(Topic ID: 236584)

Stern launches Insider Program


By westofrome

7 months ago



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    #101 7 months ago

    I know outrage is easy to generate on the net, but holy hell we're talking about a $30 getting you a t-shirt here. This is not a hill to die on.

    #102 7 months ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    This is not a hill to die on.

    I was seeing it more as a molehill to chuckle at.

    #103 7 months ago
    Quoted from Graysonsdad:

    Any idea what the discounted prices are?

    Yep. PM me as I’m not allowed to post those prices publicly.

    #104 7 months ago

    What a rip off. For $30 I could get a personalized letter and a bag of dirt from the Roswell crash site from wantdataeast

    #105 7 months ago

    Any ideas what this could be? I googled purple martin. Its a bird.

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    #106 7 months ago

    I signed up, looking forward to seeing what it has to offer.

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    #107 7 months ago
    Quoted from Graysonsdad:

    Any ideas what this could be? I googled purple martin. Its a bird.
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    That is a man-bun

    #108 7 months ago
    Quoted from RandomGuyOffCL:

    They need some plus size models...

    They also need fat ass shirts. Come on XXXl shirts

    #109 7 months ago
    Quoted from frolic:

    I know outrage is easy to generate on the net, but holy hell we're talking about a $30 getting you a t-shirt here. This is not a hill to die on.

    Yeah the last Stern T-Shirt I received cost me $5,000 in 2016 so $30 is a bargain since you are also getting super secret Stern Access, oh ahhhhhh

    #110 7 months ago
    Quoted from Graysonsdad:

    Any ideas what this could be? I googled purple martin. Its a bird.
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    From wikipedia: The purple martin (Progne subis) is the largest North American swallow. They are known for their speed and agility in flight, and when approaching their housing, will dive from the sky at great speeds with their wings tucked.

    In one of the Monty Python movies they ask "What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?"

    A Monty Python pin is next!!!

    #111 7 months ago

    Purple Martin... the most obvious answer would be 'Prince'.

    #112 7 months ago

    Chief MARTIN Brody....

    Woo hoo Jaws is next

    #113 7 months ago
    Quoted from ezatnova:

    That is a man-bun

    It is a bird nest.

    #114 7 months ago

    I've heard from a few places Jaws is next, so that fits.

    #115 7 months ago
    Quoted from Graysonsdad:

    Any idea what the discounted prices are?

    Is it $29.99, once you've paid your $29.99 membership?

    #116 7 months ago
    Quoted from Bublehead:

    during the Stern factory tour, they had Stern merch for sale. All of the Stern Employees had these cool “BOOM!” Deadpool shirts on... they kept them as a perk for Stern employees only. Great way to ID Stern employees all weekend... I would have given them $30 bucks for just the Boom! Shirt alone,

    And then people could have sneaked around the factory area disguised as an employee, surreptitiously posting photos of everything.

    Quoted from xTheBlackKnightx:

    I am sure Stern Army members would join this club eagerly.

    You have no idea how the Stern Army program works Chris. TL:DR version, they send me prize support for my events, I organize competitions and send them info. Win-win.

    #117 7 months ago

    Spielberg directed Jaws and The Color Purple.

    #118 7 months ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Spielberg directed Jaws and The Color Purple.

    And 'Always,' '1941'...

    #119 7 months ago
    Quoted from DennisDodel:

    Spielberg directed Jaws and The Color Purple.

    So you're thinking mashup?

    #120 7 months ago
    Quoted from Graysonsdad:

    Any ideas what this could be? I googled purple martin. Its a bird.
    [quoted image]

    Its Batman

    #121 7 months ago

    Purple Bird

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    #122 7 months ago
    Quoted from jasonp:

    Purple Bird
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    #123 7 months ago

    You know, I think once I spend the money to buy a nib....I should automatically be privy to Stern intel and ability to order a game first (not that I want to).
    CGC is already doing that through number matching....and it’s free.

    #124 7 months ago
    Quoted from delt31:

    I just joined and they emailed me new code for ghostbusters! This thing is already paying for itself!

    Did they throw in some Spike node board schematics too??

    #125 7 months ago
    Quoted from Graysonsdad:

    Any ideas what this could be? I googled purple martin. Its a bird.

    Super Dave Osborne

    #126 7 months ago
    Quoted from Guinnesstime:

    CODE UPDATES. GAME SUPPORT. It's coming...

    changing yearly fee for repair docs / software / Restore software is a bad idea with the up coming right to repair laws.

    $30 year is not to bad But it's can be a gateway to you must pay XX to be an certified repair shop / have the right to buy parts / get some repair / restore software is Why people are fighting for right to repair.

    #127 7 months ago
    Quoted from bobukcat:

    Did they throw in some Spike node board schematics too??

    Right to repair need docs that are not under an paywall or when you buy an 6K+ device you should not need to pay $30/year or more to get the repair docs.

    #128 7 months ago

    That is incredible! Had to google it, it’s not photoshopped, and the guy amazingly survived unscratched. And promptly showed his kids the footage.

    Makes me feel better as an American having read that “cowboy pinball” thread to know there are dumb dumbs in many lands (of course the Norwegian fools turn out to be surgeons in their day jobs, but who’s counting).

    #129 7 months ago

    With Stern Tee's costing $19.99 the cost is really only $10

    #130 7 months ago
    Quoted from Graysonsdad:

    Any ideas what this could be? I googled purple martin. Its a bird.
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    Godzilla? I was wrong on GOT code name however so my track record is 0/1 right now.

    #131 7 months ago

    Is this from the same putz who came up with the BM66 SLE video contest?

    #132 7 months ago
    Quoted from valgalder:

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

    It means they are owned by the same company that owns Harley Davidson?

    #133 7 months ago
    Quoted from Darcy:

    Purple Martin... the most obvious answer would be 'Prince'.

    Could just be a play on Primus' Purple Onion

    #134 7 months ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    It means they are owned by the same company that owns Harley Davidson?

    And Gibson too!

    #135 7 months ago
    Quoted from vid1900:

    It means they are owned by the same company that owns Harley Davidson?

    Sounds about right ...

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    #136 7 months ago

    Does the stern shirt ship without the sleeves , then the sleeves are offered as code updates , so you have the shirt a couple years wearing it incomplete until you put the sleeves on.

    #137 7 months ago
    Quoted from YeOldPinPlayer:

    You have no idea how the Stern Army program works Chris. TL:DR version, they send me prize support for my events, I organize competitions and send them info. Win-win.

    I am familiar with the terms based on operators and their tournaments.
    As I updated from my first posting, Stern Army members should get this subscription "Insider" program for free anyway.
    They all contributed enough.

    This is just an attempt at garnishing an extra $30 (although I recognize this is equivalent to an annual magazine subscription and quite insignificant) from Stern fans per year. I have doubts for example that George Gomez is going to "throw open the doors" to the Stern design department. Most of the material that will be offered in terms of information can be obtained from various other industry sources anyway. I don't see any significant benefits, unless people really believe this was a soft hearted marketing attempt? Very difficult to judge any type of value right now.

    What I don't like is where these kinds of actions lead to in the future, as it often gives companies an excuse to be exploitive, and we have enough of that already.

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    #138 7 months ago

    So the fact that I basically buy every new stern production game that comes out gets me nothing. Way to treat loyal customers by asking me to join a club.

    #139 7 months ago

    Don't you guys think you are taking this a little too seriously? It's a fan club.

    #140 7 months ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    Don't you guys think you are taking this a little too seriously? It's a fan club.

    ...that charges money annually. it's just the principle of it all.

    #141 7 months ago
    Quoted from Wolfmarsh:

    Don't you guys think you are taking this a little too seriously? It's a fan club.

    Quoted from Lermods:

    ...that charges money annually. it's just the principle of it all.

    And if you have to join to receive things like schematics, then I really don’t like it. I have no problem buying a paper copy of schematics at a reasonable price; even though they should have been included in my NIB purchase. but if I have to pay to be able to buy, that’s not right.

    I just want to give you cash for your product. I don’t want to join your mailing list in the meantime.

    Any real information that Stern Club members learn, will be on pinside within minutes. So am I paying a club membership just to buy Stern products?

    #142 7 months ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    And if you have to join to receive things like schematics, then I really don’t like it. I have no problem buying a paper copy of schematics at a reasonable price; even though they should have been included in my NIB purchase. but if I have to pay to be able to buy, that’s not right.
    I just want to give you cash for your product. I don’t want to join your mailing list in the meantime.
    Any real information that Stern Club members learn, will be on pinside within minutes. So am I paying a club membership just to buy Stern products?

    If the schematics ever become available they will be available to everyone, not just members of this club lol. Come on man you know better than that.

    #143 7 months ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    Come on man you know better than that.

    I never give stern the benefit of the doubt. The proof is in the pudding. 6 more days till stern said they would be available

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    #144 7 months ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    I never give stern the benefit of the doubt. The proof is in the pudding. 6 more days till stern said they would be available

    If you hate Stern so much why do you even care about schematics? Not like you are going to buy their games anyway.

    #145 7 months ago
    Quoted from Lermods:

    ...that charges money annually. it's just the principle of it all.

    Look around, there are LOTS of fan clubs that charge annually.

    https://www.charliedaniels.com/join - $25 annually
    https://www.toolband.com/tool-army - $50 annually
    https://www.harley-davidson.com/us/en/owners/hog/membership-types.html - $25+ annually

    Do you realize how many pinball fans there are out there that can't buy a pin? This is a low cost entry into being a Stern pinball fan. I still don't get the anger. If it isn't your thing that's cool, but why get so jacked up over other people paying $30 and having some fun?

    I'll also happily say that I'm a twitch supporter of Jack Danger's.

    #146 7 months ago
    Quoted from Who-Dey:

    If you hate Stern so much why do you even care about schematics? Not like you are going to buy their games anyway.

    I bought GoT Pre NIB. (As far as I know, I got mine 1st in the world) I still have it. I’d like to fix it if a problem arises

    Thanks for the quick judgment of me.

    #147 7 months ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    And if you have to join to receive things like schematics, then I really don’t like it.

    I cannnot tell if you are serious with this, but when people in this thread said you’ll have to join the fan club to get schematics and code updates, they were joking. If and when Stern makes this pronouncement, or threatens to cut your brake lines if you don’t join, then by all means hit the roof.

    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    Any real information that Stern Club members learn, will be on pinside within minutes. So am I paying a club membership just to buy Stern products?

    Yes. Plus you get a t-shirt and a video of Gomez and Ritchie walking around the production floor. Don’t care for any of it? Congrats, you just saved yourself $30!

    #148 7 months ago
    Quoted from Luckydogg420:

    Thanks for the quick judgment of me.

    My judgement of you isnt a quick judgement at all. I have read post after post of you bashing the United States, Americans, Stern, and you are just generally a negative person about everything. Thats how my judgement of you was formed. Sorry, not being a dick but its just the truth.

    #150 7 months ago

    I don't know if I'm willing to join this but $30 a year could be ANY fan club........

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