Hi everyone. I suspect this is not common knowledge. I just found out about this recently.
If you normally order products from amazon.com, amazon will donate 0.5% of every order to the non-profit (501(c)3) charity of your choice (such as mtfca). However, you must take these steps:
1. Always order from smile.amazon.com as opposed to amazon.com directly. Amazon only donates to your charity if you go through SMILE.amazon.com.
2. The first time, you will be asked what your charity of choice is. Search for "Model T Ford Club Of America" (or some other charity) and select it. It will be saved in your amazon profile.
Someone from the club (treasurer perhaps) has to provide bank account information to amazon for quarterly deposits. If a club officer wants to contact me, I can tell you how. I just recently did this for my daughter's high school band. Until this is done, the money will accumulate in an escrow type account.
Again....the trick is, anytime you order from amazon, you must use SMILE.amazon.com instead of going to amazon.com directly. This is free money to the club.
Sorry....meant to post this in the 2014 forum. Not sure how to move it.
(Message edited by adminchris on September 30, 2014)
Steve you are on the forum
I personally prefer to spend my money where I make it. I also expect to pay taxes to support the schools where I live and expect the local merchants I do business with to do the same. My tires come from a local supplier, my tools are mostly bought at the local hardware store and the band and chorus program at the local school my two attend is supported by the local music store. That local music store is where their instruments came from that they play in the local high school band. The local music store is who bought the trophies for the fiddle contest, not Amazon or some on-line retailer. I have never seen a Little League team or local kids sports team with the name of a big box store on the back. It is always the local tire shop/farm store/sporting goods store/etc., that is supporting the local kids, benefits, sports teams, parades, 4th of July celebrations, etc.
You can spend your money out of town if that is what you want to do but I'll pay extra to spend it locally. 1/2 of 1% won't add up to a Tinker's Dam in the overall scheme of things but taking the money that could have been spent locally and spending it online hurts small town main street business in the short term and the American economy in the long term. 1/2 of 1% is FIFTY CENTS on a hundred dollar purchase. For 50c I'll walk into the local hardware store, not Walmart or Lowe's and certainly not Amazon.
I've probably done two or three hundred benefit auctions in the last 32 years of being in the auction business. I have yet to see a gun or other significant item donated by a big box store and have never seen anything donated by some online outfit. John Steele Insurance donates guns and other significant items. Front Range Auctioneers donates their services and Rocky Mountain Violin donates instruments and gift certificates. Lisacs Tire donates to every local benefit and charity - I cannot tell you how many sets of tires and gift certificates we have sold donated by Mark Lisac - Capital Sports and Western Wear donates, I can scarcely think of an auction when we did not have something from them. All local businessmen.
Call Amazon next time there is a fire and the family needs help and see what they send out for the benefit.
My new Subaru says "Placer Motors, Helena, Montana" on the back of it. I probably could have got a better deal anywhere else and could have bought it on line in California or Texas and had it shipped in but that's not my way of doing business and supporting the businesses that have supported me and my businesses for over 40 years in Helena.
Your mileage may vary. Everybody has their own viewpoint. Yours and mine may vary but I will stick with mine.
As a veteran Subaru Service Center owner(25 years and counting) I have some very sage advice for you, regarding your new Subaru.
Even if your still under warranty, check the oil every time you fill with gas. If you go online and google Subaru class action suit oil consumption. You will see some Subaru's have excessive oil consumption.
Subaru has denied all such claims so far and in fact unless you keep all receipts regarding oil changes and other services they have an escape on warranty repairs. You, by Federal law Moss Magnusson, can perform your own work or have any independent do our service work without compromising your factory warranty coverage.
Just a word to the wise,
Thanks, I probably should check it. I haven't checked it between oil changes since I bought it. I have to look and think about how to do it every time I open the hood.
Do they all steer so hard and drive so bad? I don't like mine nearly as well as I thought I would. It steers harder than an old worn out truck and drives like a lumber wagon. There is no way to just set back and relax and take a trip. You have to drive it all the time. At 20,000 it has had the suspension aligned twice, last time helped some but it still has no "center" to it. It walks all the time on the highway, especially in corners. The wheel turns so hard it just wears you out on a trip. The seat is also really uncomfortable after a few miles. I paid almost $30,000 for it and it seems to me like it should have better seats for that kind of money.
I'm thinking the best thing about it is the resale value. It's probably going down the road this fall with it starts to snow and the roads start getting bad. Somebody will love it, so far it doesn't even have a scratch. I'm hoping I can get around 25-26 out of it so it only cost me about 3,000 to drive it for a year. I dunno what I'm going to buy but I'll bet this time I'll shop more that I did before I bought it. They are the number one selling car in Montana, everybody loves them. When I talk to other Subi owners they say their's drives like a dream. I dunno. Might go back to Ford but they don't have anything but the Escape and I didn't like it much when I drove it. I liked the Flex but couldn't stand that $40,000 + sticker.
Interesting about the oil consumption lawsuit. I think I'll start checking mine. $8,000 to fix it does seem like somebody is puffing the problem, tho. I can't imagine it costing eight grand to put a set of rings in the engine. I dunno. I've only had the hood open on mine two or three times and have only had the oil changed twice. Once at 9,000 and once at 18,000. Turned over 20,000 coming back from Missoula Tuesday night.