November 8, 2019 at 10:38 am #964177
I belong to a local gym that has a yearly fee I don’t remember having to pay and I wondered if other gums do this. Bedides the joining fee and the monthly membership fee they also have a $56 ” enhancement fee”. This is to cover the changes that members request and updates to facilities. As a private owned profit business is this not their responsibility? Do other gyms do this? Maybe I am just naive. Please let me know if this is standard.November 8, 2019 at 11:49 am #964187
The gym I belong to also charges an enhancement fee, I think it’s $60. But there is no joining fee.November 8, 2019 at 4:29 pm #964213
I wonder if that ”enhancement fee” is just a means, on the part of the gym(s), to compensate for the “deals” they give to join and sign a contract for a year, or whatever?
I’ve never been a member of a gym, so am not familiar with their pricing structure, or any of the “small print”, other than the passing glance I may give an ad for a gym on TV.
Back before I got a smart TV and was having to pay the cable company in our area for both TV and internet, among the annoying fees shown in the itemization of my monthly bill was a “Regional Sports Network Fee” that had been around $5.00/mo for awhile. By the time I got the new TV 15 months ago, it at some point gone up to $8.50/mo, IIRC.
Although I was annoyed by all of the rest of the hidden fees, I really resented that one as I don’t watch any of the sports networks since I don’t care about sports, and usually mute the TV when the sports reports and game recaps come up on local news.
I know I wouldn’t be very happy as a gym member, to be soaked $56 or $60 (or *any* amount) if I never made any special requests.
MikeNovember 8, 2019 at 8:26 pm #964239
I just feel that as a private business it is their responsibility to pay for enhancements if they choose to add them. I shop at Nordstroms and sometimes don’t like what I see. Does the store ask for customers to pay for enhancements so we will shop there? No.. I go somewhere else or Norstroms pays for them.November 9, 2019 at 7:18 am #964263November 11, 2019 at 9:08 am #964436
Of course the business is responsible for paying for the improvements and they are absolutely going to dun you for them. A business can hit you up for whatever fees they choose, it’s a for profit business, not a nonprofit. If you don’t like the fee then go somewhere else.November 11, 2019 at 2:06 pm #964459
mark47n, your reply makes no sense. Buttercup is asking people if other gyms charge for a lump sum enhancement fee. Mine does not. My question would be, were you warned of this charge? or did it just show up on your bank statement? I agree with your analogy of shopping at Nordstroms. We’re already paying a membership at market rate that should be turning a profit for the gym. Why would they then ask for enhancement fees? Some percentage of that profit should be reinvested directly towards maintenance and enhancements, to keep people enrolled and joining.November 13, 2019 at 7:07 am #964576
Hank you newnative. I was just questioning what other gyms might do this. And mark46n it isn’t your business to tell me what to do. Pay attention to what I was asking.November 13, 2019 at 7:18 am #964579
Thankyou newnative. I was just questioning what other gyms might do this. And mark46n it isn’t your business to tell me what to do. Pay attention to what I was asking.November 13, 2019 at 11:41 am #964594
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