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New Membership Cards

February 15, 2015
News: General News

Our membership cards are being upgraded!

The card in your wallet now is 7 mil plastic printed on a laser printer mailed to you as part of the membership letter. If you kept your card in your wallet, it probably looked pretty sad after a few months. The toner from the laser printer just can't hold up.

The new cards are laminated (3 layers for a total of 20 mils). Standard credit cards are 30 mils. So it is thicker and stiffer, but not as heavy as your credit cards. The middle layer is printed on an HP Indigo digital press (two sides). This is the same equipment used to print The Journal magazine. We get good color, full bleed and good resolution from this process. After the card is personalized with your name and expiration date, it is laminated front and back sealing the card.

There are really two reasons for going with a new design. Durability and a more classy look. Especially for those choosing a two year membership option, the cards need to survive in good condition for the duration. And for those that care, the card just looks nicer and more professional.

We've done a small test run. The card is mailed first class from our supplier in MN attached to a letter in a windowed envelope. We hope you like it.

Karen Parks is our membership chair. Her plan is to have cards mailed around the first of each month. If you loose your card, a replacement can be had through her. If you really need your card right away, a pdf of a personalized temporary card can be emailed to you. You can then print it yourself without waiting for the next batch. Karen can be reached at

Be Aware of Scammers
Answering These Ads!

Please be aware that there is a scammer answering these ads. Be careful!!!!

I recommend that you only take CASH or checks from people you know. Very little of the stuff that is advertised is so rare or such a great deal that someone would hire an “agent” to ship it.




If you are selling something online, as a business or through classifieds ads, you may be targeted by an overpayment scam.

The scammer will contact you, make you an offer—often quite generous—then make payment through credit card or cheque. They will be for an amount that is greater than the agreed price.

The scammer will contact you with an apology for the overpayment, offering a fake excuse. The scammer might tell you that the extra money was included to cover agent’s fees or extra shipping costs. Or they may just say they simply made a mistake when writing the cheque.

The scammer will then ask you to refund the excess amount or they will ask for you to forward the amount through to a third party. They will ask for this to through an online banking transfer, pre-loaded money card, or a wire transfer such as Western Union. You then discover that their cheque has bounced or the credit card had been a stolen or fake card.

A newer variation on this scam involves online sales, usually through classified sites, where the scammer pretends to have made a payment for a larger than agreed amount through services such as PayPal by sending a fake receipt of payment. The scammer will claim that the money is being held until you forward on the extra money.

If you send any money, you will not get it back. If you have already sent the ‘sold’ item you will lose this as well. At the very least, the scammer will have wasted your time and prevented you from accepting any legitimate offers on your sale.

I just wanted other Sellers to be careful as I see some valuable machines for sale here.