[Videolib] Being open about vendors

Susan Albrecht (albrechs@wabash.edu)
Thu, 30 Sep 2004 11:40:47 -0500

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Okay, if Jessica & Jed are agreeing on this, then I see no reason for NOT=20
sharing this information openly. What you see, below, came from a=20
discussion in 2002. The red section was from Gary's research. The green &=
blue sections are my words. I will preface this by saying that I *did*=20
hear people last time, who objected to people picking on Insight=20
Media. Those folks were right--we each need to be aware of what we're=20
paying, no matter which vendor we're using. However, there are some=20
vendors which are more consistently higher priced than others, and it seems=
pretty straightforwardly factual to point that out.

Susan at Wabash

*John Ford: American Vision. $89 @ Insight...$19.95 @ A&E
*Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies & the American Dream. $99.00 @=20
Insight...$19.95 @ A&E under its alternate title of Hollywood: An Empire of=
Their Own
*American Cinema. $169 for VHS @Insight...$72 for *DVD* @ B&N

Just this month alone, I have managed to order "Insight Media" titles from
other sources (typically their original source) for a total of $580
compared to the $1055 I would have had to spend ordering from
Insight. They send out nicely packaged, subject-specific brochures, which
profs love because they don't have to fight their way through a huge
catalog, but I've decided NEVER to order a title from IM w/o looking
elsewhere first. Occasionally the title has been reworked slightly (as in
Design of the Modern TheatER vs. Design of the Modern TheatRE), but they're
usually out there.

Some interesting hard data:

Uncle Vanya (Olivier)
Insight: $139.00
FACETS $59.95

Federico Garc=EDa Lorca: The House of Bernarda
Insight: $179.00
Films for the Humanities: $159.95

Joseph Chaikin and the Open Theater:
Insight: $139.00
FACETS: $89.95

As You Like It (Olivier):
Insight: $99.00
FACETS : 24.95 (VHS) 24.99 (DVD)
AMAZON: DVD $22.49

The Making of Miss Saigon
Insight: $79.00
FACETS: $19.98

Roots of Rhythm
Insight: $109.00
FACETS: 39.95 (VHS) 29.95 (DVD)

..and on an on

Susan Albrecht
Acquisitions Coordinator
Wabash College Lilly Library
Crawfordsville, IN

"If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice."--Neil Peart

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