scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Where are the new merit badge books?
Mark Adkins (madkins007@HOME.COM
Sun Apr 23 2000 - 23:22:46 CDT
> > Michael Salvetti wrote:
> > I would like to know if anybody else is having trouble getting the new
> > camping merit badge book. Your council they are still selling the old
> > verison and they do not even know that they're where any change made.
> > They where even dumb about the other merit badge that had changes
> > done.
> > climbing
> > hiking
> > camping
> > What is going on with national not release the new merit badge book or
> > letting anybody know about it.
> > Isn't it misrepresention on sell an older book knowing that the newer
> > one is out? What good is the older one?
Misrepresentation? I doubt it- unless they posted a sign guaranteeing that
they have the absolute newest editions at all times.
As a local Scout store part-time employee, I know a little about some of the
stuff behind the scenes- and please bear in mind that I am NOT speaking on
behalf of our shop, council, etc.
We get some notice, sometimes, of changes- about the same way others in your
districts or units do. Most of the time, the memos do not seem to arrive in
a timely fashion (if they were ever sent).
SOMETIMES National makes it a big push, such as when the new handbooks were
done- lots of advertising, even some training! National also BOUGHT BACK the
old editions so stores were not stuck with them!
Usually, especially for more minor changes (compared to handbooks), National
DOES NOT buy them back. Local shops operate on a slim profit margin. What
should we do with books that we ordered up on to meet demands, only to have
National change within weeks of the shipment?
2 scenarios: Camping merit badge is very popular, and shops always try to
keep a lot on hand- we may have several dozen copies waiting to be bought.
Beekeeping (for example), on the other hand, is a rather rarely sold book,
so we may only have five copies.
National changes the requirements and puts out new pamphlets, and a new
"Requirements" book. They MAY buy back the old Requirements books, but so
far have not bought back the MB pamphlets. What should the shop do?
1.) Throw them out. Eat the entire cost and pray that we sell enough new
copies to make the difference?
2.) Clearance them, and hope enough people buy them to reduce the terrible
sting of the loss- especially when people rarely buy clearance requirement
books unless they are collectors.
3.) Keep selling the old books, especially since most of the time the only
real change is to the wording on the requirements page, which was already
changed in the "Requirements" book? Even if the changes were more
substantial, the booklets are mostly just guides, not required reading,
Hey guys, a Scout (and a well-run Scout Shop) is Thrifty! Every time we take
a loss on an item, we HAVE to make it up somehow- reduced inventory,
increased prices, FOS (oh no!)
Knowing that, what would YOU do if you were in charge?
Personally, I think National should offer "update sheets" for unsold old
books, and make them available off the 'net as well.