RE: Interesting pricing

Gary Handman (
Wed, 1 Dec 1999 08:54:33 -0800 (PST)

Hi all.

This recent discussion has gotten me to thinking: we're 400 or 500 strong
on this list, not a bad chunk of buying power. Seems to me that as a sort
of pressure group, we might be able to lean on vendors whose practices, or odd. I don't think Insight would care a fig
about what we say...I think FFHS would.

Should we be doing something en masse?


At 08:35 AM 12/01/1999 -0800, you wrote:
>I agree. My other pet peeve, and this applies primarily to
>FFHS, is not including the date. You wouldn't believe how many
>duplicates were ordered this past year because of this trick of
>putting old titles into "sets" and renaming the set.
>Also, it appears that a number of titles this past two years are
>not the exclusive right of one distributor to sell and so
>several distributors will handle the same work and alter the
>description and/or title and call that item "new" in their
>Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 06:24:45 -0800 (PST)
>Reply-to: From: "Beth
>Hansen" <> To: Multiple recipients of
>list <> Subject: RE: Interesting
> You have stumbled on one of my pet peeves! I dread the appearance of
>faculty requests from their catalogs! I always feel morally obligated to
>research all the alternative pricing options on their titles before finally
>placing an order with Insight! They also have a tricky way of supplying
>titles which do not accurately reflect the item.... thus I have ended up
>with duplicates on occasion despite my best sleuthing efforts!
> Arrrrrrgh!
> Beth Hansen
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From:
>> []On Behalf Of Gary Handman
>> Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 1:58 PM
>> To: Multiple recipients of list
>> Subject: Interesting pricing
>> Thumbing thru the latest Insight Media catalog, I noticed two interesting
>> things:
>> Woman in the Dunes is listed at $149 (it sells for $29.95 at FACETS)
>> Marat/Sade is listed at $99 (it sells for $24.95 at FACETS)
>> Somehow, I don't think shipping and handling account for the differences.
>> Any Insight lurkers out there want to address this?
>> Gary Handman
>> Director
>> Media Resources Center
>> Moffitt Library
>> UC Berkeley, CA 94720-6000
>> 510-643-8566
>> "You are looking into the mind of home video. It is innocent, it
>> is aimless,
>> it is determined, it is real" --Don DeLillo, Underworld
Gary Handman
Media Resources Center
Moffitt Library
UC Berkeley 94720-6000

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