Insurance and magazines and the various things

Recently anti-gun people have been making a big deal about the termination of hotel and rental car discounts for NRA members. The belief that this is the reason gun owners join the NRA goes back to at least 2004 in anti-gun organizations:

There are 90 million gun owners in the United States. Only 3.5 million want the insurance and magazines and the various things you get for joining the NRA.

I wonder if there was some backroom strategy meeting where anti-gun people decided they could cause the NRA significant financial harm by destroying the relationships between these businesses and the NRA.

I have occasionally tried to get a good deal renting a car or hotel using the NRA discounts and I have never found it to be as good a deal as I could get via some other channel. Hence, my guess is that these discounts did not result in much business for the hotels and car rental agencies. So, when they were confronted by the angry mobs perhaps they figured there wasn’t that much to lose anyway. So, why have to deal with the hassle?

If they only looked at the loss of the business from people using the NRA discounts I suspect they miscalculated the total costs of that decision. Let’s make that as obvious to them as we can.

7 thoughts on “Insurance and magazines and the various things

  1. I can’t prove it, but I’m certain there has been a backroom deal done to make that happen. I’m also certain that a number of the requests these companies got asking them to sever ties, came from bots. Very little is accidental and evermore, very little is even real.

  2. It’s well known that people join AARP for the magazine and the discounts, so it’s natural for the Leftists to believe that the NRA members are motivated by the same materialist things as the useful idiots on the left. Assuming that AARP members even recognize that the organization is Leftist.

  3. I never gave them business for the discounts but I’m surely going to take business away because they bowed to the anti-liberty mob. I have a half dozen people who work under me that I control their frequent travel arrangements. Guess which companies wont be used again….

  4. I was very minimally aware of a few of the discounts available to NRA members, mostly car rental stuff, and I had an Enterprise Plus membership (which I closed and sent the card back last week) which had very good rates, so I never used it. This discussion has made me aware of quite a few more discounts that I never used. I’m cheap, so I always try to negotiate a better deal, and if there’s a discount program for some sort of membership I may or may not have, I consider that a starting point.

    I can’t not shop at Dick’s at any greater level than I’ve not been shopping at Dick’s ever since they screwed the guys at Troy Arms 6 years ago; my First National Bank NRA Visa card is on its way back to Omaha, FedEx (sort of) saved me closing that account and opening a UPS account, and I have always refused to patronize companies that have an anti-gun position, such as Costco. I vote with my dollars, and I agree, if we took to seriously leveraging the economic power of not just ~5M NRA members but millions of gun owners, we could change the business landscape in the U.S.

  5. About that Delta tax break thing….first, it will have an impact on Delta’s bottom line which will require Delta to either pass along their higher costs to consumers – a negative impact to Delta’s business which could make other airlines’s fares more attractive, enhancing their competitive position vs Delta – or it will impact their profitability if they don’t raise fares to recover it. Probably some of both, I’m guessing, plus, maybe, some cost-cutting measures in the poorly lighted areas of the corporation. The great majority of consumers do not understand that corporations do not pay taxes, they collect taxes.

    Second, it sends a message. Delta believed they operated in the rarefied air of a No Consequences Environment (or maybe even in a Liberal Positive Consequences Environment) . That turned out to not be the case. $40M will have an impact on Delta, but not certainly not a crippling one; the biggest impact will be new awareness of Flyover Country Backlash. It will be interesting to compare the financial data in Delta’s 2017 annual report to the 2018 data, but we’ll have to wait until 2019 to do that.

    Not that such awareness will be a benefit to us, unless we can manage to politely and consistently maintain the pressure as a matter of course. For those who live in Georgia, it’d be a nice time to drop a positive note to your legislators, even if they weren’t out in front on this; commending those who were to those who weren’t will be noticed – November 2018 is only 7+ months away.

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