[sac-board] Re: Ad for Newsletter

  • From: "Tejera, Rick" <rtejera@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'sac-board@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <sac-board@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2003 13:56:49 -0400

Since I've been editor, I've run ads from non sac member at no charge if I
feel the ad may be of Interest to the membership. My reasoning: if it is
something that may be of interest then it is a benefit to the membership to
offer it. Solicitations such as this raise red flags, and I don't run ads
like "Wanted old scoping stuff" etc since the main benefit
is to the advertiser, not the members. I sent this one to the board for
opinions more to confirm my suspicion that it is a questionable undertaking
at best and an outright scam at worst, and to alert other on this list.

As far as a business membership goes, I interpret that to be one where the
member would have a running ad or logo in the newsletter for the entire
year, similar to a yellow pages ad.

Since I reserve the right to refuse ads based on content or suitability, I
don't think offering ads to non members is really anything to worry about.
Once again If anything questionable comes I I'll seek opinions from the

Clear Skies
Rick Tejera
Editor SACnews
Saguaro Astronomy Club
Phoenix, Arizona

-----Original Message-----
From: rick.rotramel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:rick.rotramel@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Wednesday, June 18, 2003 9:32 AM
To: sac-board@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [sac-board] Re: Ad for Newsletter

> Pretty much my feelings as well. Normally I'll run any aad that may be of 
> interest to SAC members, but there was just something not quite right
> about
> this. 
> Also just a side note, the fellow requested I run it "until further
> notice" 
> Just another Red Flag. 
> I will advise him that the ad is not of interest to SAC members
> Clear Skies
> Rick Tejera
> Editor SACnews
> Saguaro Astronomy Club
        All SAC members:

        I want to remind everyone that the free newsletter ads may only be
from SAC members. I don't know if this guy is a member or not. 

        The newsletter used to run a note with the ads saying the ads "were
from SAC members only" and that SAC did not carry any liability for the
items being sold.

        Help me out old timers....Gene?...Steve?...AJ?...you remember this
don't you?  

        This is exactly why we had this rule, to avoid problems such as

        For commercial ads, SAC does have a means for running them, it is
$100.00 for 12 months. It used to be on the members services page of the
newsletter along with the other SAC member dues and services. On the last
update of that page, Paul Dickson eliminated the "$100.00 ad" deal because
he said no company had taken out an ad in the newsletter since we started
that service.

        Rick R. 

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