They also offered me a Netdunio Plus when it was first announced to be part of their public beta. I was trying to buy a Netduino regular off them at the same time however found that they’d go from replying instantly to my messages to not replying at all. I’ve sort of given up. I have 2 dominos, 4 pandas, and now i have Panda Tinkerer, Chipworkx and Mini + robot kit on the way from GHI… Netduino certainly have a well presented product as far as their website and packaging but GHI’s offerings are so much more powerful (look at ChipWorkX).
As another idea for Points Exchange. Perhaps a code included with each device that would get the user $x*5 points (where product value is x… so a panda would get you 175pts) when the registered on the website. This would:
a) get people knowing that TinyCLR is here to help - increasing the size of the community
b) give users some points to get started on so they can use the points in the points exchange.
c) give people a reward for buying a GHI product
1000 full colour glossy flyers printed in china or india with a randomised code would only cost a few cents per flyer.
Existing members could send a photo of a code or QR Code (downloaded from the website) printed out with a photo of their GHI devices to get additional points.
Sending out a little info sheet with each device could also double as a quick reference guide and mention to people about the ebook and such too. This may help people get into FEZ faster. An A5 size flyer would be fine, it wouldn’t even need to be double sided. Alternatively, a sticker with the code could be made and GHI could start using boxes for their products - the sticker would then be attached.