Open Letter On RockAuto

General discussion about our beloved Tercel 4WD cars
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Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by ARCHINSTL » Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:46 pm

Perhaps I am being a tad snarky, but...
When RockAuto joined the Club back in 2008 or before, I seem to recall that it paid a modest stipend to be listed in the header of each Forum (possibly wrong terms here).
Now it gets a free pass when listing its wares. Why?
I view it as being definitely different than when one of us lists a source, whether a brick and mortar store like AutoZone/Advance/et al or a specific Toy dealer; we do not work for that source.
That RockAuto Jessa is a member is irrelevant; she is an employee of RockAuto.
Many of us have purchased some major dollars from RockAuto, so in my view that is our hook for asking it for even $5 or $10 per month.
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Tom M.
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"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by Petros » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:05 pm

don't they have to pay to advertise elsewhere? Or how about a small kick back for each purchase made from members of this site? Like two percent would be a good number, than they can post all they want and it only costs them when we actually buy from them. That would also encourage more purchases of members of this site. I know I buy hundreds of dollars worth of parts from Rockauto each year to fix all our cars, not just my Tercel4wd.
'87 Tercel 4wd SR5 (current engine swap project)
'84 Tercel 4wd (daily driver, with on going mods)
'92 Mazda MPV 4wd (wife's daily driver)
'85 Tercel 4wd DLX auto(daughter's daily driver)
'01 Honda Civic (other daughter's daily driver)

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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by Neu » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:15 pm

They originally paid $30 every 6 months to be listed under the header. I havent seen money in probably a year and a half. Im fine with deleting all the threads and whatnot. Its up to you guys.

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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by larry mcgrath » Fri Jan 25, 2013 1:48 pm

NO business should be allowed to ride for FREE. Life isn't free and neither are advirts,they should pay. Larry

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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by ARCHINSTL » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:31 pm

OK - how about this: We all list approximately how much we've spent with RA since it joined in 2008, regardless of the cars involved.
I'm fine with moi sending/calling it about this.
How about last date to weigh in with dollar amounts being 2 February?

Do you Canadian guys partake of RA's services as well? I've forgotten... :oops:

Neu - what would be an appropriate monthly amount to ask for? I know that the other car sites I frequent (Miata.net, a HUGE club, Hemmings, BringaTrailer, and Toyota Nation) charge a fee of some kind.
Obviously we are not of their size and could not expect/request/demand similar dollars, but still...

Tom M.
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"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by Petros » Fri Jan 25, 2013 3:56 pm

I am sure I have spent about $1000 in the last three years, and I have more to buy right now too. should I wait?
'87 Tercel 4wd SR5 (current engine swap project)
'84 Tercel 4wd (daily driver, with on going mods)
'92 Mazda MPV 4wd (wife's daily driver)
'85 Tercel 4wd DLX auto(daughter's daily driver)
'01 Honda Civic (other daughter's daily driver)

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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by dlb » Fri Jan 25, 2013 7:21 pm

i've never used rockauto. they do ship to canada but the shipping costs outweigh any initial cost savings.

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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by ARCHINSTL » Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:42 pm

Petros wrote:I am sure I have spent about $1000 in the last three years, and I have more to buy right now too. should I wait?
I wouldn't wait if you need the parts - I could just mention "pending $."
Tom M.
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"Oh, do not ask, 'What is it?' Let us go and make our visit."
T.S. Eliot - "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
"Now and then we had a hope that, if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."
Mark Twain

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Re: Open Letter On RockAuto

Post by xirdneh » Fri Jan 25, 2013 10:27 pm

i ave spent over 1000 over the last 6 years or so
Love those Tercell 4x4 wagons but they sure suffer from road noise.

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