Don't get me wrong Christina, I know everybody at Spyderco is very busy. I love Spyderco knives, but Spyderco could do a better job supporting enthusiasts. The collectors club requires a significant monetary investment. I would join if I could afford it, but I have kids in college. I have suggested before that Spyderco should have a club more along the lines of the Buck Knife Club. The investment is a lot smaller. I am not sure how many hundreds or thousands of dollars it costs every year to buy every new knife that Spyderco makes, but a lot of people can't afford that. Spyderco spends a lot of time and effort administering the collectors club program and that is fine, but they are missing out on supporting a large group of people that love the knives, are willing to promote them, and like to buy them. At the minimum, all I am asking for is to have Joyce, or someone do a little press release on the website or forum saying that a knife is out and shipping, or soon to be coming. It is crazy when we have to hear from fellow forumites that New Graham, or whoever has a new black-handled whatever available for sale. As enthusiasts we are free advertising and Spyderco is failing to utilize a very enthusiastic group of people. As I said before, the collectoers club is fine for those that can afford it, but Spyderco is missing out on communicating with a large base of forumites gathered here that quickly fan out to stores and websites asking about new Spyderco knives available. There is no better advertising than customers coming into a store and asking about knives that they want to buy. When the purchasing manager hears about knife requests. I believe it can make a difference for Spyderco. This can be a win-win situation for everybody. I am not asking for advance "secret" information, just let us know if something is available so we can buy it.
Along the same lines of promotion, There are a lot of us that would gladly put a Spyderco sticker on our cars, or at our work. Promoting knives does not have to cost a lot. It does take communiction. We all love these knives, let us help promote them. I am sure that extra sales wouldn't hurt.
Rant and rave over. What do the rest of you think.