Not personal - I've met some terrific people through CAG.
Not financial - I have a decent job, so the $25.00 is not a big deal.
I initially quit (let my membership expire sounds better) CAG the first time because I no longer saw the benefit of membership.
I was never a big fan of the NACA - (I actually preferred the original publication's style/format better.)
While I enjoy carp fishing, it is not my dream to see it blossom, the way that CAG wants it too. I have always stated that I liked carp fishing in NA the way it was - a small (very small) niche "market". I don't want to see carp fishing participation explode. I rarely, if ever, directed people toward the website when approached bankside.
I participated in several CAG fish ins over the years - in my home state of PA and also traveling to Michigan, New York State, Ohio and D.C. - no membership required for these!
The tackle discounts that used to (are they still???) be offered by several tackle dealers were a definite membership benefit. However, I don't recall ever taking advantage of that on any of the multiple tackle/bait orders that I placed with those dealers. My fault for sure, but I didn't really mind spending what I did. So no big deal being a non member.
I rejoined (3yr deal) at the urging of an old CAG friend (Herkel) who was going to try to run some local tournaments that required CAG membership in order to participate. Sadly, these tournaments never happened. I then paid for an additional one year membership. It has recently, and without notice, expired.
For what I get out of this Forum and CAG in general, I see no need to renew my membership.
FYI - I have purchased CAG gear (several hats & shirts) over the years. Would have liked to purchase another shirt, but I do not like the new design. (no offense to the designer, it's just not my cup of tea for a t shirt design)
I will continue to read/add to the forum as I see fit. Will also participate in future fish ins as they meet my schedule availability. Will even assist the local CAG rep(s) in planning, running events if asked to do so.
I hope this satisfies your inquiry.
EDIT: added "Thank you." in an effort to keep the conversation civil.