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Craig Sheppard
12-20-2006, 10:22 AM
Hey, does anyone remember the USTA Lifetime Membership option? I think it used to be in the $300 or $400 range... I don't see that option any longer on the USTA web site. Have they stopped offering this?

raiden031
12-20-2006, 10:30 AM
I thought it was like $160. $300 seems a little high

Craig Sheppard
12-20-2006, 10:43 AM
I thought it was like $160. $300 seems a little high

$160 is the current price for a 5-year membership... basically pay $40 for 4 years, they give you a 5th free. $300 wouldn't be cheap for a 20 year old... basically you get membership the next 50 or 60 years of your life for $300....

bleach
12-20-2006, 10:50 AM
I just (today) got an email about renewing my membership. I looked around and found the lifetime membership : $750 ... ouch. it would take like 18 years to make that worth it.

raiden031
12-20-2006, 10:53 AM
definitely not worth it. Who can be certain that they will stick with USTA leagues for that long?

Craig Sheppard
12-20-2006, 11:12 AM
I just (today) got an email about renewing my membership. I looked around and found the lifetime membership : $750 ... ouch. it would take like 18 years to make that worth it.

Yeah, that's definitely not worth it. When I was growing up, it was around $300 or so I think... but that was when a year's membership was $25. I don't really play leagues, but for tournaments you need the membership too. Hardly a year goes by when I'm not entered in at least one of those. But $750's too steep for me as well...

Ronaldo
12-20-2006, 11:16 AM
Paid $200 20 yrs ago, seemed like a good deal.

raiden031
12-20-2006, 11:18 AM
Hell you can get season tickets to an amusement park at less than double the value of a single day's ticket. 18 years is a long time to pay for itself. Maybe if you factor in inflation it will be costing $100/year for a membership by that point.

Craig Sheppard
12-20-2006, 11:22 AM
What kills me is, for the tournament player, you have to pay the membership fee, and STILL pay the $25-35 per tournament per event to play! The membership is really geared towards leagues, not tourneys....

Tchocky
12-20-2006, 11:24 AM
The lifetime option is no longer offered. People are living too long these days. The USTA was losing money on these folks.

bleach
12-20-2006, 11:59 AM
It's still listed on the website as an option!

PBODY99
12-20-2006, 05:33 PM
What a "lifetime" membership tries to do is get enough money so that the interest will cover the cost for the Life of the membership. I paid an amount that may have turned out to be a money loser for the USTA, if the return on the $200 from 20 years ago just didn't keep up with the inflation rate of the membership. The usual long term rate of return quoted is 7% for the S & P 500 (1925 to 1995) adjusted for inflation of course.

slice bh compliment
12-20-2006, 06:09 PM
What a "lifetime" membership tries to do is get enough money so that the interest will cover the cost for the Life of the membership. I paid an amount that may have turned out to be a money loser for the USTA, if the return on the $200 from 20 years ago just didn't keep up with the inflation rate of the membership. The usual long term rate of return quoted is 7% for the S & P 500 (1925 to 1995) adjusted for inflation of course.

Yeah, either that OR
the money is not being invested well
OR
some of it is paying for Arlen and co.'s limousines and fancy hotels.

LoveThisGame
12-20-2006, 07:38 PM
I became a USTA Life Member in 1970 for $100, tax deductible (went to junior tennis). What a deal! Whata country!

Edit: went, not wents!

winks
12-21-2006, 04:00 AM
I became a USTA Life Member in 1970 for $100, tax deductible (went to junior tennis). What a deal! Whata country!

Edit: went, not wents!

Not saying it wasn't a good or bad deal, but $100 in 1970 is a lot more in today's dollars. According to the CPI index, it's about $520...

Consumer Price Index (CPI) 1800 to 2016 (http://oregonstate.edu/Dept/pol_sci/fac/sahr/cv2000.pdf)

bleach
12-21-2006, 04:26 AM
Yeah, but since the USTA membership is now $40/year... I think he's more than paid off his $100.

LoveThisGame
12-21-2006, 06:35 PM
bleach, you nailed it. winks, don't overlook the tax deduction. Not huge, but one of my better investments.

At the time I figured I would play tournaments as long as I could. As soon as I could afford it, I acted.

At the same time, I took a life subscription to World Tennis. After awhile, WT came with the USTA membership, but then it was spun off. WT tried to get me to pay for a subscription, but I pointed out my lifer. WT did expire in a bit, but I gained more than my payment.

I just checked the USTA site and could not find that they still offer lifetime membership.

Bigtime
12-22-2006, 09:15 AM
I just signed up a couple of weeks ago, and I'm certain that the lifetime offer was somewhere when you get to the payment option page. I figured I had better not opt for that since I'm 47 (47 yr old body+teenage adrenaline level=more injury prone) and just getting back into tennis-plus I've never tried leagues before.

raiden031
12-22-2006, 09:21 AM
Why is a USTA membership tax deductible?

Voltron
12-22-2006, 09:22 AM
Lucky me, I won a 5 year membership from tournys.

LoveThisGame
12-22-2006, 04:27 PM
raiden031, a life membership was tax deductible because the money went to junior tennis, or so I was told. Yesterday, I checked the USTA web site and don't see the life memberhip being offered.

Eviscerator
12-23-2006, 08:00 PM
The lifetime option is no longer offered. People are living too long these days. The USTA was losing money on these folks.


LOL,,,first of all it is still offered. Second, rest assured they were not losing money on it, they are just making much more now. Some people have forgotten how inexpensive it use to be for a lifetime membership. It was just a few years ago that they raised their prices across the board. The % of increase was most dramatic for the lifetime membership though everything went up pretty high. The trouble is that they have cut back on services, awards, manpower, etc. all in the name of maximizing profit at the alter of the almighty dollar.

BreakPoint
12-23-2006, 09:08 PM
The last time that I saw the USTA Lifetime Membership offered on the renewal form was about 4-5 years ago and it was $400, if I remember correctly. I should have taken them up on that deal then. Dang it!!!

I would have broken even in only 10 years (assuming they don't even raise the rates again, which of course, they will).

West Coast Ace
12-24-2006, 10:25 AM
FYI - didn't see it on the website either. But if you call the 800-990-8782 line the messages do mention Lifetime membership - they're closed for the holidays so I didn't get to talk to anyone (will on the 26th) - so I don't know how much it costs.