I am an AARP memeber for the discounts. However, I do not even consider the AARP products that they "push" on their members.
A couple of basic facts for anyone who is under the delusion that the AARP represents the views and/or interests of their members.
Less than 20% of their income comes from member's dues. The majority of their income comes from the insurance products they promote to their members. Not only are these products not a benefit to their memebers, they are universally more expensive that what their members could buy elsewhere. Talk about conflict of interest, they search out the companies that will give them the best CashBack percentage. If they truely representaed their memebers, they would be searching for the best deals and not accepting one penny on the backs of their memebers.
The AARP is no more an advocacy organization than is Cosco or for that matter FW. You could make a case that Costco is more honest because they don't pretend that your membership dues are for anything but purchasing products as a discount. FW doesn't charge a membership fee and pretty transparent about the affiliate fees they receive. In fact the AARP goes to great length to hide this from their memebers.
P.P.S. Would you be much of a fatwalleter if you bought every product from the company with the highest CashBack regardless of the product price. Well that is what the AARP does with their members money and then uses that windfall to advocate for their pet agendas (many times having nothing to do with senior issues).
posted: Jan. 31, 2010 @ 12:27a
groch said: Membership in this tiny ultra right wing front for the insurance industry
This is their stated proposal from their web site:
"Second, [health insurance] coverage will be required for all."
There is not a dime's worth of difference between AMAC and others. Fear them all equally.
posted: Jan. 31, 2010 @ 3:20a
Oh wow! I'm a shy FW poster--25 total since Oct. 2006 so it was a little mortifying to see this small discount bleed red. No offense was intended--we are AARP members and today we also joined AMAC. After calling to ask about the promo code field, I posted the code AMAC provided here for other FW users who may be interested. On a personal note, we were willing to risk $10 to see if 2 competing senior organizations may provide more value than AARP alone over the next 12 months.
Senior Member - 10K
posted: Jan. 31, 2010 @ 5:26a
do these associates enforce age discrimination or can anyone join?
posted: Jan. 31, 2010 @ 6:48a
Let's just really get things straight about AARP. They take in $650,000,000 every year for what they call their "branded" products! Yes, $650,000,000! They do not dispute this number. Second, they are firmly in favor of the proposed healthcare plan and SUPPORT Medicare REDUCTIONS of $500 BILLION over the next decade. They are opposed to Medicare Advantage programs. These statements are not disputed by at least one State Director of AARP. According to this same Director, they have not even considered supporting elimination of Social Security taxation.
Personally, I have found the AARP branded programs to be very expensive and not in my best interest.
As noted previously, AARP exists solely as a marketing organization. They definitely dod not support seniors. But, they are very good at convincing seniors that they (AARP) understand and support your needs. This has nothing to do with politics but simply what their mission is. Just as information, prior to retirement, I managed employee benefits including health insurance for over 30 years.
Senior Member - 10K
posted: Jan. 31, 2010 @ 8:23a
yah i get a sitthon of AARP mail from a wrong-address or something - maybe a dead person - tons and tons of marketing. must account for 80% of the mail i get. maybe old people don't use email so they spam your physical mailbox
posted: Jan. 31, 2010 @ 7:34p
they do what every other company does, push spam on their clients. every other day, ton of crap. they don't represent anyone except their own interests.
posted: Feb. 18, 2010 @ 7:22p
(FYI: On 18Feb10, entered 'CMP1107' for coupon code on AMAC web site but was rejected as "not found" (recognized). Even copied & pasted the code from mrspilot 30Jan-4:45p post, plus tried variations w/ caps/nocaps & spaces also with no success. Also tried for 1, 2 & 3 yr offers w/ same result. Assumption is it's no longer accepted/valid.
posted: Feb. 27, 2010 @ 5:13p
I tried enrolling to AMAC using your code "CMP1107". Got a response that the code could not be found. Are you sure this is the correct one?
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