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Re: [BKARTS] Bargains ungalore



Jet,

I'm glad to hear it was only a joke. I took it totally differently. My 
apologies.

Frank
Lehmann Bindery

On Wed, 11 Aug 2004 10:15:54 -0400, Jet Wimp wrote:
> Dear Frank:
>   Relax.  It was a joke.  I appreciated the opportunity to see the tools.
> Jet
> 
> 
> Frank Lehmann wrote:
> 
>>  Dear Jet,
>> 
>>  I feel that you email is attacking me - "vaunted auction". If I'm=20
>>  wrong, please let all of us know. As a self described tyro (I learned=20
>>  two new words from you: tyro & penurious - thank you) I think you have=20
>>  several misconceptions:
>> 
>>  1=09It is highly unlikely that you will ever see Walmart carrying=20
>>  finishing tools. The market is not big enough. You therefore don't have=20
>>  the price reductions that mass production affords.
>> 
>>  2=09When you factor in shipping, customs, currency exchange, stocking,=20
>>  etc, Talas' prices for finishing tools are very reasonable. I have a=20
>>  hard time competing with them on price and therefore go to great=20
>>  lengths to provide my customers with "after sales service".
>> 
>>  3=09Your comparison of a hand-engraved finishing tool to "a three inch=20
>>  wheel of brass" is equivalent to comparing a vintage Rolls-Royce to one=20
>>  that has been scrapped and crushed. They both are made up of the same=20
>>  materials, have the same weight.... By your reasoning, should both be=20
>>  worth the same?
>> 
>>  4=09What you are paying for are the advantages that hand engraved tools=20
>>  have over machine made ones, at about 1/3 of the cost to have them=20
>>  newly made. As far as tools go, the auction prices were lower than I=20
>>  had anticipated.
>> 
>>  5=09As a professional bookbinder, I can assure you we do not have the=20
>>  income to over pay for tools, wether we are "seedy" or not.
>> 
>>  I hope that this provide some clarification to you. If I have=20
>>  misinterpreted your email, you have my apologies.
>> 
>>  Sincerely,
>>  Frank Lehmann
>>  Lehmann Bindery
>> 
>>  On Tue, 10 Aug 2004 21:49:31 -0400, Jet Wimp wrote:
>>>      I attended Frank Lehmann's recent vaunted auction of brass finishing
>>>  tools on EBAY yesterday.  I, a tyro and penurious to boot, thought I
>>>  might be able to pick up some bargain decorative wheels and fillet
>>>  wheels, something to counter the numbing prices at Talas.  No chance.  I
>>>  was blown out of the water--- the bidding took off into the
>>>  stratosphere, fueled, I suspect, by seedy professional bookbinding
>>>  types.  Up into the hundreds of dollars, all for a three inch wheel of
>>>  brass.
>>>      Don't they make these things somewhere in China or Indonesia?  If
>>>  the marketplace really operates in a free and unrestrained manner, why
>>>  can't we find brass finishing tools  at Walmart?
>>> =20
>>> =20
>>>  __________________________________________________
>>>  **********************************************************
>>>  Jet Wimp
>>>  Philadelphia, PA  19139
>>> =20
>>>   The Belgian surrealist painter Renee Magritte entered a cheese store in
>>>  Brussels to purchase a wheel of Swiss cheese.  The owner pulled a wheel
>>>  from the front window, but Magritte said he preferred the one on the
>>>  back counter.
>>>   =93But they are identical,=94 the owner protested.
>>>   =93No,=94 Magritte insisted.  =93This one=92s been stared at.=94
>>>  **********************************************************
>>> =20
>>>               ***********************************************
>>> =20
>>>                         Spring[binding]Hath Sprung
>>>           Worldwide Springback Bind-O-Rama and Online Exhibition
>>>              Full information at <http://www.philobiblon.com>
>>>                     ENTRY DEADLINE -- September 1, 2004
>>> =20
>>>        Book_Arts-L FAQ and Archive at: <http://www.philobiblon.com>
>>>               ***********************************************
>> 
>>               ***********************************************
>>                                     =20
>>                         Spring[binding]Hath Sprung
>>           Worldwide Springback Bind-O-Rama and Online Exhibition
>>              Full information at <http://www.philobiblon.com>
>>                     ENTRY DEADLINE -- September 1, 2004
>>                                     =20
>>        Book_Arts-L FAQ and Archive at: <http://www.philobiblon.com>
>>               ***********************************************
> 
> --
> 
> __________________________________________________
> **********************************************************
> Jet Wimp
> Philadelphia, PA  19139
> 
>  The Belgian surrealist painter Renee Magritte entered a cheese store in
> Brussels to purchase a wheel of Swiss cheese.  The owner pulled a wheel from
> the front window, but Magritte said he preferred the one on the back 
> counter.
> 
>  But they are identical, the owner protested.
>  No, Magritte insisted.  This ones been stared at.
> **********************************************************
> 
>              ***********************************************
> 
>                        Spring[binding]Hath Sprung
>          Worldwide Springback Bind-O-Rama and Online Exhibition
>             Full information at <http://www.philobiblon.com>
>                    ENTRY DEADLINE -- September 1, 2004
> 
>       Book_Arts-L FAQ and Archive at: <http://www.philobiblon.com>
>              ***********************************************

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                       Spring[binding]Hath Sprung
         Worldwide Springback Bind-O-Rama and Online Exhibition
            Full information at <http://www.philobiblon.com>
                   ENTRY DEADLINE -- September 1, 2004
                                    
      Book_Arts-L FAQ and Archive at: <http://www.philobiblon.com>
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