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Does the Brickish association take Amex?

I want to join the brickish association but they seem to only take cheques. My account didnt come with one so do they take postal orders or anything else at all.?
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  • The requirement for joining using a cheque is about proving identity; there have been issues with fake memberships in the past. There are other options for renewing your membership, like paypal, cash, etc.

    I'll pass your issue on to the committee, and let you know what they say.
  • Cheques are being phased out as well, so they'll need an alternative some time!
    Not that the banks have really provided a comparable alternative.

    Maybe the new barclays paypal competitor recently announced? It was certainly going to have ID validation as part of it, although I'm not sure what ended up in the final released version.
  • Damn, I still get an application form today! I guess that means a cheque in the post to @lostintranslation
  • Thank you @bluemoose its annoying as I wanna join but dont have a cheque book. I may email them and see what they say.

    @Savage_Steel does that mean Lostintranslation is the sec?

    I get why they want to do it that way but they stopped issuing cheque books with accounts so kind means us young uns are stuck :-D
  • edited April 2012
    I was elected Secretary at the Brickish AGM yesterday :-)
    So, I'm obviously just learning what's what with the procedure but I agree it can be a problem to only take cheques. I'll have to discuss this with the rest of the committee, as bluemoose says.
  • Congratulations best of luck with it.:-D.

    Thank you let me know if anything comes of it as I shall sign up straight away. You dont take postal orders by any chance?
  • Thank you @Bluemoose and @lostintranslation for agreeing to raise it as well
  • Congratulations Lucy! You had my proxy vote.
  • Aww, thanks @Huw! I was actually rather surprised to win - but very chuffed :-)
  • edited April 2012
    You will be awesome
  • It's reason why I have not joined, don't own a cheque book and never have in the 15 years I have had my current account and i'm 30. Hopefully something can be sorted.
  • Nice one Lucy! Congrats!
  • I agree that cheques are a pain so we need to do something about it. There are ways, so we'll sort something out.
  • As previously stated in another thread, the cheque issue is why I haven't joined as well. Seems like this is quite a common problem. If you find an alternative you might find yourself inundated with applications @LostInTranslation !
  • @legirl: As the title of one of my favourite films has it, Bring it on!
    (I may live to regret saying that! :-)
  • :D congrats on your election btw!
  • @LostInTranslation,
    yay, you got elected. well done.
    rich
  • @lostintranslation well you have three waiting to join already. so its a good start. You could be very popular
  • You could be very popular
    You mean I'm not already ?? ;-)

    I also know of two more people who said they'd join if I got elected, and another couple whose applications are already in the post... so I'm going to be a very busy gal, but looking forward to it!
  • ^ We've got the box of the Secretary's files to get to you some how; any ideas?
  • ... another couple whose applications are already in the post...
    Congrats on winning the post ... and yes, the cheque is in the mail, as it were ;)

  • @bluemoose, I'm away over Easter but could maybe head up your way the weekend after?
  • @LostinTranslation i meant even more popular than you already are.

    I thought that was rather smooth....
  • This is not a democracy, it's a cheerocracy. ;o)
  • Lucy's the poo, so take a big whiff ;-)

    ^^^ sounds like a plan.
  • ^ Heehee, yep I'm planning on being a cheer-tator!

    ^^^ Keep trying. But no matter how smooth, it's still £12! ;-)
  • Ha ha oh what! And i sent you that chamber of secrets.....it was incomplete but thats not the point. what about £12 of cheering?
  • Are you offering to join the Brickish Barracudas cheerleading squad? You'd need to attend tryouts, the standard is very high. Start practicing those spirit fingers.
  • Yes i am. I look great a mini skirt and have my own pom poms ;-). Give me a B. Give a R. Give me a A. Give me a T. Give me a I. Give me a S. Give me a H. what have you got the Bratish association....oh rubbish I may have to work on my spelling :-D.
  • On the cheque front, it's the reason I haven't joined either - I do have a cheque book somewhere, but I never seem to get around to digging it out... :/
  • I do not think the cheque thing is the only issue. I joined a couple of years ago around September / October, paid by cheque for the annual membership and then the following March / April I was told I had to pay again for the annual membership because my annual membership had come to an end although I had been a member for just 6 - 7 months. I do not care about losing £6 or £60 or £600 for that matter had it been made clear that this is how the membership cycle works. When I enquired about this I did not receive a very friendly response. This and the forum bickering on who bought bricks for sale which were not meant for sale sealed it for me.

    Rest assured I am not generalising anything, I am simply drawing the attention of the new secretary to some of the issues / challenges that she will face in the future.
  • edited April 2012
    @Monte_net, I'm sorry to hear that your experience of Brickish was not a 100% positive one. My experience so far has been that the Brickish community, like the Brickset community, is overwhelmingly a friendly, welcoming place to be, with many generous, passionate AFOLs with diverse interests and opinions, united by a common love of Lego :-)

    To clarify, for any prospective members, BA membership runs from the time of joining to the April of the following year. So for anyone joining from now until the end of December, the membership period will run until April 2013. The membership period for anyone joining in January 2013 will run until April 2014. I agree that in the past this has not necessarily been made clear when you sign up and this is something that I intend to clarify, to avoid just the situation you experienced.

    Anyone interested in joining Brickish, please feel free to post here or contact me with any questions or comments.

    Lucy
  • @Monte_net, it's funny, the very issue you mention about the timings is something that was a surprise to me and @Lost when our renewal fees were requested a month or so ago. Somebody else actually questioned it and so we were able avoid the embarrassing task of of raising it - not that we would have, like you say, it was just £6, but it did leave a bitter taste in my mouth at the time because it hadn't been clarified at the time of signing up.

    The advantages of being a member though far outway those not. Financial benefits aside, if not just for being able to attend organised LEGO themed functions and meet people who suffer the same addiction, it's got to be worth it. Just the AGM alone (weekend just past) was worth the membership alone.
  • @flump6523 that is the reason i want to join and also to take my lego love and mocing to a higher level. I think of course it depends on people. but if they are anything like the guys here i will slot in happily. So i await @huw, @lost, @bluemoose and @martin to let me know what happens so i can join the brickish cheerleaders
  • edited April 2012
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  • Awesome!!! Roflmao, thanks @Matthew for brightening up my tedious morning!
  • Update on the payment situation: we are still discussing alternative methods of payment to cheques (like Paypal) for initial subscriptions in the future, but I've had confirmation that a postal order is acceptable as long as it's sent together with the completed, signed application form - an updated version of which is now on the Brickish website:
    http://brickish.org/joinUs.aspx
  • About time you paid your debt hey @matthew? :-)
  • @lostintranslation fantastic i will get it winging its way to you. Its made out to brickish yes? thank to those who asked for me. I owe you a pint or a lego set :-)
  • Payable to The Brickish Association, yes.

    Lego set please. I don't do smelly beer :D
    Though I suppose I should not accept any kickbacks in my new role... I'll let you off that then, but you'll need to come up with an original cheer instead.

    On reflection, I look rather angry in Matthew's MOC... that's so not me!!
  • I couldn't see what face you have, the image is too small...
  • ^^ i dunno, I've seen that angry face a few times, Christmas pud and build in the bag? ;-)
  • ^ That was "concentration" face, not "angry" (well, maybe a little with the Christmas pudding).

    I notice the title has been tinkered with. I suspect @Yellowcastle involvement...but seeing as I am a *nice* person, I'll answer the question anyway: no, the BA does not take the Discover card.
  • edited April 2012
    As we don't have 'discover' in the UK (as far as I know), everyone over here is reading it and going "huh?"
  • Lol, the title monkey has been at it again...
  • Its the title gremlin just dont put water on them after midnight! As for amex i wish i barely qualify for a bank account lol.

    @lostintranslation i can knock up a cocktail lol. Its not a kick back where i work its called a accidental gift
  • Will we be able to pay by cash if we join at AFOLcon? (Packing now! Excited.)
  • Is the "The Brick Issue" a monthly or a annual magazine? I think I might finally get round to joining up.
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