Hotspots for crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish.....well, just get a subscription, they'll remind you year after year. :rolleyes:

Jiggin_Joe
02-18-2010, 06:53 PM
yeah they got me with books im trying to stop getting now grrrrrrrrrrrrr im a donk for even signing up!!!! new it was stupid to begin with

JJ

danny
02-18-2010, 07:51 PM
What a joke been a life member for 3 years got some good books like the magazines but for the money not worth it.Can't hold a candle to CDC have learned more on here than anywhere and lots of fine folks too so everybody buy from and support your fellow CDC brothers and keep this best site going.

Crestliner08
02-18-2010, 08:48 PM
The only Magazine I truely liked was the In-Fisherman while the Linders owned it. When they left so did the quality of the magazine. Al use to tell you how to go to a different lake and be able to fish it successfully. That you didn't need a lot of equipment to catch fish. When they left the TV and Mag changed to forget how to catch fish just get a guide and he will show you how to get fish. I let my subscription run out and don't even watch any fishing shows anymore. The good fishing shows and mags are all advertising now with very little content on fishing. Things have changed and not for the better in my opinion. EB

I totally agree. I had the original first 79 issues of the In'Fisherman, which I donated to a local school teacher for his students. The quality of information in these first 10 years was phenomenal. A true pinnacle of fishing expertise. Will never be duplicated again.

BTW...."Lindner's Angling Edge" is still on TV, on the "World Fishing Network" cable listings. Not as good as their earlier stuff, but O.K..

GCD
02-18-2010, 09:14 PM
I think P.T. Barnum had something to say about this...

Fatman
02-18-2010, 09:55 PM
I had a subscription for years and it was a good magazine. After the first free thing I told them straight out you send anything else without my asking for it and it's mine for no charge. Still got my mags but never got another freebe.

Wasn't a life member but I'd be really peved if I had a life membership and they wanted me to UPGRADE it??? Excuse me please, I've already paid.

Fatman

bttmline
02-19-2010, 12:43 PM
I am not going to do it. Just wondered what other thought. I can't believe after all this time they still try to get more money out of you after becoming a life member. I think I will go to the NAFC site and start a thread on their forums as well.

Dave Willis
02-19-2010, 06:14 PM
I'm a life member since the very earliest days and have not heard about this new membership because everything I get from them goes straight to the trash,whether it's a magazine or something they send without me asking for it and I don't pay for it.I don't pay for anything I don't order.

GCD
02-19-2010, 08:20 PM
They should really change the name to "The North American Selling Club!!!

A buddy of mine was a charter member and told me how they do their members by wanting them to buy everything they offer... sure am glad I didn't join!

Countryboy N.C.
02-19-2010, 09:02 PM
If I had it to do over I would have not become a life member, I have learned more on crappie.com in 2 years than I have in the last 10 years as a member of NAFC.

badaxed
02-19-2010, 09:27 PM
You are already there.:)

eddieb
02-19-2010, 09:27 PM
The North American fishing club and the HandieMan club are the same bunch,Ihad both at one time and they are lairs,when the fishing club sent hooks and swivels they wanted them tested,well I tried the hooks,they were so dull I could not even hook myself,when my sub. ran out there was no way I would do it again,spend your money on gas for the boat,you will feel better about it.:mad:

BigSandyRookie
02-20-2010, 12:00 AM
I have nothing good to say about them either......

deputyking
02-20-2010, 06:49 PM
I also have nothing good to say about their business practices. They have some good articles from time to time but their money tactics and the way they and the North American Hunting Club conduct their contracts is nothing short of harassment. I am stopping both subscriptions.

GRIZZ
02-20-2010, 11:53 PM
I was a member of NAFC years ago and never got anything to test plus the magazine wasn't good enough for me to keep subscribing. The only thing I like about em is the crappie magnets the still send me every year when they try to sell me another subscription.

In-Fisherman is still the best fishing mag, but they are slowly going downhill. The magazine is only about as thick as 2 quarters now. It's slicker than it used to be but has far less content. It's still a good magazine and I'll keep subscribing.

Shoemoo
02-21-2010, 04:04 AM
Many magazines are having that problem. The internet is sucking the life out of print publications, magazines included. It's just taken longer to hit the fishing scene, since up until recently most of the audience didn't view the web as a good source for info. Now people have figured out that they can find what they want online, they don't subscribe. Less subscribers leads to less advertisers, which leads to less content, which leads to less subscribers. So, a vicious circle.

It hit the more technologically focused magazines first. For example, video and computer games are another hobby of mine and where there used to be five or six major independent gaming magazines, now there's only one left. The rest are all published either by Gamestop (a retailer) or are console specific magazines published by the manufacturer of the hardware.

In 20 years I'll be very surprised if there are any print magazines on any subject left at all.

hnd
02-23-2010, 11:18 AM
Many magazines are having that problem. The internet is sucking the life out of print publications, magazines included. It's just taken longer to hit the fishing scene, since up until recently most of the audience didn't view the web as a good source for info. Now people have figured out that they can find what they want online, they don't subscribe. Less subscribers leads to less advertisers, which leads to less content, which leads to less subscribers. So, a vicious circle.

It hit the more technologically focused magazines first. For example, video and computer games are another hobby of mine and where there used to be five or six major independent gaming magazines, now there's only one left. The rest are all published either by Gamestop (a retailer) or are console specific magazines published by the manufacturer of the hardware.

In 20 years I'll be very surprised if there are any print magazines on any subject left at all.

agreed. most magazines i see, i've already read those articles online.