Posted by BeatleFred on February 03, 2004 at 10:16:07:
In Reply to: Attention Beatle Fred posted by SVEN on February 03, 2004 at 05:09:28:
Please dont make me out to be the bad guy here who is selfish and is only interested in collecting money.
There are some things that you need to keep in mind. First of all, just about all of the Sansui literature I have (manuals, brochures, catalogs etc..), and all the hi fi magazines I have in my collection, are things that I had to buy for myself, they were not given to me for free. So, dont you think its a bit unfair that it should then be expected that I give it to everyone else for free?? I spend alot of time as it is Online, looking up Information for people and answering their Sansui questions, so I DO help people. But there are only 24 hours in day and there are other things I spend my time doing away from the computer- I dont have the extra time to scan each and every page of a service manual into a scanner and adjust all the scanner settings so that the small print of the schematics is legible to the reader eyes- all that requires some effort to do, and then I have to consume space on my computer to store all that information and then send out those large-size email files to people. It would actually be easier & faster for me to make xerox copies and mail them out via the Post office- but then who should pay the copying cost? (its also costs money to buy paper and to buy the cartridges for the inkjet printer) and also the postage cost- which will be more expensive to send to countries outside of the USA. And I dont know what the postage cost would be anyway, so I'd have to spend my time standing in line at the Post Office and have them tell me how much it will cost to mail it out to you. Are you starting to see my reasons now?, I believe that everything I'm writing here should be quite reasonable to understand.
As it is, I have had people cry to me before that they are poor and I have then sent them manual copies for free and I paid the postage just to satisfy them. The question is, how many times do I have to keep doing it? If I make a habit of being so generous and paying the cost out of my own pocket all the time for everyone who asks me, well, it should be obvious that I will go broke (bankrupt) in a short amount of time.
Just to let you know, just because I live in the USA, I am NOT a millionaire. I drive a 17 year old car. And lately my car has needed some expensive repair work, so I do have enough bills of my own to pay, so who should feel sorry for me?
I recently bought a German hi fi magazine from Ebay Germany. The seller didnt accept Paypal so I had to send Euros in a registered letter to him. I had to pay a fee just to exchange Dollars into Euros and also the extra cost of registered postage. So, what should I say? - > should I have just asked the seller of the magazine to send me a free copy so that I wouldnt have to pay for it? And thats why if I make copies for people, I think its only fair that they compensate me the copying/postage cost, so that its helps me to offset the cost for the things that I have to buy for myself on Ebay. Do you understand?
I feel that $9.95 is not an outrageous amount of money. If you feel that it is alot, then perhaps you can ask a friend or family member to lend it to you and you can repay them later :)
By the way, I am not the host of this website, I am just a contributing member. And I am not the one who made the scans of the various manuals that are available for sale on this site. So, if you still want a free copy, you'd have to ask the site's host about that, its not my decision to make. If you feel I'm that bad of a guy, well so be it, I have already explained the situation as clearly as I can, you can always ask around on other hi fi related websites, perhaps they would be willing to make a free copy for you.
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