TreeLoveInman wrote:Not to be a buzz kill, Heard Ben only walked out with 100 funny money. Guess he got a dope trophy..But damn, all that work and ya get 100 bucks...Cya next year...Not. imo
Inconstancy and poor value in players packs and awards is what will keep people from going back to STL year after year; a solid players party, and nice courses only do so much.
The quality of Am value and payout was my big knock on the STL when I went last year. The players packs were lame. First they tell you you have to sign-up almost a month ahead of time to be guaranteed a players pack (PDGA tour standards state that ALL AM's are to receive a Players pack with a $25 retail value). So ignoring that flaw, of those that register only the first 50 or so were guaranteed "premium" players packs. From what I heard premium player's packs were a Dry-Fit shirt, and 2 or 3 premium discs, one from Gateway and one from Innova and/or Discraft. It also included a food and drink ticket to the players party, a key-chain bottle opener from Schlafly, and some miscellaneous coupons from local businesses (worthless for the out of towner). Not a bad package.
Well I signed up 2 weeks before the event and my players pack included the Food and drink coupon, bottle opener, coupons, a size Medium T-shirt, and a super stiff 162 Wizard. I was told I got one of the last Players Pack's (nevermind the fact that ALL Am's are to receive one) and on top of that it was a big f'ing stretch to reach the $25 retail value. I had to haggle and almost give my left nut for the staff to find me a shirt of the appropriate size, which I was basically lambasted for. So sure value wise to them it was $25 but for me I (initially) had a shirt that was unwearable, a disc that is unthrowable, and some coupons that I will never use; the only usable items I got were a bottle opener and free food and drink at the players party ....... Nice value fellas
At the awards for the Ams they had pre-packaged prize packs. Nothing more lame than not getting to pick out your own merch. Again just more sh!t that has no value because you will never use it.
Sure they are doing nothing wrong as they are probably meeting every PDGA requirement, but days of only meeting the PDGA minimums are long gone if you want to have a good reputation and keep people coming back year after year. Looks like nothing has changed
"I'm not impressed with aces of any kind. 95% of the time, they're just bad shots that got lucky and happened to hit the chains. Otherwise, they'd have sailed 50' past the hole." ~ Cydisc