Originally posted by MaxNY:
Please explain how chronic price cutters hurt magic...
Please explain how they help magic by lowering the status of magic marketing to a Wal-Mart mentality. Believe me, you do not want to hear what I think of the chronic price cutters. I know how they hurt magic; but since you felt a need to ask, there is a good possibility you might not ever understand the concepts involved. It goes way beyond magicians wanting to get a bargain. It goes way beyond being magicians and dealers being cheap. It hits to the root of the sources of new and original magic. It affects the exclusivity of items. It affects the quality of items. These are all long term effects. There is a domino effect associated with chronic price cutting which will hurt the entire magic industry - over time. The fact that you had to even ask says quite a lot.
You have indicated in a post above that $200 is over your limit. Fine, do not buy the book. If one looks at quality and value here, though, it is obvious that these books are a bargain at half of what you want for a poster. Put into perspective the $200 sounds reasonable.
I will buy from Todd - the guy who made the effort and invested the small fortune to bring me a quality item. I will not order from the guy riding on his coat tails trying to make a quick buck; but doing no work and investing very little. The choice is yours. I prefer the high road.
I can tell you that you will be seeing less and less quality items being sold through dealers in the not so distant future. These dealers, all dealers, will bear the brunt of the chronic price cutters' policies. All that dealers will be able to purchase wholesale will be junk from India and the like. This will come as a direct result of chronic price cutters lessening the value of quality items. Agree with me or not. I do not care. What I have predicted above is already coming true.