He also suffers from a common problem among wreck regulars.
A complete lack of self control.
Lee Valley should start marketing Depends to these guys.
They would really clean up financially.
Of course Canadians would be charged more.<g>
I have _zero_ knowledge of Lee Valley's actual operations.
I *do* have considerable experience with large catalog preparation,
publishing, and distribution. It is a _big_,*EXPENSIVE*, job.
You can safely assume that anything you see in the catalog was 'cast in stone'
at least 60 days before the _first_ mailings. That's the kind of time it
takes to do the printing and binding, addressing, and appropriate 'bundling'
for least-cost mail delivery.
On top of that, there is another 45 days, minimum, for the typesetting of the
changed pages, proofing, doing the color separations, etc. that are required
to have the material ready to 'go to press'.
If they're printing from a 'database', then 'applying' the 'decided upon'
currency conversion can be done for the entire catalog "shortly before" they
start the typesetting stage. If they use 'rounded' conversions -- so the
price comes out as 49.99, instead of 50.07, for example, somebody has to
review all the roundings, and possibly over-ride a round-up/round-down
decision. Pricing for every _new_ item (i.e. 'not previously published')
has to be manually reviewed, to ensure that there were no errors in the
database entry/extraction/conversion formulas for *that* item. This adds
a week or two to the time-line.
If there is any 'body copy' that makes indirect/imprecise reference to pricing,
then the pricing has to be set _before_ that body copy is written. This
shoves things back another couple of weeks, at least.
Thus, pricing ends up 'frozen' a good *FOUR*MONTHS* before the first catalogs
go in the mail.
Now, it is a _fact_ that the value of the Canadian Dollar, vs the American
Dollar was _falling_ from the first week in January, 2004, through the first
week of June, 2004. And the international futures markets show that the
_world_at_large_ expected (as late as Mid-May, 2004) that the Canadian Dollar
would remain in the US$0.71-0.75 range, *THROUGH* September of 2005. That's
right, the year TWO THOUSAND FIVE.
Starting in _mid-May, 2004_, the _further_out_ (i.e. Sept, 2005) projected
value of the CAN$ started to rise. It wasn't until the 1st week of June,
however, that the September, 2004 projected value started to rise.
It is an indisputable fact that the world-at-large did *NOT* see the run-up
in the value of the CAN$ coming. Early Spring 2004, expectations were that
the CAN$ was going to _loose_ another 1-2 cents by Summer/Fall 2005.
In fact, _two_years_ ago. For a U.S.-based company in the same line of
business as Lee Valley, as it happens.
A 'sale catalog', by definition, is not a large catalog.
The production process is much different for a sale catalog. You get that
ability to set pricing much closer to mailing date at a significantly higher
Funny thing, too. you can get much faster turn-around on a large number of
copies of a relatively small number of pages, than on a relatively small number
of copies of a large number of pages.
There is also the issue of the _number_ of people you're willing to throw at
the task. Which has to be amortized over the number of copies produced.
And whether the catalog production is the _only_ thing they do, or whether
they have to do 'something else' _most_ of the time.
A *BIG* company, like Sears, or Eatons, has a large advantage in all those
areas; a *much* bigger base -- at least two orders of magnitude -- to
amortize costs across, *Dedicated* departments/staff doing the work. and
and producing _many_ publications per year.
They spend considerably more on advertising, per dollar of revenue/profit,
and which is reflected in the amount of 'mark-up' they have to take.
On the other hand, because of the 'economies of scale', they get *more*
'value' per dollar spent on catalog production.
You're really not too bright are you? Have you ever looked at pictures of
products from Sears between editions of catalogue? They're all the same
picture. You can go back a few years and aside from the addition of new
products, they're *all* the same picture.
Lee Valley issues new catalogues with a large proportion of new pictures.
That takes time and money.
Now top playing the ignorant whiner and screw off like a good little boy.
You may like being a troll, but there isn't anybody I know that appreciates
being disliked all the time. You contribute exactly nothing to this news
group. I've yet to see one supporter of your argument, so again, why don't
you leave? You're not wanted here. Only the basest idiot stays where they're
not appreciated. It's sheer lunacy to do otherwise.
What does this have to do with anything.
My local auto seller puts out a paper every week larger than Lee Valley catalogs
where virtually everything is new.
It's trivial to add prices to a catalog just prior to printing.
I would assume the price is set by Lee Valley just weeks before you have the
book in your greedy little hands.
I still maintain that at the time the prices are set Lee Valley is charging
Canadians more, because they can get away with it.
Nothing at all to do with costs.
I guess reading comprehension isn't your strong suit hey dumbass.
Several people have posted supporting my position.
For everyone brave enough to post there are probably 4 dozen lurkers who also
NO one has disputed the facts I have posted.
All you morons have done is post childish flames.
So now you're a long distance mind reader? Is it good for you?
I'm a moron, but in this news group you have yet to post one woodworking
tip, instruction or helpful link to products.
I ask you again. Why are you here? Is the question too difficult to
understand? Does it need to be made simpler? Why are you here in this news
group? What do you contribute to the art of woodworking?
Answer the question. Why are you here?
So now everybody knows you're a liar. You can't give names of people who
have supported you.
Stll waiting for those names liar.
Apparently, you're unable to answer this question. The only fallback you
have is to throw some more names at me. How pitiful you are, not being able
to contribute in any way, shape or form. That must be really depressing. I'd
offer my sympathies, but you're obviously unable to appreciate any type of
Nobody wants to pay for something if they can find a way to pay less, but
that doesn't for one second excuse his attacks on Lee Valley. I think Lee
Valley tools are expensive too. I don't like having to pay for anything if I
can help it, but the idea of LV not existing at all is much less desirable
than what it costs me to buy from them.
that they DO exist than not, I've made one small order thus far, and I would
love to have the LA BP! I also think their prices are pretty fair as well, except
I think the hand planes are just a shot too high, I feel they should be at least
15% to 20 % less. And they could decide to distribute them like their one
major competitor does. If I opened my own tool store I would stock Veritas
tools, depending upon their purchase requirements.
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