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Re: [BKARTS] cheap, cheaper, poor



But you WANTED them done properly and understood what the process and costs were. I meet a lot of people who want them done but are
surprised that it actually costs what it costs.
j



> The "value" of the book is in the eye of its owner ... I've a couple of
> otherwise "worthless" books nicely rebound because they have a special
> significance to me, and I wanted them nicely presented.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of J
> Godsey
> Sent: Wednesday, January 28, 2004 9:40 AM
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: cheap, cheaper, poor
>
>
> I rarely deal with new customers for that very same reason.
> I spent a lot of time trying to convince them to just replace the copy at
> hand and if they were really attached to the old one, to
> bag it and store it. The labor involved with repairing a badly bound book
> always exceeds the books value.
>
> Most of them wouldn't get anywhere near the proper costs for fixing the book
> and hence I would loose the job or take it at a loss.
>
> Now i stick to people who understand what the jobs entail and the relative
> values of the item....probably one of the reasons i only
> do it on the side and for pleasure.
>
> j
>
> >
> >    I would certainly agree that not every book needs first class
> > leather.  I have also spent more time in my life repairing junk than I
> care
> > too.  However, I find working with poor quality materials depressing,
> > frustrating, and, ultimately, useless.  Even if the client thinks the book
> > is not "valuable", he or she cared enough about it to bring it in for
> > custom work or repair.  Has anyone out there who does private work had
> > success, in dealing with clients, steering them away from cheap or fake
> > leathers and into reasonably priced cloth or paper??  It seems to me that
> > some consumer education, though not always successful, is in order here,
> if
> > only to allow the client to make a truly enlightened choice.
> >     Dorothy A.
> >
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