Originally Posted by Newby
Al, I have to respectfully disagree with you.
I have a problem with AARP
because they position themselves as an organization that "looks out" for the interests of seniors BUT in reality they DO NOT.
They sell them down the river with bad choices...at least in my part of the country.
Me? I'm a member just because I like junk mail.
Wait a minute... after all of your AARP
bashing... you are a member? That makes no sense.
I'm over 60 and I have a ton of smart, professional, highly-educated friends and clients who are members of AARP
. Only one of them that I know of has their insurance (a female surety bond agent (age 75) who has the AARP
UHC Med Sup for herself.)
does a lot of marketing of insurance. So does just about every other organization. Are you telling me that the majority of the people you sell to already have AARP
(branded) products? I won't agrue, except that has not been my experience in Northern CA.
In my experience, people join AARP
for the discounts, for their excellent publications, and their lobbying efforts on behalf of older people. I don't see much difference between AARP
and the NRA and/or any other large association open to a large segment of the public (including the auto clubs.)
As for working the older market, if you go into a client meeting and beat them up because they send $12 a year (now $16?) to AARP
it would show me that you simply don't understand THEIR needs and concerns. It would be the same with me walking into one of the right-wing conservatives (on this list) homes and castigating them for $ubscribing to the Rush Limbaugh newsletter or being a member of the NRA. And it would be the same if I went to the home of a San Francisco liberal and criticized them for being members of NPR, or Common Cause, or GRL.
People, especially older people simply are not as stupid as you imply.
If you sat in my living room and saw the AARP
magazine on the coffee table and started in on me because I'm a member, I'd boot your ass out in two seconds.
If you want to compete with AARP
with your United/Omaha supps, fine. Make your pitch. But I can only assume that you tell your clients what you've told us here about how stupid everyone is who sends their money to AARP
Older people (BTW
, do you know that senior's hate being called "seniors"... bet you don't) are simply not as stupid as guys like Rick here think we are. If we were, each of us would have the full complement of AARP
products and guys like you and Rick would be sitting on the hood of my car asking people for spare change!
No one says you need to like the AARP
and no one will argue with you that they have some issues or that they are imperfect. But to imply that because I'm a member that I must somehow be an idiot is kind of a stretch (unless you ask Rick.)