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Old 12-08-2009, 08:23 PM   #1
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I logged into HBT just 3 minutes or so ago, and saw that I had a private message. "Ohh" my mind went, wondering what it could be. Well, TxBrew sent me a message saying that until next Monday a year membership will be just $20.

Well, I have been thinking about getting a membership for awhile, you know, just to give back to the community here. The only problem is my extreme frugality. 20 bucks isn't really that much, but it is a full batch of beer.

So this got me thinking. What are the benefits of being a member?

Giving back to HBT is clearly number one
More Private message space (doesn't really affect me)
A picture to the left (which is actually pretty cool)
No ads
Gallery space

What do you think? Should I do it? Are you going to do it? Have you done it?

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:25 PM   #2
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I am happy being a member here. I use the site so much it seemed silly to me not to join. Plus I use a crap ton of gallery space.

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:25 PM   #3
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Pondering too.....

Access to politics and religeon forum would be good for me, but bad for everyone else there.

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:40 PM   #4
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To me it's not really what I can gain so much as what I HAVE gained. This is what makes me pay for a membership. I think it's well worth the money to give back to a community that has helped me out countless times. If I wasn't so cheap I would shell out for a lifetime membership.

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:41 PM   #5
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After I'd used the site for a few months, and knew I was getting good information, I decided I would probably be staying here long term. At that point, it just seemed right to support the place. I do like having a picture though!

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:43 PM   #6
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I've never joined an internet forum that cost money. I always thought it a ridiculous idea. Then I came here. I'm on my second year subscription with money sitting in my HBT account for next July 11th.

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:47 PM   #7
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I've even heard people discuss NOT getting the lifetime membership because they want to support each year... Yea that is my reason for only paying one year at a time!

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:49 PM   #8
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On my second re-up. The wealth of shared knowledge is definately worth the cost of membership. There are also some othere added benefits of becoming a paid supporter that you will truly enjoy. Fork over the dough and prepare to spend a good day catching up on what you didn't even know existed.

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:39 PM   #9
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I was just about ready to shell out for lifetime, and our roof started leaking Saturday. Maybe after the holidays. I agree, this is a wealth of info and much worth it.

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Old 12-08-2009, 09:43 PM   #10
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Some online HBS offer discounts to HBT members too.

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