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Neil Hurwitz
Re: A Chicago Giant falls
on Nov 4, 2011 at 10:52:00 pm

Tim Said
"If you need to buy one camera, or set up one suite, or can hire Bob Zelin, then no, a reseller doesn't add much.

But Roscor specialized in things like schools, churches and independent TV stations -- multiple systems, often placed into facilities with no IT or other appropriately skilled staff. These customers want single sources for mics, monitors, edit systems, storage, cabling, so when something went wrong, they made one call, and it was taken care of. There, having a dealer is invaluable."

I agree, But here is the rub: These same institutions you mention
PRICE CHECK everything on the internet, Just like you and I,
and then ask for the same discounted price. The result
is very little or no markup on equipment for the vendor.
No mark up means the organization can't support itself.
So in a way Roscor is evolving: to a straight systems integrator/service company. I hope they make it.
Years ago I was doing loads of work for USA/SCI-FI and they used to send over blank D3 tape by the pallet I would then "Basic"
it for them at the rate of 60.00 per hour. That type of work
in which an overnight shift would generate 3,600.00
(5 machines x 8 60's per shift) really helped support the shop
Now this didn't happen every night but about once a week.
I used to pay the tape op whose day job was as a starving PA/PM
200.00 bucks. As these things get leached away I don't see how
todays facilities can stay open and make enough money to keep
everyone happy.

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