Price Raises of the Bridge
Developement of the Prices of the OT-Levels between 1974 and 1996
author: R. A. Crawford]
Upper Bridge prices 1974 and 1996.
I got out some old Advance! Mags looking for silly wins, and was astonished to see the change in prices. Yes, the bridge has been reorganized, probably more than once, but my point is that old 10% per month increase game really has boosted the prices. If my wages had only done as well....
(1974 data: Advance #14 page 9.
1974 1996 Solo Course Part 1 $775.00 $3,200 Clearing Course $800.00 $2,800 *OT Preparations n/a $6,600 *Solo Course Part 2 n/a $1,900 *OT Eligibility n/a $6,600 *OT I $ 75.00 $2,000 *OT II $500.00 $3,800 *OT III $875.00 $6,500 In 1974 Section III Expanded was free to anyone who completed OT VII. OT IV $ 75.00 $13,000 OT V $875.00 $29,600 OT VI setups $200.00 $18,500 OT VI $875.00 $12,800 Pledge Intensive n/a $9,250 OT VII $ 75.00 $3,500 OT VII C/Sing $6,400 OT VIII $500.00 $10,000 OT VIII auditing $14,800 Totals: $3,200.00 $140,950.00 (before any discounts)
Can you say r-a-p-a-c-i-o-u-s? RAPACIOUS. Get it? Good.
Attention: Don't think, that the current or 1996 Bridge is the same than the 1974 Bridge: it is not: Instead of the real OT Levels IV to VII with positiv OT-gains today there is only some NOTS by David Mayo called NEW OT IV to VII, with just negativ gain and pre-OT stuff. The real OT Levels IV to VII are lost in the church and usually also in the freezone.
Remark by Andreas Gross