Good day yesterday, went to Plymouth city centre just looking for anything interesting, walked into our Modelzone shop only to find the Brat & Hotshot kits still on the shelves! I had heard that the Brat had been discontinued and everywhere I had tried on the net was waiting for Hotshots but here they were.
Now I hadn't intended to buy anything as I had these models on back order but got chatting with the very helpful guy in there and when I mentioned being a member of the Tamiya club he offered me a 10% discount. I bought the Hotshot, well at just over 112 with the discount this seemed like a great deal to me. I was told that if I bring in a club card I could get this discount all the time on my Tamiya purchases.
This is my question, I wondered what others might think of having a club card, I belong to several other clubs, many smaller than this, who all issue a club card and I have found that often shops are willing to offer discounts when you present the card. It wouldn't have to be "posh" often just a small printed card is enough i.e. not the plastic credit card type which I must admit are great from the likes of Hornby - Hornby Club & Scalextric Club, also Lionel in the USA who can obviously afford this kind of thing.
Secondly if a card was made available how would it be funded, would it be optional at extra cost, would we accept another 1 on the subscription, could it be something available on line that we could access through our membership area and print ourselves? Could have choice of favourite vehicle. Here's a quick idea but it might be good to see designs from those experts out there.
Would love to hear any other views.