Most of you have been so kind in your comments recently, but I thought I’d share an example of a feedback form that I replied to this week. Of course I should have known the person who left this didn’t leave a real e-mail, but I took the time to reply anyhow.
Those who would have us give everything away for free “because the information is so important it has to be out there” completely miss the point. They’re stating, whether they realize it or not, that Doyel’s time, my time, Bill’s work and all of our efforts aren’t worth paying for. They argue we should feel compelled to give everything away because the people of the world have to hear this message. Yet, these same people rarely donate for any research, or offer any help. Even the Gideons or the Bible Society have expenses, and these organizations SELL Bibles. Imagine the HORROR! Kind individuals who agree with their cause, DONATE money to these groups so they can give away Bibles to some folks for free. But someone has paid for them, somewhere along the line. The pressman must be paid, the ink supplier must be paid, the prepress layout people and typesetters must be paid. The lumber workers who cut down the trees to send to the paper mill must be paid. The paper mill folks must be paid. And the farmer who provides the cow to the leather tanning plant must be paid. And so on and so on. I really hope some of you who have these ideas in your head that everything the Hour of the Time does should be free take the time to consider all of the costs and time involved.
Consider the fact that we’ve reduced suggested donation levels dramatically in the last few years. Consider the amount of time and energy it’s taken to convert all of these broadcasts from the analog cassette masters into a digital format that we can share more easily. Consider that we offer a 24/7 stream freely available to you. Consider that we offer many podcasts of past programs available for your listening pleasure FOR FREE anytime you please, and will be adding more again on a regular basis very soon.
Again, thank you to all the listeners and friends who have been supportive of us – we do appreciate your encouragement and friendship. And to those who want everything for free – please consider your words before you speak.
Here’s that feedback form and my reply :
On Aug 10, 2009, at 12:21 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The form at the following URL was submitted:
This is the data that was submitted:
I would like the Hour of the Time to respond by: Email
My question/comment is:: Your site is still trying to pull money from humans…
are you trying to save us or slave us ?
if your stuff is so good in info. its time to get it to humans to stay free?
do not agree to any of your policy’s, and/or any of your corp..
is this what Cooper died for ?
this site with info should be free to all to know the truth.
May we contact you in future with promotional offers or other information?: no
Sorry to hear you feel that way. Perhaps Cuba would be a better place for you to live, they have lots of free stuff there. Oh yeah, right, except actual FREEDOM.
Perhaps you have some suggestions as to how we could get all of our suppliers to give us bandwidth, DSL service, postage, hydro, duplication and computer equipment, DVD and CD media, telephone service and everything else we pay real money for around here, for FREE?
This month alone I will have put over $2000 of my own money into the Hour of the Time – and yet that’s still not enough for you socialists.
And yes, keeping his message alive is what Bill died for. Fighting world socialism is a worthy cause.
If you were a listener in the past you will know Bill charged two to ten times the price for everything we still offer today. Freedom isn’t free. Never has been and never will be.
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