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Post by Amskeptic » Sun Apr 24, 2011 5:42 pm

According to the IAC expense analyst, I am in trouble. Using last year's analytics, average distance to each customer was 432 miles. Average fuel mileage was 18.3 mpg. Average fuel cost to each call was $79.00. Using last year's numbers with today's gas prices expected to settle in the $4.00-$4.25 range, I will be averaging $101.00 in fuel expenses just to show up at your door asking for a cup of coffee. If I have fewer visits than last year, the distance-per goes up.
Please offer your input:

A) Restore rates back to $420.00

B) Keep the current $400.00 and ask only for voluntary contribution.

What say you?
Colin
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Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 104,650 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
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Re: Gas Prices

Post by Hippie » Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:14 pm

$420, but coffee is now $20 a cup at my house.
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Post by Amskeptic » Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:32 pm

Hippie wrote:$420, but coffee is now $20 a cup at my house.
HAhaaahahahhaaaahahaaaaaa, you da FUNNY MAN, hey VITO? Get dis guy, he is FUNNY, HAHAHHHAAAAHAAAAAAA, YaH I want TWO cups of coffee, haaahhahaaahahaaaHAAAAAHA, skivosa.
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Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 104,650 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,885 miles

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Post by hambone » Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:52 pm

Ya gotta raise your rates.
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Post by dingo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:05 pm

C) improve your MPG
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Post by airkooledchris » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:38 am

an across the board increase would seem to make the most sense, so it guarantee's (as much as possible) covering expenses. depending on donations is nice because in this community you could probably count on it happening, but you cannot guarantee it and id rather see everyone pay that worry that a trip might not be in the cards at some future date.....

im also worried that my stop could be cost prohibitive with the swing from Oregon to Colorado before trekking back to Humboldt county.
of course if it came to that id gladly just cruz to whatever spot out in the middle of nowhere that makes more sense driving distance and weather wise, as ive seen what you can do without a garage or access to a workshop full of tools. county mile marker 3489 at 9am? :tongue:
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Post by Amskeptic » Mon Apr 25, 2011 9:47 am

airkooledchris wrote:an across the board increase would seem to make the most sense, so it guarantee's (as much as possible) covering expenses. depending on donations is nice because in this community you could probably count on it happening, but you cannot guarantee it and id rather see everyone pay that worry that a trip might not be in the cards at some future date.....

im also worried that my stop could be cost prohibitive with the swing from Oregon to Colorado before trekking back to Humboldt county.
of course if it came to that id gladly just cruz to whatever spot out in the middle of nowhere that makes more sense driving distance and weather wise, as ive seen what you can do without a garage or access to a workshop full of tools. county mile marker 3489 at 9am? :tongue:
That was an idiotic cut-n-paste courtesy Hair-trigger Google Chrome. Thanks for pointing that out. If I had dates next to that, you'd have grounds to commit me to a nice sanitarium.
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BobD - 1978 Bus . . . . . . . . . . . 111,155 miles
Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,820 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 104,650 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . . 55,570 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 78,885 miles

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Post by THall » Mon Apr 25, 2011 11:04 am

420 is no problem.....we all need to pitch in to keep this great service going. Thanks Colin!
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Post by glasseye » Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:35 pm

dingo wrote:C) improve your MPG

Get a Sprin.... no, never mind. : )

Honestly, given the exigencies, $420 doesn't sound that much worse than $400, especially considering the value given.

Actually, now that I think of it, 420 is an EXCELLENT figure. :rr:
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Post by Lanval » Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:57 pm

Seriously, the Portland/Eugene crowd probably prefer 420, er $420...

Anyway, I vote for moving it to $450 to make it a round number and to encourage you to:

1. Live slightly less on the edge
2. Finish your book

In that order, I guess, though number 2 is higher on my personal list of desires at some level.

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Post by hambone » Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:01 pm

#2 must be done.
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Post by airkooledchris » Wed Apr 27, 2011 2:02 pm

glasseye wrote:Get a Sprin.... no, never mind. : )
nah, wait till they are 30 years old and then pick one up. they'll be more interesting then. =)

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Post by BellePlaine » Wed Apr 27, 2011 5:15 pm

Have you considered placing some modest advertising on thesamba, busdepot, germansupply, etc? Maybe the IAC facebook page could solicit for appointments to all of its friends? Maybe offer a free day to an un-or-underemployeed IAC member for bringing in a few new customers? I just have a hard time believing that your list isn't way more full then it is. What about a short video (Neil?) explaning what you do and how to book an appointment that we could pass around to our non-iac vw friends?
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Post by Lanval » Thu Apr 28, 2011 12:35 am

I did marketing and sales for years. I think it'd be easy to do a range of things to up the IAC revenue, but have until now kept my trap shut on account of the fact that I assume Mr. C prefers things his own way ~ the extra time and space seems to suit him.

Colin? Are you looking to fill in that schedule? If so, how much ?

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Post by locoqueso » Thu Apr 28, 2011 4:15 am

I'm in at $420
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