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TUGBBS forum breaks 82,000 users!

Discussion in 'About TUG BBS' started by TUGBrian, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. Slinger

    Slinger TUG Member

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    TUG is an amazingly helpful place for those looking to buy into a travel/vacation package. We can only hope that the word continues to spread and save people time, money and the hassle of overpaying. :clap:
     
  2. rickandcindy23

    rickandcindy23 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    I wish every timeshare owner knew about TUG. There are too many companies taking advantage of disenchanted owners, and this forum could help so many of them. A simple internet search is all they need to find TUG.
     
  3. TUGBrian

    TUGBrian Administrator

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    hit 79,000 just a few days ago! looks like we might be able to celebrate 80,000 users for TUGs 23rd birthday next month!
     
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  4. Elli

    Elli TUG Member

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    Great, Brian, keep it up !!
     
  5. icydog

    icydog TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Good Job Brian

    I'm wishing you luck on your birthday wish of 80,000 members. That's a hell of a lot of timeshare owners. CONGRATS! And thanks for all your hard work. Marylyn
     
  6. TUGBrian

    TUGBrian Administrator

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    doh, we cleaned up a bunch of spam/old/fake/bot registrations before the upgrade...back down to 78k or so =(
     
  7. pedro47

    pedro47 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Who is the oldest Tug living member?
     
  8. dioxide45

    dioxide45 TUG Review Crew: Veteran TUG Member

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    That would be hard to tell as not everyone inputs their birth date in to their personal details.
     
  9. Makai Guy

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    Plus, I expect some of those registered folks have deceased. Unless someone knows them and notifies us of their passing, there is no way for us to know.
     
  10. TUGBrian

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    strong registration numbers since the upgrade! seems like the new forums are way easier to find in search engines!

    back up over 78,000 after the mass delete before the upgrade! outstanding!
     
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  11. pedro47

    pedro47 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    I am surprised that most Tuggers purchase their first timeshare resale. Because in the early development and years of the timeshare industry in the United States. The majority of timeshare resorts were brand new or converted hotels /motels. There was no resell market. This is my opinion only. We purchased our first timeshare from a developer. But the second one we purchase resale and saved big, big dollars.

    I tell everyone about this website and how much knowledge is on this site. I tell them that individual posting on this website are individuals, who exactly owned a timeshare property.

    Second thought, I do understand why most Tuggers purchase resell. 78,000 Tuggers represents only a very small numbers of timeshare owners. Thus, Tuggers are some smart educated consumers.
     
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  12. TUGBrian

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    eh, i wouldnt go so far as to say that most tuggers first buy is resale.

    I would say that the vast majority of folks after finding TUG, their next buy is resale however!


    also 78,000 only represents this version of the forums, when we moved to vbulletin in the mid 2000s we could not migrate or "upgrade" from that forum software so we had to start over from scratch with 0 =)

    add on top of that, the hundreds of thousands of individual visitors that come to the TUG websites that dont join or register, but just get information...and our footprint is a bit bigger!
     
  13. nitemaire

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    I fit that category. Purchased first one from developer. Discovered TUG years later (I was okay with the price when I purchased). Next 2 purchases were both resale. Saved a fortune thanks to what I learned on TUG.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-N910A using Tapatalk
     
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  14. BellaWyn

    BellaWyn TUG Review Crew: Rookie TUG Member

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    ... a "bit" bigger...? That's an modest understatement right?
     
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  15. TUGBrian

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    and back over 79,000 as of today! board is seeing incredible amounts of traffic since the upgrade...should have migrated to xenforo long ago!
     
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  16. AnnaS

    AnnaS TUG Member

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    Congrats Brian!!
     
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  17. Sugarcubesea

    Sugarcubesea TUG Member

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    I agree, I found this forum as I wanted to find a way to take more economical vacations and TUG has allowed me to purchase on the resale market 3 timeshares that I love. I love TUG and all of the advice I have received.
     
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  18. pedro47

    pedro47 TUG Review Crew: Expert TUG Member

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    Every time I visited a resort I talked about this web site and how helpful it is.
     
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  19. TUGBrian

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    its no surprise how many folks put "someone I met on vacation" or "another owner I met at the pool but forgot their name" in the referral section when joining!

    there is no better advertising than direct word of mouth from owner to owner!
     
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  20. tinkerbell2

    tinkerbell2 TUG Member

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    Thanks to TUG, when I first got into timeshares, I bought resale ....I didn't even know it existed back then... I learned so much on this site and I continue to spread the word !


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  21. nitemaire

    nitemaire TUG Member

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    [Meant to quote Brian's response that it was over 79,000...picked the wrong quote.]
    I get excited every time I login and see the number climb. I can't wait to see it at 100,000, then 1,000,000 and beyond! TUG will get there, and I'll be proud to say I was there when it happened.
     
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  22. GT75

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    Congratulations Brian to you and your Dad. Thanks for all of your hard work in keeping us informed.
     
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  23. TUGBrian

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    certainly increasing in activity on the forums since the upgrade, we are close to 80,000 now and its only been a month!

    you only have yourselves to thank, this forum would not exist without the great folks that participate on it for no other reason than to make the most of their timesharing situation and "pay it forward" to those who are in the shoes they were in at one time in their timeshare journey!
     
  24. vacationtime1

    vacationtime1 TUG Member

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    The real excitement is whether reaching the 80,000 member benchmark happens before or after reaching the 200,000 Discussion thread benchmark!
     
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  25. TUGBrian

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    i noticed that too!

    500 new posts...or 90 new members!
     

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