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Re: [Computerbank] Fees
On Fri, 6 Jul 2001 09:59, Ken Young wrote:
> Hi All,
> Heres is my 2 cents worth as well...
> I can see the need to generate income to keep the infrastructure of
> CB going... (rent, power, telephones etc) and I can see the need to
> keep computers free for low income people. Is there another path...
> Offer to sell computers to wage earners at a price commensurate with
> their second hand value ....
I think it's worth looking at the difference between the service we
offer and our need for funds. It doesn't make sense to try to raise
revenue from the people we service - they can't afford it! More
sensible to get the revenue, in amounts large enough to be useful, from
those who can.
In doing the CB business the way we are, we're inviting people to join
our community (the omputer-aware community). We won't like
everyone, and they won't necessarily like us. Doesn't matter. The idea
was always that, if they want to give something back, it would be
encouraged - volunteering, or helping with training and support,
f'rinstance. If they don't, we wouldn't force it. If they woiuld like
to donate, fine - but we wouldn't force that either.
We're really looking for a revenue model that will sustain operations -
not a way to browbeat our users into appreciating what we Lord and Lady
Bountifuls give them (we're just a conduit, anyway - the gifts of
hardware are actually from elsewhere...). This revenue need is going to
grow into the $millions annually; we won't get that by charging $20 a
shot at whatever. Although I don't have as much of a problem with
technical people's time being charged as I do with selling hardware,
neither route will come close to raising the sort of funds we need to
keep going, let alone expand!
What we need is a fundraising group - Friends of CB?
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