Re: Interesting prices follow-up from Chip Taylor

Myles Jaeschke (
Mon, 6 Dec 1999 13:35:39 -0800 (PST)

While it is true that we can can both get parts of a show on a single tape we
still get charged for two parts or three (or however many parts it is broke
into) as explained by my CTC rep. I do not feel this is right, espically if the
program is intended to be one complete program. If is one program, then charge
us for one program not three.

Myles Jaeschke
Tulsa City County Library
Film Librarian

Chip Taylor wrote:

> I want to share the response I forwarded to Sally Wellman regarding her
> recent letter sent to the Videolib Listserv Subject: Re: Interesting
> Pricing.
> This was her opening statement:
> "What really gets under our skin is companies, like Chip Taylor, that will
> try to sell you a program split up on 2 tapes when it can easily fit on one
> because they charge per tape."
> After reading this I was seriously concerned about the number of people who
> might read this and rush to a negative judgement about my company. When you
> visit my web site - - you will see that my company offers
> customers the OPTION to order longer programs on multiple tapes, if that is
> what the customer prefers; also, if possible, we often combine shorter
> programs onto longer tapes, if that is what the customer prefers.
> My sales staff and I go out of our way to listen to the needs and
> suggestions of our customers. In fact, the idea of dividing and combining
> tapes was suggested to me at a National Media Market seminar a number of
> years ago by several educators and librarians who said they would like to
> see this offered as a value-added service. Quite often it is educators who
> tell us they prefer tapes that can be shown within a 30-minute period; thus
> the Part 1, Part II plan works effectively for them. Others, who more often
> than not need to save shelf space, order "whole" or combined-multiple-part
> programs. It is important to note that the latter always receive an increase
> in their discount on the tape(s) they order.
> It is interesting that this issue has come up at this time because as this
> year ends CTC has been analyzing the significant costs involved to offer
> customers this option (to edit a master into parts, to inventory and package
> the videos; to keep sales and preview records of each). Also the fact that
> an Option my company offers primarily to assist customers might actually
> annoy some customers means my sales staff and I will have to address this
> issue from that angle.
> As many have commented, regarding utilizing the Internet to exchange
> information, it can be a very useful tool. However, it too can be damaging.
> Had one of my sales managers not have forwarded Sally's comments about CTC
> to me, I would not have been aware of her concerns. And instead of a
> possible problem being addressed, a negativity could linger - not just her
> with, but with many subscribers. Obviously, this is not what we are all
> about.
> I feel that expressing problems that can arise, whether to vent some steam
> or to seek suggestions for solutions, is certainly fine and useful; but
> believe too that it would be a good practice for subscribers to communicate
> with the company or organization where the complaint lies. I know I for one
> do my best to address any concern a customer may bring to my attention.
> I appreciate the opportunity to address the group and invite all to view my
> newly developed web site. FYI, the Home Page is from our "Opening Minds" tee
> shirt which we offer Free with every order. In the spirit of the season I'll
> be happy to include one extra shirt while supplies last for any subscriber
> during December.
> All my best,
> Chip Taylor, President