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Harbour Lights Collectors Society 2005-2006 Announced

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Postby vacastle » Thu Mar 17, 2005 10:26 pm


Announced tonight on the Collector Forums:
    Gift Lighthouse: Hilton Head Front Range (Lost Lighthouse)
    Member Redemption Piece: Hilton Head Rear Range (with Eagle's Nest) $85
    Member Dues $39 Same as last year
The big changes:
Members will no longer receive the cloisonne pin, the Mark Sherman print, and the available Society Ornament. Also, this will be the last printed issue of The Lighthouse Legacy; the quarterly Lighthouse Legacy will be available only online in an HTML format.

The gift piece will be mailed directly (after June 1) and the redemption piece will be ordered through a dealer (available after June 1 also). And if you want to renew membership, or join, that option will be available in about a week.

You can visit the Harbour Lights site at http://www.harbourlights.com/index.htm

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Postby Pharoslvr » Fri Mar 18, 2005 6:17 am


Apparently "tough times" have hit HL. :(


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Postby shirin » Fri Mar 18, 2005 8:04 am


Looks like there's an extra $39 I'll be spending elsewhere this year. :?
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Postby Ross » Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:14 am


Eek, I just thought of way they can fix this:

Fire the marketing person that came up with this idea and save the company $95,000 a year in salary.
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Postby Pharoslvr » Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:35 am


For "starters" I think that's a good idea, Ross :!:

Brent

P.S. It's interesting that last year, when they went from $32 to $39 for membership, they boasted about future "upgrades." Now, they've kept the $39 fee and are doing "downgrades"....'not a good sign, at all.
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Postby Ross » Fri Mar 18, 2005 9:57 am


Their price point is far too high, and they probably have no real sales/financial staff to alert them of this. They're trying to solve money problems by jacking margin which will eliminate a good percentage of their customer/sales base. Alienating the people that got you to where you are is not a good business practice.
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Postby vacastle » Fri Mar 18, 2005 10:55 am


Also what I have seen personally...

They have been paying for the back page ad of the OBLHS newsletter for years. They cancelled this, abruptly, and the issue members will be receiving soon, is the first in the history of the newsletter w/o Harbour Lights ad.

They started last year charging shipping for all the freebies, i.e., anything they donate.

They have stopped being overly generous with their time & appearances.

So.... :roll:
Now do we start worrying about the value of our existing collection?

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Postby Pharoslvr » Fri Mar 18, 2005 11:41 am


I've been concerned about the "values" for close to three years. When it gets to the point where you can buy a limited-edition HL for $40 on e-bay, while the piece is still considered in the "introduction" stage, then it's time to worry! :(
In addition to agreeing with what Ross just said, I think that once the leadership changed hands at HL, it seemed to go off into to damn many directions other than what they built their reputation on.

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Postby Ross » Fri Mar 18, 2005 1:36 pm


Unfortunately, I've seen this happen in a lot of collector areas. It's inevitable, and even moreso when the upper management practices change.
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Postby plebetkin » Fri Mar 18, 2005 2:38 pm


Wouldn't hurt HL to revist their mission statement and purpose. I think they have lost their focus. If there was a way that the price point of each piece could be brought down without suffering quality, then popularity might go back up. I've heard from some that HL has priced themselves out of the market, that there are other model maker companies with more reasonable price points, and of course, e-bay has reflected a deflated after market.
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Postby vacastle » Thu Mar 24, 2005 3:10 pm


For photos of the redemption piece, Hilton Head Rear Range and the piece that comes with your Collectors Society membership, Hilton Head Front Range, look on the Harbour Lights site at: http://www.harbourlights.com/society/index.htm

I'll tell you what, that Rear Range skeletal tower looks pretty darn spiffy. Having stayed at Palmetto Dunes in Hilton Head a bunch of times, I'm going to have to spring for this one.

The "free" piece is advertised as "one of the largest gift pieces ever produced" in the history of the Collectors Society. This is the first time I think I've ever seen a photo of the front range light anywhere, and it's charming...a cottage style keeper's home with the range light on top.

I think the change I'm sorriest to see is stopping the hard copy version of the Legacy. Change is always hard, but we adapt. I just wonder what percentage of CS members do not use computers.

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Postby shirin » Mon Apr 04, 2005 7:16 am


Just came across this link that might be of interest to some of the members here on the HL Collectors Forums. This link should allow you to sign up for an email based newsletter from Harbour Lights to replace the printed Legacy newsletters.

https://www.harbourlights.com/email/
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Postby plebetkin » Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:32 pm


I hope that Harbour Lights never folds, but if it does, and pieces are no longer being made, as those that are left become scarcer to find, some will undoubtedly begin to rise in value.
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Postby plebetkin » Wed Apr 06, 2005 3:34 pm


another thought, is it because all the "good" ("popular") lighthouses have been produced that is causing a concern? If so-called "unpopular" ligthouses are left to produce, and their is concern over whether there would be a market, Harbour Lights needs to reinvent itself. That's why, I think, we see boats/ships and ballons and other items appearing.
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Postby vacastle » Mon Jun 06, 2005 9:10 pm


Catching up on some threads...

If so-called "unpopular" ligthouses are left to produce, and their is concern over whether there would be a market, Harbour Lights needs to reinvent itself. That's why, I think, we see boats/ships and ballons and other items appearing.


Oh Peter, not to argue with you, but the Anchor Bay series of Harbour Lights is some of my favorite. The lightships and the Coast Guard Cutters are very much a part of lighthouse history, and the lightships were actually lighthouses at sea, a ship placed where a light was needed in a place where there could be no lighthouse.

For this collector, I hope the Anchor Bay line remains strong, and new pieces continue to be introduced. And where is there an "unpopular" lighthouse?

Also hoping they keep those lenses coming.

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