[Live-demo] [Marketing] OSGeo and micro payments

Cameron Shorter cameron.shorter at gmail.com
Thu Apr 11 15:45:30 PDT 2013

It concerns me that OSGeo is not set up to pay micro payments. (I 
understand each payment costs $30?)
I think that it is important for the marketing committee to be able to 
spend its $10,000 budget in $100 to $500 amounts, which equates to ~ 50 
payments. (At $30/payment, that is $1500, or 15% of our budget).

I question the value we are getting from our banker if we have this sort 
of cost, and suggest that we investigate alternatives.
Are there strong reasons for continuing with our current situation of 
$30 transaction fees?

On 11/04/2013 11:16 PM, Daniel Morissette wrote:
> 2- With my treasurer hat on:
> Dozens or hundreds of micro-payments is clearly a no-go given the 
> current setup (unfortunately).
> Daniel
> On 13-04-10 7:11 PM, Cameron Shorter wrote:
>> In the Marketing Committee meeting today, we discussed how we would pay
>> for distribution of DVDs/USBs/Stickers to 50 - 100 events around the
>> world (at ~ $50 - $400 per event).
>> Options floated:
>> 1. Volunteer(s) coordinate the once off printing of 1000s of
>> DVD/USB/stickers, then coordinate the posting to events. This will
>> require volunteer(s) to step up and coordinate. Ideally, have a
>> volunteer for each region. Downside, in some places we will print too
>> many, sometimes not enough.
>> 2. Events to coordinate printing of material for their own events in
>> line with our sponsorship guidelines, then send a bill to OSGeo.
>> Downside, the will result in lots of micro payments, along with
>> associated time processing them.
>> 3. Push the publishing and distributing to a printing provider.
>> Downside, this will require someone to research options, and it will
>> probably cost us more. It might still result in lots of micro payments
>> (to the printer)
>> Daniel, as OSGeo Treasurer, I'm interested to hear your thoughts.
>> Others are also welcome to add suggestions.

Cameron Shorter
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