(Topic ID: 236584)

Stern launches Insider Program


By westofrome

65 days ago



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  • Latest reply 27 days ago by Wolfmarsh
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    #2 65 days ago

    I’ll pay for Chris

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    #3 65 days ago

    Hmmm, maybe once Ghostbusters code is completed I'll consider signing up.

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    #4 65 days ago

    Filming my audition tape now....

    #5 65 days ago

    I'm in, now I get to buy machines 1 month earlier then everyone else!

    #6 65 days ago

    wut.

    #7 65 days ago

    I guess i'm still confused what makes Stern a "a global lifestyle brand". What does that mean?

    Also this sounds like a big waste of money... "Stern Insider. ..all I got was a lousy shirt"

    #8 65 days ago

    Honestly, I'm surprised they didn't try to have more tiers of stupid. Spend money to let you spend more money! Are people really that gaga for Stern?

    I hope that $30 gets you a shirt and that it's a nice shirt. At that point you're just slightly overpaying for a t-shirt and to get an email 5 minutes before the info shows up here.

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    #9 65 days ago
    Quoted from valgalder:

    I guess i'm still confused what makes Stern a "a global lifestyle brand". What does that mean?

    Just a fancy term all companies use these days toi try to get a loyalty vibe going. Think Apple

    Quoted from TreyBo69:

    Are people really that gaga for Stern?

    Paging Who-Dey

    #10 65 days ago
    Quoted from valgalder:

    I guess i'm still confused what makes Stern a "a global lifestyle brand". What does that mean?

    It's marketing talk for we sell stuff with our brand on it besides our core product. Think of Harley Davidson's apparel division being a substantial amount of their annual revenue.

    Stern wants to get into selling more branded t-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads, etc because of the insane profit margin.

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    #11 65 days ago

    This is not 90's console wars, where you would get in a fight with the kid at school over if Sega was better than Nintendo or whatever. I'm a pinball fan, it doesn't really matter if it's Stern, or JJP, or Spooky, etc. Are they really trying to make people Stern fanboys? I would never think of Stern as being a "lifestyle brand". It's so weird!

    #12 65 days ago
    Quoted from TreyBo69:

    Stern wants to get into selling more branded t-shirts, coffee mugs, floor mats, mouse pads, etc because of the insane profit margin.

    AKA they want to start trying to be a normal company. For years the Stern store had nothing to buy with their name on it, which is just dumb.
    So now they're trying to fix that which makes sense.

    The apparel section on the website now may get a little action going. Personally, I've never seen such a horrible collection of clothing since Ed Hardy polished Satan;s knob...but hey people loved that too.

    #13 65 days ago
    Quoted from valgalder:

    Are they really trying to make people Stern fanboys?

    I think they are trying to get people to send them $30 for nothing.
    Not a bad idea.

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    #14 65 days ago
    Quoted from valgalder:

    This is not 90's console wars, where you would get in a fight with the kid at school over if Sega was better than Nintendo or whatever. I'm a pinball fan, it doesn't really matter if it's Stern, or JJP, or Spooky, etc. Are they really trying to make people Stern fanboys? I would never think of Stern as being a "lifestyle brand". It's so weird!

    The intern at the private equity firm had an idea and they are running with it.

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    #15 65 days ago

    Is this the shitty shirt you get for $30...

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    #16 65 days ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    AKA they want to start trying to be a normal company. For years the Stern store had nothing to buy with their name on it, which is just dumb.
    So now they're trying to fix that which makes sense.
    The apparel section on the website now may get a little action going. Personally, I've never seen such a horrible collection of clothing since Ed Hardy polished Satan;s knob...but hey people loved that too.

    Stern has been leaving money on the table for years. They could have justified branded apparel and swag for years, but finally start to come around to it when there's a dozen other companies vying for mindshare in the market. It's the same people that still can't figure out how to ship a brand new game with a multitude of optional accessories ready to buy day one at exorbanate prices.

    Can't buy the Munsters? Well instead, how about you buy this $35 t-shirt and walk around as a billboard for our game.

    Mild progress...

    #17 65 days ago
    Quoted from cosmokramer:

    Is this the shitty shirt you get for $30...
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    Ugh. But respect for colored sleeves.

    #18 65 days ago
    Quoted from RCA1:

    I think they are trying to get people to send them $30 for nothing.
    Not a bad idea.

    you mean like when we payed for the ghostbusters release party?

    #19 65 days ago

    When I started reading, I thought it was $30 per month, but it is $30 a year. That is not that bad for inside stories and stuff.

    #20 65 days ago
    Quoted from Litedpinballmods:

    That is not that bad for inside stories and stuff.

    ... that will be posted here the minute it's released.

    #21 65 days ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Paging Who-Dey

    Smartass!

    #22 65 days ago
    Quoted from TreyBo69:

    Ugh. But respect for colored sleeves.

    Old dudes & Ringer T's DON'T mix!

    #24 65 days ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Old dudes & Ringer T's DON'T mix!

    What, you don't like that sausage look of their arm flab being squeezed at the end of the sleeve? It's better than seeing it wobble while they play.

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    #25 65 days ago

    Sweet, I can get advanced notice of Stern's plan to do jack shit with Ghostbusters code.

    #26 65 days ago
    Quoted from valgalder:

    I guess i'm still confused what makes Stern a "a global lifestyle brand". What does that mean?

    They probably got the idea from the relationship with Supreme.

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    #27 65 days ago
    Quoted from ForceFlow:

    They probably got the idea from the relationship with Supreme.

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    #28 65 days ago
    Quoted from TheLaw:

    Just a fancy term all companies use these days toi try to get a loyalty vibe going. Think Apple

    Paging Who-Dey

    I spit out my drink!

    #29 65 days ago

    My yearly donation to Pinside is my "Stern Insider All-Access" , not to mention access to the whole entire pinball community and not just Stern.

    My money is going to "Pinside Insider All Acccess" !!!

    #30 65 days ago

    Does this include Stern knee pads?

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    #31 65 days ago
    Quoted from jasonp:

    Do they make Stern knee pads?
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    Yes they do. The Law has some and said he uses them daily and that they are much higher quality than sterns pinball machines. He said you can’t wear them out.

    #32 65 days ago

    This feels like a jump the shark moment...

    #33 65 days ago
    Quoted from cosmokramer:

    Is this the shitty shirt you get for $30...
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    Those models are takin this shit a little too seriously

    #34 65 days ago

    I still don’t understand what I get, besides a tee that looks like I’ll need to iron it three times before wearing.

    #35 65 days ago
    Quoted from Guinnesstime:

    I still don’t understand what I get, besides a tee that looks like I’ll need to iron it three times before wearing.

    Geeze. It's not that hard......You get "stuff".

    I'm just playin', because I'm with you in that I see no value in paying $30 for "Access to everything Stern."

    #36 65 days ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    The Law has some and said...

    My knees have a thick layer of callus covering them from decades in the game; knee pads are for newbs.

    #37 65 days ago

    9K on munsters vs $30 on this. I know which one gets my money LOL

    #38 65 days ago
    Quoted from Guinnesstime:

    I still don’t understand what I get, besides a tee that looks like I’ll need to iron it three times before wearing.

    I'm guessing same swag Stern gives away at all their release party events, such as overstock items like translites of WWE / WOF / MUSTANG, etc, stickers and some promotional flyers.

    #39 65 days ago

    Well guys there's a reason johnny 12 pack isn't in the photos rubbing his fat gut and checking his blood pressure; global lifestyle brands aren't for the aged.
    They're trying to grab the up and comers (skeet)

    #40 65 days ago

    Lately it's as though Stern suddenly hired a marketing department. Website is re-vamped. Logo wear/branding launch. All things that should be expected long ago. I really don't see any value in this tiered insider program. Any important news will be shared on forums. "Early access to games" at an expense will aggravate me as a potential customer and appears as another cash grab. Lastly, considering the archaic functionality of their website over the last few years, I'm not confident providing my personal info via sign up will remain private and confidential.

    #41 65 days ago

    Stern as a “lifestyle brand” makes me roll my eyes almost as far back into my head as when a company refers to having a “universe”, as in “Marvel universe” or WWE universe”. So damn pretentious and lame.

    #42 65 days ago

    I'm sure Stern are watching this thread and can see that early on as 1 hour in, that this idea is not going to be supported by this community.

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    #43 65 days ago

    Stern doesn't care about the same 30 people bashing them.

    #44 65 days ago

    List 3-5 people that you think will join this club. You can list more people if needed.

    My picks are:

    CrazyLevi
    Tonycip
    Rarehero
    Tacshose
    Whysnow
    Squizz
    Thunderbird

    #45 65 days ago

    I'm in -when it lets me!

    #46 65 days ago

    Early access to the newest games?

    Don't mean jack shit to me but for 30 bucks a year I can see that being a valuable service for some of you NIB LE-buying lunatics.

    If in fact, it's "early access to buy" games.

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    #47 65 days ago

    The funny thing is people pay ridiculous $$ to mod out their pins head to toe, most of which is cheap garbage

    What do pinheads fear most? Missing out

    Stern will load the boat for $30. Fuggetaboutit

    #48 65 days ago
    Quoted from CrazyLevi:

    Early access to the newest games?
    Don't mean jack shit to me but for 30 bucks a year I can see that being a valuable service for some of you NIB LE-buying lunatics.
    If in fact, it's "early access to buy" games.

    It's pretty skeevy if this is all about charging people for the right to pre-pre-order

    #49 65 days ago

    Ewwww, gross.

    #50 65 days ago

    just the subscriptions from all the podcasters has paid for Gary's new Harley *

    (this was a gag Mr podcaster sir - laugh it up fuzzball!)

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