Slight of Hand "Head Line" Pricing

Notlobgp14 replied on 13/04/2019 20:33

Posted on 13/04/2019 20:33

We've recently returned from a Coast to Coast, Irish Sea to North Sea, trip; Blackpool to Scarborough.  Both of the sites were lightly populated but it was High Season, £28.70 and £30.30 respectively per night Standard Pitch two adults.  We thought this was excessive due to the Obvious lack of demand.

I downloaded the Prices Leaflet, a new introduction this year.  This made for Interesting reading.  Headline From prices for Pitch plus one, for example Borrowdale £10.10, we'll visit then; but that applies for One Day Only, 3rd Nov.  The next higher price is only £1.20 more, so why bother Fiddling one day cheaper?  There are 44 dates available at £11.30, shouldn't that be the Headline?

What's going on with this club of ours?  I've given just the one example, but more similar can be found.  I wonder what the Objective was in such pricing?  Some answers from the Hierarchy would be good.

bandgirl replied on 15/04/2019 17:43

Posted on 13/04/2019 22:54 by MollysMummy

but as said ... the 'price from' used to be pitch plus 2 

Posted on 15/04/2019 17:43

This is true, but it must be an advantage to the solo caravanners/motorhomers amongst us who now don’t have to pay for an extra adult, surely?

Admittedly it wasn’t announced that it was changing from outfit + 2 to outfit + 1, and it was confusing to start with, but it is stated on the web site, so not really hidden during the booking process.

Not criticising MollysMummy, by the way.  Just pointing out a fact that hasn’t been discussed.laughing

Edit: Just realised Solo travellers has been mentioned in earlier posts....

BoleroBoy replied on 16/04/2019 09:24

Posted on 14/04/2019 15:28 by moulesy

I'm starting to think I must be missing out on some of the excitement others experience when booking sites. I choose where I want to go, look at suitable sites, input dates and then make a decision about whether to book or not. But in future I'm going to spend hours, even days maybe, poring over price lists with my calculator to establish what, up to now, has taken me less than a couple of minutes to decide. laughing

Posted on 16/04/2019 09:24

M, I'm sure there are many members (perhaps like your good self) who don't have to 'worry' about the relentless rise in club site prices.

luckilyundecided, it doesn't affect me either, but for some, the ability to just up and go (spontaneous touring) even for those with the time, is now being seriously affected by that another parameter, cost.

we get thread after thread about those who are either finding pricing difficult to square or see the club pricing structure as 'complicated' (being generous) or down right devious.

but behind all this smoke is the real issue of more expensive pitches, where, little by little, long standing member who don't have the means to just absorb these rises are having to cut their cloth....

yes, the club isn't a charity, but the rises are usually above inflation which is really hurting those on fixed (or fairly fixed) incomes.

comments from some along the lines of 'I just check dates and then go....blah, blah...' must stick in the craw of those who are having to reduce their touring time as a direct result of these price lifts.

fiddling the headline price to make it appear cheaper when it's actually dearer for a couple probably grates, too.

BoleroBoy replied on 16/04/2019 09:27

Posted on 15/04/2019 17:43 by bandgirl

This is true, but it must be an advantage to the solo caravanners/motorhomers amongst us who now don’t have to pay for an extra adult, surely?

Admittedly it wasn’t announced that it was changing from outfit + 2 to outfit + 1, and it was confusing to start with, but it is stated on the web site, so not really hidden during the booking process.

Not criticising MollysMummy, by the way.  Just pointing out a fact that hasn’t been discussed.laughing

Edit: Just realised Solo travellers has been mentioned in earlier posts....

Posted on 16/04/2019 09:27

but surely the 'solo' got the solo price...one + pitch....as now. no change in the actual charging process.

the issue above is that to reduce the headline price, it's being quoted as 'one + pitch' whereas it was always 'two + pitch' which is how the majority would tour.

Cornersteady replied on 16/04/2019 10:00

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:00

So people who would love to stay on club sites look at the from price and their hearts flutter with excitement, yes I can now afford my life's dream they say. They go thought the booking process and disappointment sets in, no that dream is still beyond me. I'll have to sell the thousands I've invested in my MH/outfit. Should have checked the prices before I bought all that.

What nonsense, who ever believes the from price in anything you want to buy?

Often we are told that there are far better and cheaper sites out there, (in fact stayers on club sites are not savvy enough to know this we have been told) so find a site to suit your budget. That is life.

You would think that by some of the posters above that club sites are the only ones out there and you are forced to use them.

brue replied on 16/04/2019 10:17

Posted on 16/04/2019 09:27 by BoleroBoy

but surely the 'solo' got the solo price...one + pitch....as now. no change in the actual charging process.

the issue above is that to reduce the headline price, it's being quoted as 'one + pitch' whereas it was always 'two + pitch' which is how the majority would tour.

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:17

Apart from the fact that's it's discriminatory to always quote the world of coupledom the club are correct in quoting the lowest price but the thing to remember this is also a non ehu price and only available on very limited dates in the calendar. So buyer beware, the prices will inevitably seem inflated after that. 

moulesy replied on 16/04/2019 10:27

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:27

"M, I'm sure there are many members (perhaps like your good self) who don't have to 'worry' about the relentless rise in club site prices."

 

I didn't  say I "don't have to worry" about rising prices as I suspect you well know, BB. I decide if the price is good value and then book if so. Usually, because we tour with dog (s) the club works out at good value for us but often we will look for alternatives out of peak times. One good thing about the club price strategy is its flexibility.  For instance, last week at Cirencester I was solo for the first night, Mrs M joined me for the next two nights, then I was solo again. By booking as pitch + 1 and then paying for the extra 2 adults nights we got what I considered a great deal.(6 nights for a touch over £100).  I doubt other providers would be so accommodating. 

BoleroBoy replied on 16/04/2019 10:43

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:17 by brue

Apart from the fact that's it's discriminatory to always quote the world of coupledom the club are correct in quoting the lowest price but the thing to remember this is also a non ehu price and only available on very limited dates in the calendar. So buyer beware, the prices will inevitably seem inflated after that. 

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:43

my point exactly, buyer beware.....where they didn't need to (so much) before wink

BoleroBoy replied on 16/04/2019 10:47

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:27 by moulesy

"M, I'm sure there are many members (perhaps like your good self) who don't have to 'worry' about the relentless rise in club site prices."

 

I didn't  say I "don't have to worry" about rising prices as I suspect you well know, BB. I decide if the price is good value and then book if so. Usually, because we tour with dog (s) the club works out at good value for us but often we will look for alternatives out of peak times. One good thing about the club price strategy is its flexibility.  For instance, last week at Cirencester I was solo for the first night, Mrs M joined me for the next two nights, then I was solo again. By booking as pitch + 1 and then paying for the extra 2 adults nights we got what I considered a great deal.(6 nights for a touch over £100).  I doubt other providers would be so accommodating. 

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:47

I actually agree, and we do the same, all over Europe from the cheapest (nothing) to (as. special treat) the dearest....

but im sure many club members still thing 'their club' for which they pay an annual fee, is giving them the best value without them having to think too much.

i also agree, times are changing and even a members club has to make ends meet, it's the over inflation rises and 'sneakiness' that's the bit some don't 'appreciate'..smile

BoleroBoy replied on 16/04/2019 10:51

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:00 by Cornersteady

So people who would love to stay on club sites look at the from price and their hearts flutter with excitement, yes I can now afford my life's dream they say. They go thought the booking process and disappointment sets in, no that dream is still beyond me. I'll have to sell the thousands I've invested in my MH/outfit. Should have checked the prices before I bought all that.

What nonsense, who ever believes the from price in anything you want to buy?

Often we are told that there are far better and cheaper sites out there, (in fact stayers on club sites are not savvy enough to know this we have been told) so find a site to suit your budget. That is life.

You would think that by some of the posters above that club sites are the only ones out there and you are forced to use them.

Posted on 16/04/2019 10:51

lovely post (whatever it meant) but it doesn't address the concerns of the OP and the many other threads commenting on the Club's over inflation rises and, now, a few sneaky changes in the price presentation.

a recurring and concerning theme often dismissed out of hand by some.