RE: [Videolib] Buying at individual vs institutional price?

Ciara Healy (
Thu, 29 Mar 2007 16:16:27 -0400

Would you teach your children to make better arguments?

Would you teach your children to set up a lemonade stand that sells
three identical cups of lemonade at three different prices depending on
who is buying?

People who sell items using tiered pricing can't claim the moral high
ground when people feel gouged at the register.

So, two wrongs don't make a right but if you are purchasing for a
department or an individual instructor's use and the item is not going
to be a library item or available for borrowing via the circulation
system then yeah, I would buy at the individual price. It really is for
the individual. Library purchasing can be complicated and may not work
like distributors like to think it does. It might undercut justifying a
$100.00 price increase on an item.

The right way to fight tiered pricing and tacked on charges (not for
PPR, but just because they can, since you purchase for an institution...
so they just can) is to take the long view and work with distributors
and the like over the long haul to make prices fair for everyone given
disparities in institutional budgets and the fact that many libraries
don't ILL media.

Now that's ethical.

Ciara Healy
Media Services Librarian

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

(919) 773-4724

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