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  • Is anyone else getting postcards from USEF?

    I keep getting postcards from USEF asking me to call them with my biographical information. Has anyone else gotten them? I see it as a waste of my membership money for them to print a directory.

  • #2
    I got one too.

    Perhaps for an online directory as well/instead?
    Coruscant Stables


    • #3
      My *guess* is that the directory is produced by a third party company... who will then offer the directories for sale. That's how it works in other industries (like the "Who's Who in Industry X".) The solicitation is part of the cost of producing the book, and the revenues are split between the organization furnishing the membership list and the company producing the book itself.

      Just a guess on my part - I suppose you could call and inquire.
      We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.


      • #4
        I got one too. I just threw it out, but I agree, not a good use of my membership dues.
        ~I didn't say it was your fault. I said I was blaming you.~


        • #5
          I've gotten two and they went right into my round (trash) file. They want you to then BUY the directory for lots of money! With members names and addreses.I guess maybe someone might want. NOT ME !!


          • #6
            got them too

            I thought it was for renewals so i called to follow up. It was apparent to me that the person answering the phone was not affilated with the USEF. I was curious and I asked her what USEF stood for and she had no clue but continued to fish for my information.

            I hung up and tossed the card out and forgot about it til now.


            • #7
              I called and they spit back info that the USEF
              already had - name, address, phone, email, horses
              names. Then they asked if I would support the USEF
              by purchasing the book, for two installments of 49.95
              each. I said there is no way I would pay to have my
              information published. David has a lot of nerve putting
              his signature on the card with it saying URGENT in big
              letters. I am beyond annoyed with the USEF.



              • #8
                Originally posted by hoofhearted View Post
                I got one too. I just threw it out, but I agree, not a good use of my membership dues.

                Not to mention that they could save trees and postage by sending an email instead of a postcard.


                • #9
                  The USPC did this as well this year...
                  Coruscant Stables


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cgray0983 View Post
                    The USPC did this as well this year...
                    Yes! I keep getting information requests from them, too. Hello, I haven't been a member of Pony Club for....

                    Well, let's just say quite a long time and leave it at that.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Lucassb View Post
                      My *guess* is that the directory is produced by a third party company... who will then offer the directories for sale. That's how it works in other industries (like the "Who's Who in Industry X".) The solicitation is part of the cost of producing the book, and the revenues are split between the organization furnishing the membership list and the company producing the book itself.

                      Just a guess on my part - I suppose you could call and inquire.
                      You are correct. Junior got one and called today. After he gave all of his info, they asked how to charge his credit card. I got on the phone then, and they gave the spiel that they have been doing this for USEF for awhile (never heard of this sort of directory), blah, blah, it costs $49.95 X 2 payments. NOT INTERESTED! Especially when I heard that USEF got 1/2 the money...


                      • #12
                        Thumbs down.

                        I threw the card out and think that this was a waste of time and money by the USEF. Not good.
                        It's 2016. Do you know where your old horse is?


                        • #13
                          What amounts to a phone book for $99.90?????? Good grief.


                          • #14
                            Llikewise, I got one and threw it out.


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Mara View Post
                              What amounts to a phone book for $99.90?????? Good grief.

                              I did see one of these USEF directories several years ago. In additon to the member's name and address, it also listed the names and descriptions of their horses, IIRC.

                              So I guess if you wanted to really tailor your marketing campaign, you could use it to send a letter to somebody with a horse. Dear Ms. XYZ, Don't you think your bay TB mare LTD deserves our super special vitamin cookies at her advanced age of 15?



                              • #16

                                I have received two cards and both went into the "round file". This is a pure waste of my membership money and I am annoyed that it is being used for a purpose like this. This is supposed to be a membership organization but I was not asked (as a member) my opinion of going ahead with this directory. Total waste of time and money. And what is worse is that the directory will be sold to
                                whomever wants to buy it, thus giving my name and address to all types of solicitors who will load my mailbox with more junk mail that I now receive. Shame on you Mr. O'Connor for going along with this.


                                • #17
                                  This is NOT the first time they have done this. It happened maybe about 5 years ago. Wait until you start getting the phone calls asking about the directory from these same people. Thanks for the "Do Not Call" system and caller ID !!


                                  • #18
                                    Oh, and they will call.

                                    My college used what appears to be the same company to do a directory last year. I got a ton of those stupid postcards, and then they moved on to calling almost daily until I was actually home and could tell them I was very much not interested in anything they were selling.


                                    • #19
                                      ugh my high school did this a few years back....trying to sell a $70 book of people I didn't care about then and certainly don't care about now.
                                      There's coffee in that nebula.


                                      • #20
                                        If it is any consolation at all ... I doubt that the USEF spent a penny on the solicitations themselves.

                                        Usually the deal is the organization shares their membership list, and the company then uses it to contact potential buyers. Any profit after the expenses to print the directory are then shared between the organization and the company doing the printing.
                                        We move pretty fast for some rabid garden snails.