[Videolib] Get you coming and going - formerly paying to get paid

Ciara Healy (cmhealy@waketech.edu)
Tue, 26 Sep 2006 08:38:19 -0400

Jessica,
My state does this - it is the state's "e-procurement" system,
originally set up to handle large bids for new buildings and has been
stretched to fit for little things like DVDs. Some places refuse to
register - Midwest Tapes for instance. In my email asking them to become
a registered vendor I was up front about the 2% fee and they
respectfully declined. I totally understand their decision. We don't
have a p-card system here (yet) so I have been really limited by where I
can buy. For instance, I can't buy from Amazon.
I agree that it is BS to have to pay to do business with a state's
library system but you do get listed as a registered vendor and are
placed on a list that the entire state has access to so you could think
of it as the price of advertising to a captive audience. It does no one
any good way down at our fine grain, but works super for buying 50
hybrid vehicles for the institutional fleet.
Ultimately, compared to my principled feelings about tiered
"institutional" pricing offered by many distributers who sell videos, 2%
is small potatoes.

Ciara

Ciara Healy
Media Services Librarian

Bruce I. Howell Library
Wake Technical Community College
9101 Fayetteville Road
Raleigh, NC 27603

(919) 773-4724
cmhealy@waketech.edu

>>> jrosner@kino.com 9/25/2006 5:01 pm >>>
I think this came up before but I would be curious about both librarian
&
distributor reaction to the following
We were contacted by a small college with whom we had not previously
done
any business. I don't know if the person who called was a librarian or
a
dept administrator but she asked if we would sign up with the state's
new
E billing system. I was not enthused and had no idea what she even
wanted to
order but per her request on went up. The beginning was slow but
fairly
straightforward. Kino takes credit cards and checks and we CAN do
bank
transactions but it is VERY difficult and we mainly do it for overseas
billings. Anyway I filled in the info and got to the kicker.
The system would bill us 1.75% service for everything they ordered
This bill would come AFTER we were paid. This is absurd for us for a
lot of
reasons. First we pay royalties on most every title we sell and
depending on
the the structure of the contract we may pay 50% which means if
someone
billed us 1.75% it could really take 3.5% out from us as we would have
paid
royalty on the full original amount. My guess we already pay up to 5%
for
CC transactions. The set up is beyond silly. Library A orders $100
worth of
DVDs and then sends us a bill for $1.75 ? Which we then have to cut a
check
for.

I think more than anything I was bothered about the principle. In order
to
make the state's bill paying far more streamlined and efficient WE GET
CHARGED. Kind of like using some other banks ATM.

I have also heard of state's asking companies to pay "registration"
fees
etc.

Luckily very little of our income is in fact directly from government
entities so I can afford to say no even if it costs us some direct
business

What experience have other folks had with this

Proud Resident of a BLUE STATE

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018
jrosner@kino.com
212-629-6880

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VIDEOLIB is intended to encourage the broad and lively discussion of issues relating to the selection, evaluation, acquisition,bibliographic control, preservation, and use of current and evolving video formats in libraries and related institutions. It is hoped that the list will serve as an effective working tool for video librarians, as well as a channel of communication between libraries,educational institutions, and video producers and distributors.