Re: Supply Division Wish List
Tim Goncharoff (tgonchar@CATS.UCSC.EDU)
Thu, 19 Dec 1996 13:23:25 -0800
I appreciate Jim's frustration. I've also bought "new" materials that
were out of date when I purchased them. On the other hand, I've been in
business long enough to understand the need to clear out inventory. Just
as councils need to sell old stuff before buying new, so does the Supply
Division. Books cost money to produce. The Supply Division can no more
afford to throw these away than can your local Scout Shop. Sure, we
could build the costs of occasional product replacements into the
program, but with the emphasis scouting has on keeping costs low, I'm
sure this wouldn't be popular either.
I'm always eager to have the latest information, as I'm sure most leaders
are. The net is great, but most scout leaders are still not on line.
Maybe there's a middle way. Anyone out there have an inspired suggestion?
Santa Cruz, CaOn
Thu, 19 Dec 1996, Jim Miller Jr. wrote:
> Although I have a number of wishes for Supply Division (some are listed on
> my website), I'll put forth a biggie.
> I wish that Supply Division would make a policy of accepting out-of-date
> materials at full value in exchange for updated versions of all
> materials. There is no excuse for any Scout Shop to have old versions
> of Merit badge pamphlets, Handbooks, or other pertinent materials. If a
> publication is updated, the priority should be in getting the information
> out. Instead, some Councils have to worry about selling all of the old
> version before they can justify purchasing the newest version. Either
> that, or they eat the cost of those materials. Supply Division should have
> to eat the costs of a failure to anticipate proper sales levels or not
> being aware of the review schedule for updating publications.
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