X-Message-Number: 13866
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 00:26:45 +0000
From: Kennita Watson <>
Subject: prices/growth

David Pizer wrote:

> I am saying that Alcor does not have to invent some new device.
> Alcor does not have to win the lottery. All Alcor has to do is
> lower its current prices for what they presently deliver and the
> added volume and more reasonable public appearances will make
> things better for Alcor financially and in membership growth and
> other important areas without having to do anything else.

I agree wholeheartedly with David here.  Alcor may be non-profit,
but that doesn't free them from the realities of the market.  How 
many Alcor principals have backgrounds in marketing?

> 2. The public appearance of a more reasonable priced suspension
> would make Alcor not look like such an elitist organization.

Let's call a spade a spade here.  Alcor _is_ an elitist 
organization as it stands now, intellectually as well as 
financially.  With an average *household* income of less than 
$40,000, many cannot justify spending money they need for food,
clothing, and shelter on a minor chance of a future that shows
no advantage over what they hear about in church every Sunday.

> I believe that most of the prospective suspensions in the future
> will be people who are not signed up a long time in advance; What
> are commonly called "last minute" cases. These are people who did
> not sign up years ago and have found themselves in a terminal
> condition. These are people who did not plan ahead. These are
> people who will not be able to get life insurance. They will have
> to write a check if they are to get suspended. When you have to
> write a check all at once, rather than make insurance payments, the
> price is even more critical in your decision.

Personally, I feel that any body dead fewer than <n> hours that comes 
with an accompanying check (and power of attorney?) should be 
accepted if at all possible.  The person presenting the body and the
check may need to sign an "I will not sue" agreement, but my best 
guess is that the person suspended would be happy to be alive.

Get as many people as possible from here to the future, I say!

Kennita Watson          |  I vote Libertarian.
      |      Find out why.
http://i.am/kennita     |           http://www.lp.org/intro

Rate This Message: http://www.cryonet.org/cgi-bin/rate.cgi?msg=13866