|A few thoughts from the commercial pisser|
Message #10 Posted by Dave Hicks on 6 May 2003, 2:27 p.m.,
in response to message #9 by Ellis Easley
Thanks for the comments Ellis.
I did a calculation some years ago about the cost of putting the CDs on-line. I don't remember exactly, but the cost of bandwidth was much higher than the price that the CDs sell for. It's possible that bandwidth prices have come down since then but so have my prices - I'm now selling 4.5 GB of manuals for less than I used to sell 3GB. I read an article recently that said that the largest "bandwidth" provider in the world is "Netflix". A DVD mail-order rental place. ("Bandwidth" being measured in terms of the DVDs that they ship through the mail.) For now plastic is still cheaper for sending large amounts of data.
A further complication is that when people ask for them to be on-line there is often an implication that this reduces or even removes the price. I couldn't afford this even when I was employed, but now it's even more important that the museum operate in the black.
Some people may have noticed that my China pictures have been removed. They got "googled" and were starting to cost me a lot of money.
For any collector of HPs, I feel that 7 cents per manual is a pretty good price. I realize that for a single manual, it may not be as cheap as one might hope (though still frequently lower than any other option) so I do intend to investigate some sort of single manual download capability. I have looked at some canned/simple solutions but so far, when you add up the various fees, they come out higher than I would like to sell a manual for. I'll keep looking and/or come up with some other solution.
I'm fairly proud of the fact that my website has come through the dot bomb unscathed. It has never promised to make anyone millions of dollars - it doesn't even pay one person a reasonable wage, but unlike a lot of those high-flyers it actually manages to pay for its bandwidth and doesn't even need flashing ads plastered all over it.
I put a lot of work into the CDs. When I was working my "day job" I was coming home and spending 6-8 hours a night on them for a couple of years. "Commercially" I would have been much better off spending that time on my "day job" which paid a heck of a lot better. I don't think it's unreasonable to request that the copyright be honored especially when someone specifically asks how I feel about it on my own site. Donald was disappointed by how this thread turned out and I was disappointed by how it started. That's life I guess.