I was a member of BMW and Porsche community for few years, and things were done a bit differently by sponsors on this forums. I know, I'm not in Kansas anymore, but here's what I mean by things are done differently. If a company comes out with a product, and they want their customers to buy into their product, they would offer some kind of discount for members. In turn, members will give an honest opinion of a product, and if it's good than everybody wins. This is the best way to advertise and sell any product. Also, what's the purpose of sponsoring forums if you don't give any discounts to forum members? These enthusiasts keeping companies in business, so as part of the appreciation offer discounts more than once a year. Personally, I only do business with companies that do right by their customers. This is just something to think about for all.