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Re: Pencil porn

Postby Andre Jute » Tue Apr 14, 2015 7:35 pm

I agree, from the average customer perspective, Amazon looks good; I buy through them occasionally but only when I can't get the goods any other way. But I'm an intellectual, an economist and a writer. From each of those perspectives, Amazon now looks entirely negative. As an economist I find Amazon's business practices abhorrent and am on record with the opinion that the Justice department should investigate Amazon for anti-competitive policies and practices; they are clearly explicit, intentional monopolists of huge negative impact on everyone except Jeff Bezos' bank account. As a writer, I see that Amazon has trashed an entire, honorable profession by creating the means for illiterate trash to call themselves "authors"; that entirely outweights the good Amazon did in giving a minority of good writers excluded by the traditional publishing process a chance to publish. As an intellectual I find Amazon's pandering to the pornographers and the pornographers' clientele, who apparently are the majority of Amazon's customers, immoral and despicable. The writers at my publishers, CoolMain Press, where I'm also editorial advisor, were asked by the publisher whether our dissatisfaction with Amazon was strong enough to withdraw all our ebooks from sale on Amazon (it is not practically possible to withdraw printed books from Amazon because publishers have no control over the vendors), and the vote was unanimous: we don't want to be associated with Amazon's descent into the swamp of pornography.

Reviews on Amazon are very easily and often manipulated. After I slammed The Society for All Artists and Amazon yesterday on my blog an in a review on Amazon, this Devoro Casimiro person started following me on Twitter, presumably on a misunderstanding of who I am and what I stand for; his/her/its thing is review manipulation. Fiver is an organization that sells favourable reviews for five dollars each; nothing genuine about them except that they're genuinely fake.

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Here's a useful trick. I check Ebay and Amazon for what I want, note the names of the sellers, and then go to their own sites to order the goods; in effect using Amazon as an encyclopedia of what is available before going shopping for it elsewhere. This very often results in cheaper prices for the goods and cheapear carriage too, because their prices on Amazon or often old and not reduced for sales at their local or mailorder operation, and on Ebay prices are inflated because of the extra work. Carriage on Ebay is usually per item whereas from the store or direct mail order it is per order. This makes a big difference in art materials and supplies, because the prices of individual units are generally small, so that carriage looms large.

You mention sales taxes. Be grateful you don't live near Alitogata or me. Europeans pay on average 23% "value added tax" on the entire cost of the article, including import and other customs duties and administrative costs, and carriage. It's in part a tax on a tax! On the whole it doubles the European price, compared to the States, of everything we use or consume. This on top of high income taxes, though those are much more justifiable as the underpinning of what are essentially socialist states, whatever they're called, which provides many useful services.
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Re: Pencil porn

Postby Alitogata » Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:16 pm

The thing is that by buying from Amazon-style stores, such insignificant things like this sharpener, (whose job can be done in ten seconds with a craft knife and a sand strip and in any case is not something that you can't live without it), you, me and everyone else in this planet, give the chance to such companies to become huge and to have power to change market's rules.
When (every ) Amazon was a small web store, cared about the quality of its products and of course its reputation to their clients and it's suppliers. Now each and every one of these stores has so many clients and so many products that just doesn't care.

And this happens because we consume like crazy, products that we don't actually need that much.

Meanwhile with this consuming behavior, we throw out of market physical stores that we might later need them more. For example these old fashioned bookstores that sold literature and not "pornography+a little bit of literature" books. (I'm talking about Andre's case).

Or perhaps, all these art stores that used to sell good quality art materials, not at the range and the variety that stores like Amazon stock, but definitely of good quality because they couldn't do differently as you could see, touch, choose and check the quality of each product and of course you knew who the owner was, to tell him your complains face to face, if you had to do so..

I buy locally most of the times. It is a matter of principles for me, in order to support the local stores, even if I know that their products are not in such huge variety or they are imported, because with this way I support their owners ( and their families too) and my dealings are face to face so the chances of cheating me or be dishonest to me etc on our deals are less.

And I do the same for my web purchases too. If it is possible I buy straight from the manufacturer. ( the alternative of face to face dealing with a store owner). If the manufacturer isn't ok, then I'm merciless, because there are always alternative products and I want to be the one who puts the rules of how market has to work and not allow huge company owners to choose before me, for me, what is good for me.

In any case, ( because is not needed to over analyze this matter) do something good for you.
Boycott stores like Amazon and support smaller ones.

Andre if you don't want your books to be sold next to pornographic crap, don't allow your publishers to supply stores like Amazon. Your books are you intellectual property and you have every right to choose how this property will be displayed and sold.

ETA: Boycott pornography too. Live sex is better and you get know people too..! :lol:
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Re: Pencil porn

Postby mjs » Fri Apr 17, 2015 10:37 pm

An extremely nice day here in Northern Indiana: sunny and 75 degrees F (24 C). Very unusual for this time of year. I took a day off of work because my wife wanted me to attend an estate auction with her: she wanted to invest in something she could resell for a profit and the auction advertisement said that they had Leica and Nikon cameras.

Didn't get any cameras but a fellow who bought a box of odds and ends gave me the Olympus Stylus camera that was included, one of my favorite cheap cameras, another guy from Champaign, IL gave me an old Nikon point n' shoot, and score! a fellow who bought a carpenter's workbench with all sorts of 'stuff' scattered about on it gave me two technical pencils, a snazzy red Koh-i-noor Technigraph 5611 and an unmarked one. Both are metal, have some heft to them and appear to be somewhat older. The Koh-i-nor has 5B lead, the anonymous one a broken HB. Yippee! I am beginning to have an almost embarrassing surplus of 2mm technical pencils. :)

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Re: Pencil porn

Postby Andre Jute » Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:01 am

Lucky you. Those older Koh-i-noor metal pencils are worth looking out for. They last a lifetime.
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Re: Pencil porn

Postby mjs » Tue May 05, 2015 5:59 pm

Anyone have any idea why Derwent Drawing Pencils are in hexagonal bodies while their Sketching pencils are round and slightly fatter? The lead seems the same. Just curious...

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Re: Pencil porn

Postby Alitogata » Wed May 06, 2015 2:35 pm

mjs wrote:Anyone have any idea why Derwent Drawing Pencils are in hexagonal bodies while their Sketching pencils are round and slightly fatter? The lead seems the same. Just curious...

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You wouldn't have any queries otherwise... :wink: They do it for you intellectual stimulation.. :P :lol:
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