Rob Koeling wrote:
But Steven, there is a small difference, and that is the history of your film selling business.... You started in the internet era and modeled your film selling around it. They started in the dark ages and when going into the internet era, they decided to keep their model based on the old model. I don't know any numbers, but I wouldn't be surprised if a very large proportion of their customer base still only receives the paper lists. I think it is a matter of loyalty to not disadvantage that part of your customer base.
It is as inconvenient for me as for all the other people who have been complaining about it. I'm normally at my desk when the new lists arrive by email on Friday afternoon. My request is often in within minutes after the list arrived. There is not often something that is a must-have for me on the list, but when there is, I try to arrange it in such a way that I can give them a call on Monday morning. If I can't, I just have to wait and see if my email was successful. Sometimes it is,often it isn't. Tough luck.
Another reason their prints are in demand is that the pricing is very reasonable.
I think Keith is spot on. There are pro's and con's for every method. You can't please everyone. You sell most your stuff in auction. I don't particularly like participating in an auction. When it is a print I really want, I would rather just agree a reasonable price for it. The Big Reel wasn't ideal for me either, because I always got the magazine a few days later than you guys. At Ealing there is always the people who have a stall who start buying prints from the other tables before the convention starts. A few years ago, I bought a print of 'Sunrise' from a dealer who bought it before opening from another dealer and marked up the price by 25%. Not ideal, but hey what can you do (I was still very happy to have found a print!)
Ha, Ealing is just 2 weeks away!
ER, I started buying/selling film prints in 1989 - a bit before the 'internet age'.
With that said - If they don't adjust with the times, they'll go the way of the dinosaur.
Personally, I'd rather bid on a film and have a chance at it, than to have it sold already before I even see the list... If I lose it on ebay, it's because someone was willing to pay more than I was, not because they could get to a phone at 4:00 in the morning and I couldn't. There's a big difference.