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  • Broder Tuck
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    Originally posted by clintonslayton76 View Post
    ... because I have not yet had any queries from anyone who wants to start their Y quest with such an expensive test.
    Which is a shame, because (correct me if I'm wrong) it's much more cost efficient to order BigY500 from scratch than it is to first order (say) Y67 and then upgrade.

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  • mikeandrew
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    I am curious because I have already have taken the Big Y test, but I would like to sponsor a Big Y550 test.

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  • clintonslayton76
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    It depends. Right now (until June 18th) there is a sale for upgrading to Big Y500.

    As an admin, I usually go to a member's UPGRADE item and see what it says, because I have not yet had any queries from anyone who wants to start their Y quest with such an expensive test.

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  • mikeandrew
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    How much does the Big Y500 cost if you already tested at Y37, Y67, and Y111?

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  • ikennedy
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    I can't understand the business logic behind this (effective) price hike, unless perhaps they were heavily subsidising BY before and have decided they can't continue. After years of selling BY kits by, in part, being cheaper than their rivals they have now gone into reverse and made themselves more expensive. For a first time tester it no longer makes any sense to pick BY especially when you can get Y Elite matching and messaging at yfull.

    Obviously if you are already on the legacy STR trail YMMV as they say.

    I thought late last year all the talk was about how they were going to remove the prerequisite to have an STR test, to make it more accessible. This surely was not the way to go about it.

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  • dna
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    Originally posted by clintonslayton76 View Post
    I see what they say, but the test is: if a man does the BigY-500 first, can I be absolutely certain that if he JOINS my project, his STRS will display as if he had taken 111?

    The logical answer is yes, but I have been disappointed in the past by assuming that logic always prevails.
    I think..., FTDNA in a convoluted way announced that Panel 5 (67-111) will be done both ways: whatever technology was used before and using Big Y. Maybe they said Panels 1-5 (1-111), and I am too slow...

    It would be nice to get a good explanation from FTDNA.


    Mr. W.
    Last edited by dna; 5 May 2018, 05:28 PM.

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  • clintonslayton76
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    Thanks, Mr W....

    FTDNA: "Big Y-500 will not include matching beyond Y-111." (message in GAP).
    I see what they say, but the test is: if a man does the BigY-500 first, can I be absolutely certain that if he JOINS my project, his STRS will display as if he had taken 111?

    The logical answer is yes, but I have been disappointed in the past by assuming that logic always prevails.

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  • DWFlineage
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    546/563 ydna match

    I compared my 9th cousin to myself, who matches me 106/111, and we have 12 more mismatches between Strs 112-563, so now we are a 546/563 ydna match, lol.

    Best regards, Doug

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  • Kamante
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    Originally posted by dna View Post
    That was me quoting FTDNA message to project administrators. . . . Mr. W.
    P.S.
    I am among the disappointed ones. I wanted to test family members who have Y-DNA67, and the effective price of Big Y jumped up...
    Thank you for explaining, Mr. W.
    Last edited by Kamante; 22 April 2018, 08:53 PM.

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  • dna
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    Originally posted by clintonslayton76 View Post
    [----] I note that the yDNA Project grid is not expanded, and I did not think that it would be. [----]
    Since projects are about matching, I think you are 100% correct in your assumptions. FTDNA said: "Display in GAP is coming soon." (from FTDNA e-mail to project administrators) and "Big Y-500 will not include matching beyond Y-111." (in GAP).


    Originally posted by clintonslayton76 View Post
    [----] Other comments in response to my original posting about a "requirement" to purchase anything as a prelude to BigY500 are unclear to me. [----]
    There is no need for two stages with Y DNA anymore. One single purchase of Big Y-500 gives:
    • old Big Y
    • Y-DNA111
    • 389+ STRs



    Originally posted by clintonslayton76 View Post
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    I take this to mean that my YSTR matches could be altered now that my BigY500 values exist, but as the person stated: I am not sure how to use them since FTDNA is so mysterious about their interpretations, whereas YFull is much more explicit.
    FTDNA: "Big Y-500 will not include matching beyond Y-111." (message in GAP).

    Thus for now nothing will change as far as matching goes.


    Mr. W.
    Last edited by dna; 22 April 2018, 08:40 PM.

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  • prairielad
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    Received the following email, so other may want to check theirs if interested and if it applies to their kits

    "Dear Customer,

    We have launched the DNA Day Sale, and our new Big Y-500 upgrades are on sale!

    Y-111 can upgrade to Big Y-500 for $349!

    Due to a small glitch in the shopping cart for a few specific kits, pricing may not reflect the sale price of $349 for Y-111 upgrades to Big Y-500. The below kit # is one of the kits impacted. If you would like to upgrade to the Big Y-500, please use the below promo code so you can take advantage of the full sale price.

    Coupon Code: "REMOVED CODE KIT SPECIFIC ONLY"
    Kit Number: XXXXXX

    Promo Code Rules:

    Promo codes are kit specific and may only be used for the kit listed in this email
    One time use only
    May only be used to purchase your Y-111 upgrade to Big Y-500

    We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any issues, we have set up a customer service email for this specific case only. Please email customer service at [email protected].

    Happy DNA Day!
    The FamilyTreeDNA Team "

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  • dna
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    Originally posted by Kamante View Post
    Clinton, where did you see these words: "Moving forward, customers who purchase a Big Y-500 will also have to purchase or upgrade to the Y-DNA111 test. However, customers do not have to have a Y-STR test already before purchasing the Big Y-500 since it contains the Y-111. Big Y without STRs will no longer be available."

    If the last sentence is true, there will be a number of very disappointed Y12 customers, including a close cousin of mine.

    The strange thing (to me anyway) is that Big Y always included about 500 STRs, discoverable via YFull.
    That was me quoting FTDNA message to project administrators. Now, (I think ), I know they meant the following:
    The customers who had previously purchased some Y DNA (STR) test and Big Y. On Tuesday, they got results from at least 389 additional Y STRs. Those 389+ STRs are in the panel 6 (STRs 112-561). Their results for the STRs 1-111 (panels 1-5) did not change = stayed at the same level as they had previously purchased it.

    The customers who are purchasing Big Y-500. They will get the results like the (old) Big Y test before and all STR panels (1-6) = STRs 1-561. "customers do not have to have a Y-STR test already before purchasing the Big Y-500 since it contains the Y-111. Big Y without STRs will no longer be available." That is why Big Y-500 pricing depends on the level of previous Y DNA (STR) testing.


    Mr. W.


    P.S.
    I am among the disappointed ones. I wanted to test family members who have Y-DNA67, and the effective price of Big Y jumped up...
    Last edited by dna; 22 April 2018, 06:34 PM. Reason: corrected 350 -> 389

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  • Kamante
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    Clinton - BigY is Dead?

    Clinton, where did you see these words: "Moving forward, customers who purchase a Big Y-500 will also have to purchase or upgrade to the Y-DNA111 test. However, customers do not have to have a Y-STR test already before purchasing the Big Y-500 since it contains the Y-111. Big Y without STRs will no longer be available."

    If the last sentence is true, there will be a number of very disappointed Y12 customers, including a close cousin of mine.

    The strange thing (to me anyway) is that BigY always included about 500 STRs, discoverable via YFull.

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  • clintonslayton76
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    Answering part of my own question...

    Answering part of my own question, I see that the BigY results on our project show the additional STRs on the Y-STR item in the kit page under yDNA and BigY500, and that these are downloadable.
    BigY is now shown as BigY500.
    I note that the yDNA Project grid is not expanded, and I did not think that it would be.

    Other comments in response to my original posting about a "requirement" to purchase anything as a prelude to BigY500 are unclear to me.

    I am happy that FTDNA honored my previous purhases by expandiny my STRs as requested. I am still unclear about the future of encouraging men to look at the Big Picture when the cost is quite high, since 67-111 STRs supports our surname conjectures, in is some cases, 12-37 markers might be taken as some as sufficient for that connection.

    I will now quietly await until someone explains how can I use STR values from Y 500 for my genetic genealogy research.
    I take this to mean that my YSTR matches could be altered now that my BigY500 values exist, but as the person stated: I am not sure how to use them since FTDNA is so mysterious about their interpretations, whereas YFull is much more explicit.
    Last edited by clintonslayton76; 22 April 2018, 02:09 PM. Reason: response to previous, correction

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  • JeremyGlen2017
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    Yes, you are now required to pay for the Y111 STR tests to be able to get BigY SNP testing. The price isn't bad for someone who has Y67 or Y111 already, but I'm not paying $629 for the two kits I have at Y12 to get to BigY. For $20 more, I can get them Y-Elite at FGC, and get a better sequencing, as well as get nearly all the same STR values when YFull analyzes the BAM.

    I have seen many people talking about the initial comparisons in project for the Y500, and there is very little change in closeness within family lines. We'll still need SNP testing branch more twigs on the tree, but you'll just have to pay FTDNA for the STR values you may not want.

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