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programme_seller



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2021 9:03 pm 
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Hats off to Stoke City who are distributing progrmmes this season FREE OF CHARGE, whilst some clubs around the country are using the excuse that they (clubs) lose money on their programmes each season(?).

If any Stoke fans can get me 2 copies per match, I'm happy to exchange with other clubs programmes.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2021 9:46 pm 
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I am sure that Stoke City have good intentions - but this sounds like a dangerous slippery slope for our football programme future to me.

If the programmes are free there will be no second hand market.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 21, 2021 10:50 pm 
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sellsell39 wrote:
I am sure that Stoke City have good intentions - but this sounds like a dangerous slippery slope for our football programme future to me.

If the programmes are free there will be no second hand market.


On the contrary. IF giving the programmes away introduces new collectors into the hobby of programme collecting then i'm all for it.

I can think of lots of examples each season where programmes are free when British clubs are playing away in Europe & similarly with away International fixtures too where the second hand market hasn't been affected.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:46 am 
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Just to add to this to get the complete picture.

Stoke City are offering free programmes at their games. If you cannot make it to the games, Stoke have organised through Ignition for them to print extra copies, which they will sell for £2.50 all up (i.e., incl. postage), the cost being to cover the extra printing, postage and handling.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 9:25 am 
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programme_seller wrote:
Hats off to Stoke City who are distributing progrmmes this season FREE OF CHARGE, whilst some clubs around the country are using the excuse that they (clubs) lose money on their programmes each season(?).

If any Stoke fans can get me 2 copies per match, I'm happy to exchange with other clubs programmes.


Huddersfield are also doing FREE programmes at present. If you cannot get to the match just go to the online shop and you only pay a small amount for delivery.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 6:31 pm 
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programme_seller wrote:
Hats off to Stoke City who are distributing progrmmes this season FREE OF CHARGE, whilst some clubs around the country are using the excuse that they (clubs) lose money on their programmes each season(?)..


Easy when you have a billionaire chairman with nothing else to do with his money.

Most of us have to generate our own income.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 8:22 pm 
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How are the free programmes at Stoke distributed?

I've been to England games abroad where there has just been a huge pile or even a shopping trolley full of them, and people take about 10 each, to make a few quid on ebay, or to give to friends back home,

and at Holland away, one programme is put on each seat, some people who get in early took them off other peoples seats to get more than 1 each (although not as bad greed as when there is just a huge stack of glossy A4 programmes)

Are they on the turnstiles or what?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:37 pm 
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whosbrianwilson wrote:
programme_seller wrote:
Hats off to Stoke City who are distributing progrmmes this season FREE OF CHARGE, whilst some clubs around the country are using the excuse that they (clubs) lose money on their programmes each season(?)..


Easy when you have a billionaire chairman with nothing else to do with his money.

Most of us have to generate our own income.
In fairness to the Coates family, their billions is not inherited wealth but from their own vision and work to make it happen.
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programme_seller



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 22, 2021 10:50 pm 
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Dorking wrote:
How are the free programmes at Stoke distributed?

I've been to England games abroad where there has just been a huge pile or even a shopping trolley full of them, and people take about 10 each, to make a few quid on ebay, or to give to friends back home,

and at Holland away, one programme is put on each seat, some people who get in early took them off other peoples seats to get more than 1 each (although not as bad greed as when there is just a huge stack of glossy A4 programmes)

Are they on the turnstiles or what?


They're on the concourse (inside the stadium). Similar practice to some grounds in Spain (and other countries). Here's a link:- https://www.stokecityfc.com/news/2021/august/Pick-up-your-FREE-matchday-programme/
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2021 9:50 am 
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Fair play to them, a great intiative. As others have said, there are a lot of examples in Europe where programmes are free, or a nominal cost. Paid for by sponsors/advertisers.

They are sometimes a bit advert heavy for obvious reasons, but if it keeps programmes going, and as long as the basics are covered, then a great idea and gets more people reading them - which helps the advertisers.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2021 7:57 pm 
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Although it does say on the home concourses, which doesn't particularly help away fans (although no doubt plenty will find their way onto ebay, so not unobtainable)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 4:39 pm 
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Does anyone know if the programmes available outside of Stoke's ground or available in the away end?

How easy has it been for anyone who has already gone to Stoke as an away fan to get a copy at the ground rather than to order through Ignition?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 17, 2021 7:37 pm 
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Not a Stoke fan, but surely if you are going you should try your luck on the day for getting a free one, before resorting to ebay (where they sell pretty cheap)
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2021 8:31 am 
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You can also order from Ignition Sports
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