Re: Thanx for replies re: Amazon vs. others

MileFilms@aol.com
Mon, 8 May 2000 15:02:12 -0700 (PDT)

In a message dated 5/8/00 11:35:25 AM, Jim.Mumm@marquette.edu writes:

<< We don't need to worry that our purchases from a different source are
going to
erode their livelihood. Rather, free market purchasing forces the "mainstay"
companies to be even more effective and responsible in their approach to the
market. >>

Yes, I agree and no I don't. Free market is a term that is similar to "What's
good for General Motors is good for the country." Yes, big business is a good
thing because it brings you items cheaply and in abundance -- unless you
happen to purchase a Ford Pinto or find the company your dealing with is
selling arms to Iraq.

There is also an It's a Wonderful Life approach to life where one goes out of
their way to support a company (small or large) simply because you agree with
their goals and ideals. It's partly how Milestone has stayed in business for
so many years.

The smaller producers and distributors need librarians' support and I know
it's easier (and many times a more popular decision) to buy 10 copies of
Sixth Sense (a fine movie in its own right) than buying one Bulgarian movie
from a small distributor and have to put up with that extra paperwork.

This society is moving towards a Big Mac syndrome where the bigger is better
(the anal attention to box office gross by the media every Monday as a sign
of a film's quality is simply maddening) and if we want that cozy family
bistro down the street, it'll be there when we need it. (It won't be.) This
is happening all over the country where incredible, family-store video stores
-- with every foreign and classic film you desire are in stock -- are going
under every day (literally) because Blockbuster moves in across town.

Yes, I absolutely buy books from Barnes and Nobles and Amazon (they're also
very good customers of Milestone) and take up some of those incredible offers
for DVD on Reel.com. Too many, in fact. At the same time, I make sure I drive
down to the local used bookstore and new bookstore to buy something at least
once a month. I have lovely chats with them and get new ideas on what to read
-- or see or do in town.

Now, Facets is a very good company and can take care of themselves. I
especially appreciate them because they might give my films a little extra
attention than some of the larger companies. They'll also acquire an amazing
work for distribution like The Decalogue and god-knows-how-many great Eastern
European films that I don't know if I'd myself handle, simply because they
think it's neccessary.

I was a little disturbed by the concept that libraries and schools not that
they might go elsewhere because they can get it a few cents cheaper from one
source or another, but more so that they might not buy titles at all because
their ordering department is too busy and prefer buying in bulk. (This wasn't
particularly said, but I took it to the next, and possibly future, horrifying
level.)

Dennis Doros
Milestone Film & Video
PO Box 128
Harrington Park, NJ 07640-0128
Phone: (201) 767-3117 or (800) 603-1104
Fax: (201) 767-3035
Email: Milefilms@aol.com
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