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1 hour ago, chookrat said:

Will hit 50k easy. The club will give away a Jaguar with every membership if needed.

I will sign up again, my prefered colour is BRG.

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Well it has been a strain and a huge disappointment in trying to join up 3 junior members, 2 of them new.

At the start of the year I rang and after an hour or so had them all paid and signed up - so I thought. 3 weeks later only one membership pack arrived.

Another long wait to speak to someone (maybe put on more phone people?) and yes, there were 3 accounts for the kids but two had no dollars in them for some reason. So I paid for two more and asked that they be sent express post. (This did not happen.)

One month later 2 membership packs have arrived but both have the same name on them so one child misses out. I'm furious and surprised at just how [censored] this admin is. Trying to lodge a complaint on the Melbourne website is just not worth the effort. Believe me, I looked into doing so. For example, just to get started you have a mandatory field as follows :

Are you diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, or someone in your care or household has been diagnosed with one? *

I dread having to call the footy department tomorrow to get things changed somehow before the end of this season and believe me when I say I won't put myself through this frustration again next year Or the year after or the year after and so on. That'll be 3 less members.

 

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My membership came and i open it only to find consective years 1 😲 instead of my 22 years, after many long onhold phone calls, and two would you like a call back, which never happened, i was able to speak to a nice girl who fixed with in 2 min and it came in the mail last week, with my 22 years back😊

 

 

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42 minutes ago, Flag 2021 said:

Well it has been a strain and a huge disappointment in trying to join up 3 junior members, 2 of them new.

At the start of the year I rang and after an hour or so had them all paid and signed up - so I thought. 3 weeks later only one membership pack arrived.

Another long wait to speak to someone (maybe put on more phone people?) and yes, there were 3 accounts for the kids but two had no dollars in them for some reason. So I paid for two more and asked that they be sent express post. (This did not happen.)

One month later 2 membership packs have arrived but both have the same name on them so one child misses out. I'm furious and surprised at just how [censored] this admin is. Trying to lodge a complaint on the Melbourne website is just not worth the effort. Believe me, I looked into doing so. For example, just to get started you have a mandatory field as follows :

Are you diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, or someone in your care or household has been diagnosed with one? *

I dread having to call the footy department tomorrow to get things changed somehow before the end of this season and believe me when I say I won't put myself through this frustration again next year Or the year after or the year after and so on. That'll be 3 less members.

 

That's a real shame mate and sorry to hear the bad experience you have had. This kind of stuff means the world to kids so I know how disappointed they are when they miss out and how frustrating it is when it's because of a basic administrative error. Hopefully the club can sort this out asap for you because they cannot afford to bleed members especially if Pert wants to reach his 75k target.

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4 hours ago, Flag 2021 said:

Well it has been a strain and a huge disappointment in trying to join up 3 junior members, 2 of them new.

At the start of the year I rang and after an hour or so had them all paid and signed up - so I thought. 3 weeks later only one membership pack arrived.

Another long wait to speak to someone (maybe put on more phone people?) and yes, there were 3 accounts for the kids but two had no dollars in them for some reason. So I paid for two more and asked that they be sent express post. (This did not happen.)

One month later 2 membership packs have arrived but both have the same name on them so one child misses out. I'm furious and surprised at just how [censored] this admin is. Trying to lodge a complaint on the Melbourne website is just not worth the effort. Believe me, I looked into doing so. For example, just to get started you have a mandatory field as follows :

Are you diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, or someone in your care or household has been diagnosed with one? *

I dread having to call the footy department tomorrow to get things changed somehow before the end of this season and believe me when I say I won't put myself through this frustration again next year Or the year after or the year after and so on. That'll be 3 less members.

 

Very ordinary there. Hopefully the membership department can sort it out 

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12 hours ago, Flag 2021 said:

Well it has been a strain and a huge disappointment in trying to join up 3 junior members, 2 of them new.

At the start of the year I rang and after an hour or so had them all paid and signed up - so I thought. 3 weeks later only one membership pack arrived.

Another long wait to speak to someone (maybe put on more phone people?) and yes, there were 3 accounts for the kids but two had no dollars in them for some reason. So I paid for two more and asked that they be sent express post. (This did not happen.)

One month later 2 membership packs have arrived but both have the same name on them so one child misses out. I'm furious and surprised at just how [censored] this admin is. Trying to lodge a complaint on the Melbourne website is just not worth the effort. Believe me, I looked into doing so. For example, just to get started you have a mandatory field as follows :

Are you diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, or someone in your care or household has been diagnosed with one? *

I dread having to call the footy department tomorrow to get things changed somehow before the end of this season and believe me when I say I won't put myself through this frustration again next year Or the year after or the year after and so on. That'll be 3 less members.

 

Sounds like admin is short staffed - you could email Gary pert with some objective feedback - suggested improvements? Some of us might have his email address and it’s not hard to guess

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17 hours ago, Flag 2021 said:

For example, just to get started you have a mandatory field as follows :

Are you diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, or someone in your care or household has been diagnosed with one? *

Exactly how do you confirm a MFCSS diagnosis?

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I'm considering switching from MFC membership to AFL membership.

Does anyone know how I'd go about doing this without paying for both memberships at the same time? 

Is there a way to transition from one to another, or are they treated as two separate entities and I'd stop one and start another at end of season?

If I switched, and (obviously!) elected for the MFC to be my club of support, do I still get the MFC membership pack, and would I still retain my consecutive years count?

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36 minutes ago, JTR said:

I'm considering switching from MFC membership to AFL membership.

Does anyone know how I'd go about doing this without paying for both memberships at the same time? 

Is there a way to transition from one to another, or are they treated as two separate entities and I'd stop one and start another at end of season?

If I switched, and (obviously!) elected for the MFC to be my club of support, do I still get the MFC membership pack, and would I still retain my consecutive years count?

With AFL membership you have to pay a one off joining fee. You become a silver member, I'd estimate at this stage there's about an 18-20 year wait for gold membership. The benefits of gold membership are priority to access GF tickets if Melbourne make it (tickets are released for gold members of competing sides first, then all other gold membets, then silver members of competing sides) and cheaper PF tickets (I think you pay just the booking fee which is around $20 silver members pay for the full ticket which is around $170-190). All AFL members get entry to first 2 weeks of finals at MCG just paying the booking fee which is around $20.

You could probably sign up later this year just paying the joining fee, they usually have deals like this later in the year.

If you nominate Melbourne as your club of support you retain your consecutive years membership with Melbourne and have all the same rights/benefits as a GA member of the club (voting rights, membership pack etc).

If you sign up for AFL membership now you're effectively buying an additional membership. I think silver is around $470 a year (plus one off joining fee is about $220), full membership is around $620 a year.

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On 5/24/2021 at 6:03 PM, Flag 2021 said:

Well it has been a strain and a huge disappointment in trying to join up 3 junior members, 2 of them new.

At the start of the year I rang and after an hour or so had them all paid and signed up - so I thought. 3 weeks later only one membership pack arrived.

Another long wait to speak to someone (maybe put on more phone people?) and yes, there were 3 accounts for the kids but two had no dollars in them for some reason. So I paid for two more and asked that they be sent express post. (This did not happen.)

One month later 2 membership packs have arrived but both have the same name on them so one child misses out. I'm furious and surprised at just how [censored] this admin is. Trying to lodge a complaint on the Melbourne website is just not worth the effort. Believe me, I looked into doing so. For example, just to get started you have a mandatory field as follows :

Are you diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, or someone in your care or household has been diagnosed with one? *

I dread having to call the footy department tomorrow to get things changed somehow before the end of this season and believe me when I say I won't put myself through this frustration again next year Or the year after or the year after and so on. That'll be 3 less members.

 

I cannot understand the complaints with the Membership Dept who I have had nothing but service and efficiency for years well before Covid.

Never been majorly delayed even during finals time.

You don't have to join up year after year as you can go on a rolling list automatically renewing at the end of the season in Oct/start Nov.

Having said this there does seem to be a problem with Junior memberships administration from some of the posts.

But really if you have 3 memberships snd you get the digital  tickets each time just present from your phone and sort out at the end of the season!!

The kids don't need to know as long as they get entry to the ground!

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14 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

With AFL membership you have to pay a one off joining fee. You become a silver member, I'd estimate at this stage there's about an 18-20 year wait for gold membership. The benefits of gold membership are priority to access GF tickets if Melbourne make it (tickets are released for gold members of competing sides first, then all other gold membets, then silver members of competing sides) and cheaper PF tickets (I think you pay just the booking fee which is around $20 silver members pay for the full ticket which is around $170-190). All AFL members get entry to first 2 weeks of finals at MCG just paying the booking fee which is around $20.

You could probably sign up later this year just paying the joining fee, they usually have deals like this later in the year.

If you nominate Melbourne as your club of support you retain your consecutive years membership with Melbourne and have all the same rights/benefits as a GA member of the club (voting rights, membership pack etc).

If you sign up for AFL membership now you're effectively buying an additional membership. I think silver is around $470 a year (plus one off joining fee is about $220), full membership is around $620 a year.

Downside to this is you're in the AFL Reserve, which isn't terrible but against Collingwood, Richmond and Hawthorn we're greatlt outnumbered.

Plus side is that you're pretty much guaranteed a Finals ticket and if we make the Grand Final against any Marvel-based on Interstate side you're pretty much guaranteed a ticket as well. It's against those bigger clubs with large AFL membership numbers that things get tricky. But even then, no two clubs have combined AFL membership to fill the AFL Reserve. So you basically boost your chances of a GF ticket by a significant amount.

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1 hour ago, praha said:

Downside to this is you're in the AFL Reserve, which isn't terrible but against Collingwood, Richmond and Hawthorn we're greatlt outnumbered.

Plus side is that you're pretty much guaranteed a Finals ticket and if we make the Grand Final against any Marvel-based on Interstate side you're pretty much guaranteed a ticket as well. It's against those bigger clubs with large AFL membership numbers that things get tricky. But even then, no two clubs have combined AFL membership to fill the AFL Reserve. So you basically boost your chances of a GF ticket by a significant amount.

Agreed and I'd also add "AFL reserve" is now different to what used to be the "AFL Members reserve" - AFL reserve holds about 22k but only around 13k-14k tickets have been made available to AFL members for recent Grand Finals. The AFL have limited their transparency on this in recent years eg they no longer detail how many club support members each club has. Interstate club members also seem to have access to the AFL reserve in H&A games and someone on Big Footy said their Richmond coterie membership I think it was gives them access to the AFL reserve for Richmond away games.

It is also difficult to get seats on level 2 these days as they are often included in corporate/dining packages.

I cancelled my AFL membership several years back as I wanted to give the money to the club instead of the AFL. Then I went to an EF with my cousin who barracks for Richmond when they played Carlton in 2013 and couldn't believe it was $80 a ticket! If you're going to 4 weeks of finals should your club make it that's an extra $750 give or take on top of your membership (if you can get a ticket). AFL members will pay around $250 or so on top of their memberships (booking fees for first 3 weeks of finals plus half price GF ticket for Full Members).

You're right that it does feel like sitting in the opposition members area particularly against Collingwood, Carlton, Essendon, Richmond and Hawthorn - I often look to the Members/Northern side and wish I was sitting over there with the MFC faithful. Oh well, only another 20 years or so til I become a provisional member of the MCC.

With the AFL membership you are a GA MFC member so you can choose to purchase add ons through the MFC (such as GF guarantee or reserved seat in MFC members area) though I guess this kind of defeats the purpose of the AFL membership unless you're going to a bunch of non-MFC games.

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11 hours ago, Dr. Gonzo said:

 

With the AFL membership you are a GA MFC member so you can choose to purchase add ons through the MFC (such as GF guarantee or reserved seat in MFC members area) though I guess this kind of defeats the purpose of the AFL membership unless you're going to a bunch of non-MFC games.

Wait so I can sit in the GA MFC area in Olympic stand with my AFL Membership?

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41 minutes ago, praha said:

Wait so I can sit in the GA MFC area in Olympic stand with my AFL Membership?

Well an AFL membership is also a GA MFC membership - I don't think it gets you into reserved MFC members areas but you can enter at any gate at an MFC home game and sit in GA areas. That was pre covid, with the grounds sectioned off at the moment you can't cross over but someone on the AFL members thread on big footy was testing using his Hawks AFL membership to reserve seats in GA this year instead of in the AFL members section - main benefit is you could sit with others who may not be AFL members.

If you want to sit in MFC reserved members areas you would have to upgrade your membership through the MFC, so let them know you have an AFL membership and want to add on a reserve seat package.

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Gary Pert seemed to indicate on SEN the other day that we either have, or very shortly would, reach 50k members and would break our all time membership record in a few weeks.

I wonder if the membership numbers on the website are accurate, because we have a way to go yet

 

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7 hours ago, Mickey said:

Gary Pert seemed to indicate on SEN the other day that we either have, or very shortly would, reach 50k members and would break our all time membership record in a few weeks.

I wonder if the membership numbers on the website are accurate, because we have a way to go yet

 

I have the feeling that they get updated when someone remembers  / has the time. Probably not high on the  list of reduced staff number duties. I believe they are all now isolating so don’t expect any changes before next week. Patience is a virtue I am told. 

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On 5/19/2021 at 11:48 AM, DeeZone said:

We will crack 50K when we bury the Dogs. 😁😂😁

Come on you Demon barracker’s the Coach and the whole Team have the belief it’s time to get on board the Demon Express and become a member of our Champion side. 👍👌💕

Go Dee’s...!!!!!!

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6 hours ago, DeeZone said:

Come on you Demon barracker’s the Coach and the whole Team have the belief it’s time to get on board the Demon Express and become a member of our Champion side. 👍👌💕

Go Dee’s...!!!!!!

If you do not have one now the  rational of buying one now that  you cannot go a game probably seems poor value.

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1 hour ago, old dee said:

If you do not have one now the  rational of buying one now that  you cannot go a game probably seems poor value.

How about supporting the club?? Access to finals tickets?? There's plenty of reasons.

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