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TakeFiveADay – With a Little Help From Our Friends …

Greetings to All T5ers From Met & Tizmanian:

As long time readers know, TakeFiveaDay is much more stable and our server up-time is pretty regular now – thanks to the hard work of Tizmanian, David V. and our expensive server package.

We certainly hope you enjoy the site. We have yet to push out sales of anything and provide tons of news, insight, analysis, and the occasional whimsy, all free of charge… but frankly, if you can help pay down our monthly server costs, that would be great.

We have been totally free to read including no fees for trading or selling/buying on our forum which we built for you and we really don’t want to change anything. However, as you can guess, T5 doesn’t exactly make us rich and while we enjoy the company we keep, that love bubble doesn’t pay the bills. :-)

So here is the pitch:  Out of the 46,000+ Monthly Unique Readers we get each month, if we can get just 150 people at $20 or say just 75 people to contribute $40 or more TOTAL for 2013, that would put us at the breakeven point.

You can even set up a monthly tickler into the tip jar by clicking the box once you get to our paypal page.  We are also thinking of starting a club member exclusive email for those that sign up where we will hold monthly contest giveaways…so if you donate $20 or more, we will start tracking that for our pool of T5 Insiders…

The truth is that without the breakeven of the server costs, we will definitely have to shut down the forums as a start so if you’re a daily user of the forums, it’s only $20 min or if you’d like to contribute more such as $40 split up over a couple months as to your contribution, that’s all great. Or look at it this way, if you do a lot of selling on the forum, just add a few bucks per transaction for the next couple months to the T5 Tip Jar and everything can stay the way it is – no transaction or listing fees.

Tizmanian, David V. and yours truly thank you!

Keep reading and enjoy!

Thanks!

(Just click on the PayPal button on the top right – enter any amount and the payment option if you prefer, log in and you’re set. Thanks!)

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15 September 2013 Internet 38 Comments

38 Comments

  • yitman says:

    Just donated. Thanks so much for T5. Take care!

  • MackDaddy says:

    Sent a few bucks your way. Hope it starts a trend!

  • MackDaddy says:

    Hey Met,
    Another tip on it’s way! Hope this starts a trend! Haven’t seen any posts here in about a month. I appreciate all the great info! Thanks! :cool:

    (MET: Thanks!)

  • outsidemind says:

    I’ve never used the Forums but you’ve more than earned my $20. Thanks for all the Cars news and insights. You’ve helped me build one hell of a cars collection for my kids and insatiable die cast collecting habit for me…

    Damn you.

  • tiki-mon says:

    Just put my Jackson in for your heavenly work! Thanks for all the tips on new Cars! If it weren’t for your hard work, there would be no chance in hell that I could have gotten a Tractor Tipping set! Thanks again!

  • LUCA says:

    Done!
    Thanks Met for your work!

    (MET: Thanks!)

  • sallychula says:

    Done. Thank you guys for your hard work!

    (MET: Thanks!).

  • MackDaddy says:

    Hey Met,
    You should either say thanks to every donation or none at all. Some may feel left out when you thank only a few. Just sayin’.

    (MET: Sorry, no slight intended, just sending a shout out thanks at the end of each day – sorry if I missed anyone. Thanks to everyone!)

  • Jack says:

    Just tried to help a bit. It’s the least I can do. We love Take 5! Thank you for all you do.

    (MET: Thanks!)

  • King of Cars says:

    Met, thanks for all the info all these years.
    Selling of some cars this week. Proceeds will be donated.

    Again, wouldn’t have half my collection if it wasn’t for this site….

    (MET: Thanks!)

  • NascarFan says:

    My donation and Damians is in, thanks Met and Tiz.

  • Cars4AandR says:

    Met,Tizmanian,
    Can you give us a head’s up on how the “TakefiveADay – With a Little Help from my Friends” is going?
    Are you getting closer to Break Even Point?
    I would be sadden to see some of your services (The Forums) be cancelled and I think I am not the only one!
    And if you were to put a minimal yearly subscription fee to be able to Trade on the Forums maybe this would cover the cost of maintining, upgrading etc….Just an idea. What say you?
    Keep up the Great Work,
    Rino

    (MET: Thanks for everything so far. We don’t want to jump the gun too quickly or pester too fast but so far, it’s going well – we’ll update everyone in a few more weeks. Thanks!)

  • MoMcQueen says:

    Done and done. Thanks for everything you do here.

  • MackDaddy says:

    Another tip on it’s way! I hope it starts a trend! Thanks guys! :cool:

  • Mike Manifold says:

    Yes, pay day! Sent in my donation; it’s been too long. Thanks for all you do Met & Tiz! I really appreciated not only the great information, but the excellent comedy and pop culture angle in your posts, as well as the helpful comradery that you guys have nurtured on here.

  • Ferris says:

    Revenue idea: Raffles. Members can donate prizes and you can run one a week or one a month and for every dollar donated during the raffle time you get an “e-ticket”. Winner pays for the shipping of the prize. So many of us have extras that we could donate for prizes.

    (MET: It’s a great idea but there are legal issues with a “pay to play” sweepstakes/raffles unless you are a legal charity … but thanks!)

  • Micky says:

    Glad to help.
    I remember the day I found 2ADay. That’s when the Cars obsession kicked into high gear. It’s been that way ever since. Thanks for the great ride!

  • Tmremote says:

    This would be cool if T5 merges with PCD and CTT…then you guys would split funds.

  • SEDEMA says:

    I am delighted to know “Take5aday” since its beginnings,
    I follow regularly and I think it’s the best on the world Cars
    that exist.
    I made my donation and ask you to continue to sit tight
    and if you need a hand, are available.
    Thanks, ciao SEDEMA.

    (MET: Thanks and everyone who has contributed so far!)

  • sweetp18 says:

    Rarely posts on the forums but I read this site everday. Many thanks for the valuable information. Made my donation.

  • Lorri says:

    Love this site too! will happily donate. Totally not going to date Pirate Dad however.

    (MET: Thanks everyone!)

  • aaaf317 says:

    Totally worth it – you site rocks! Just sent in my donation. 8-)

  • Tom says:

    Thanks for all you do guys.
    I am wondering about the finances involved. I see T5 has major ad partners (Kmart, Mattel, Apple, Disney, etc.). I frequent a board related to my other obsession (www.badweatherbikers.com). They haven’t requested financial support. Is it a function of advertising revenue or maybe this other board has silent support from a rich uncle?

    (MET: While we did have financial support from Kmart for a couple Kmarts Car Day, you are not probably not surprised they do not advertise anymore – when they were an advertiser, we were very clear in the Kmart CARS Day posts as we are clear when they are not advertisers. While we are a Disney store affiliate and Shop Mattel, we only make a small % when you buy something (along with Target, itunes, Walmart, etc) and others – they pay nothing to run the banners). Of course, the main problem is you don’t need to buy CARS items online as most people have access to retail stores … or don’t have to access the store through us … for instance, I think we made about $.80 through iTunes last month. :-/ or like a typical new listing on the Disney Store online … a few dozen people will click through the link but most of you go to the stores to look or if you don’t find it there, you simply type in Disneystore.com versus going through our affiliate link but that’s okay – it’s there but you are free to do as you choose … I can’t speak for other sites but basically we had to scale up to a server service that could handle the monthly traffic (about 1-million page views) as well as spikes like Kmart CARS Day – that’s the expensive part … so while we held out hope that we would get a major sponsor, it’s obviously not happening so we either cover our server costs (I should also note that even if you thought we’re just pocketing the $2k, split 2 ways … we’re not going to the Cayman’s) or start to scale back what we can offer – so if we can get about 150 people to kick in an average of $20, then nothing changes for a year … so, thanks for anyone who can kick in!)

  • Cars4AandR says:

    I do not post often on the site but I read every day.
    It is my main supply of information.
    Without T5 I too would be lost.
    Keep up the good work!
    Just sent $20.00…hope this helps.
    Best Regards,
    Rino

  • picketoybuyer says:

    Been reading since you started, no problem! $25 sent. keep up the great work!

  • PirateDad says:

    Happily donated. I wood knot know anything about my obsession with Cars without this site. Thanks to Tiz and Met for the life long friends I have made here! How much do dating sites charge?? Lol

  • John in Missouri says:

    Just a suggestion: you might want to add a PayPal button next to the “Submit Comment” button at the bottom of every story, and one next to the math equation on the Forums. That would guarantee people see them more frequently.

    (MET: Thanks!)

  • Wraukn says:

    Just donated! Totally painless everyone! Didn’t pass out at all!

    (MET: Thanks!)

  • Wraukn says:

    Do you make anything from your magcloud publications? If so, start pushing those as well. Looks like I’m going to have to contribute as I listen to this more than my local NPR station!

    (MET: Yep but sales tail off after its release but feel free to buy anytime, thanks!)

  • Matersgrlfriend says:

    Thank you for all you do for the Cars community. I’d be lost without T5 :)

  • MackDaddy says:

    Will do! Keep up the great posts guys! Thanks! :cool:

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