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Appliantology: GOOD News and BETTER News!

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Well, mah breverens, I have GOOD news and I have BETTER news!

First, the GOOD news: Appliantology will continue to be here as the web’s premiere appliance tech support community for the foreseeable future! Also, our increased focus on professional tech support (rather than DIYers) over the last couple of years has transformed the site into a strong community of techs with a vastly improved quality of posts and tech resources.

Now, the BETTER news: The membership fee for a Professional Appliantologist membership is going up by ONLY $3.34/month! 

I know, crazy, right? In spite of all the enhancements and improvements to the site and our increased costs of keeping the lights on here at Appliantology, we crunched the numbers and we only have to increase our Professional Appliantologist fees by a measly three-something bucks per month. Phew! We were worried it would have to be higher. But NO!

Those of you who’ve been around for awhile know that we’ve really upped our game over the years, going from a very low overhead part-time pastime to a robust site on a dedicated server with an IT guy to make sure we are a fast and reliable resource for your business or career. Plus we’ve added regular live webinar events that have become a popular feature for many techs.

Here’s a recap of all the fantastic features and benefits available to Professional Appliantologists:

  • All-star access to the Techs-only forums

  • UNLIMITED service manual downloads!

  • If a tech doc you need isn't already in the Downloads section of the site, you can request one and we'll get it for you

  • Free admission to the Samurai's live tech training webinars

  • Free access to webinar recordings

  • Free access to Samurai's Video Classroom

  • Free access to the Appliantology chat room

For most of Appliantology’s long and storied history, the membership fees didn’t accurately reflect the true cost of running the site because the site also generated significant income from Google ads and parts sales to DIYers. But both of these income streams continue to dwindle, so we are going to be increasing the membership fees in February from the current $109/year to $149/year (only $12.42 per month, paid annually).

But wait! Incredibly, there’s MORE GOOD NEWS:  I’m announcing this now so existing members can have the option to extend their current membership another year at the existing rates. New members who subscribe before the fee increase will also get the existing rate. 

The Professional Appliantologist membership fee increase occurs on February 15, 2016. So if you’re considering getting a Professional Appliantologist membership for the first time or renewing your existing membership, NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!

P.S. I know you’re going to be shocked--SHOCKED!-- to find out that whenever I have to increase prices, I get a few complaints. I have to say it always surprises me, since most of us understand that the costs of running a business go up over time, and we just have to adjust our pricing accordingly. Let’s see - an extra $3.34/month means you may have to charge your customers about 4 cents extra per service call. I think your business will survive. B)

 

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And to add even more good news... if anyone does want to take advantage of the 30% discount you can get over here by being a student at the MSTA, you can get a discount over there by using the secret coupon code that a graduate like me can give to you! It's like free money!

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3 hours ago, Smashycomman said:

you can get a discount over there by using the secret coupon code that a graduate like me can give to you! It's like free money!

Hot dayyam! It's like money for nothin' and all your kicks for free! String it, Laura...

 

 

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Mark Knopfler interview about the inspiration behind money for nothing.

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UPDATE: Several members have requested that they be allowed to extend their existing Professional Appliantologist membership at the current rates. This is a reasonable request that we are happy to accommodate.

But the software gremlins have once again reared their ugly heads and we have uncovered a bug in the software that prevents this feature from working correctly. We are currently working with the software developers to get this corrected.

So the upshot is that we will NOT be increasing the membership fee on February 15 as originally planned. The fee increase will only go into effect after we have corrected the bug AND have given everyone who wants to the opportunity to extend their membership at the current rates. We will announce this both here in this post and in our newsletter.

If you are not currently subscribed to our free newsletter, you may do so here: Newsletter

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UPDATE 2: We squished the bugzilla that was preventing the unlimited renew feature from working. So the Professional Appliantologist membership fee increase is set to go into effect this Friday, February 19, 2016. 

The new membership fee applies to all Professional Appliantologists, whether or not they are an MST Academy student. 

If you are currently a Professional Appliantologist, you may extend your membership at the current ridiculously low membership fee of $109 for as many years as you like by going to the Manage your Purchases page and selecting "Renew."  

If you are not yet a Professional Appliantologist, now is your chance to become one before the fee increase this Friday-- just click here to upgrade your account

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If you have the STA Student Membership, you will not be able to renew that, since it has been discontinued. However, what you can do is purchase a Professional Appliantologist membership at its current price, before it increases this Friday. You can do that by clicking on the Memberships tab in the menu at the top of the page.

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