Compared to the
top twenty method you originally laid out, this method of apportioning Front Sight coins seems more fair. The math isn’t the problem, though. The problem remains that you are giving imaginary items in exchange for tangible ones.
To illustrate how illusory these coins are, I called Front Sight to see if I could drive over and spend some of my Front Sight coins on ammunition at the Ammo Bunker. The answer, of course, was
no. The Ammo Bunker sells ammunition only to registered students, and then only enough to satisfy the requirements of the currently-registered class. What this means is that Front Sight coins are good only for what you say they are good for, only when you say they are good, at a rate of exchange that only you control.
Additionally, being able to register for a class requires one to pay the $50 monthly membership fee. Once registered, one must pay the range and staff fees, etc. None of these fees can be paid with Front Sight coins, Front Sight credits, or Front Sight bucks. Once again, you demand of members pay to redeem that which you claim to have given in abundance.
This creates other problems, too. Let’s say a man wants to go to Front Sight with three friends. He has 2,000 coins in his account, so he offers to buy ammunition for everyone. Only he cannot, because while he can buy ammunition for his class, he is not able to buy ammunition for others. Those coins are not really his because he is prevented from using them as he wants; you control every aspect of them.
Many years ago I worked in a business owned by Carl Haas. One of his mottos was,
I like to make a little money on everything I give away. You appear to have adopted his approach.
In closing, I again urge you to renounce this restructuring and hold true to the promises you have made for years and which are, in fact, still made on frontsight.com.
Greg Raven, Apple Valley, CA