Well it is what it is--you have to do what you feel best and I will not second guess you. I would gladly pay $20+ for your generic kit, I know it has saved me hundreds. I hope you consider selling on a generic on APUG. Last weekend the darkslide light seal on one of my Mamiya 645 Super film backs started leaking ruining 3 rolls of film. I pulled out the left overs from your generic kit and cobbed up a new seal and all is well!! So please consider APUG---hey I never said i wouldn't beg:D
There is always Google checkout. You could sell directly from a website, but then you will need to figure in the about $120 for hosting and $35 or so a year for the name. You could also consider a Yahoo store, not sure what they cost but I think the hosting, site design, and shopping cart/money processing are all included.
I'm a big fan of Jon Goodman and his light seals. Many of my cams would not be operative without him.
I have a couple of Nikon F bodies. My mentor suggested always using a couple of pieces of black tape over the sides where the back joins the body. On mine, the commonplace modification was made for accommodating the MD5 motor drive. That resulted in the corners of the back being broken off. This made the light leaks worse.
If you can't install a good light seal kit immediately, do know that black tape will keep your camera functional for a while. Tape is not convenient, but is better than light leaks on your film.
Originally Posted by Jon Goodman
I purchased one of your generic kits several years ago and have been using it to replace foam seals in 10+ Nikon, 2 Olympus, 3 Mamiya, and random other cameras. I am very happy with your kits and will continue to buy the kit ONLY from you. The ebay hack who doesn't have the creative chops to come up with his own stuff will never get a dime of my business.
Finally found this thread; have been reading about interslice and their generic kits; have been looking on ebay for one.
I had been thinking about getting a kit; I have an old Olympus Trip 35 that takes so little foam it is a joke; but I have some older medium format gear and some 35mm that might need re-sealing.
Oh well - off to the local craft supply store! Too bad about the ebay shills- I'm sorry to hear that people like that continue to exist.
I know this is an old thread and I have no idea of what the current status is for John, but I don't understand the problem. John ran into competition. He stopped selling to people at the price he had set for his product. And he's blaming the competition for poor sales? John needed/needs if still going, to not deny anyone from buying his product at the price set as this is very bad business. If he wanted to distinguish his business from others, he needed to trademark the items he sells and label/stamp items accordingly and provide certifications to customers that they are buying from who they think they are. Aside from this, patents and trademarks needed to be filed and a lawyer hired to protect his interests against anyone violating these interests.
Jon's kits are still the best thing going! And I don't think he is very bothered by the competition. From what I have seen of the competition's product, Jon has nothing to worry about.
Just resealed a Mamiya Nc1000S and have a Yashica MG-1 to do, been using Jon,s kits since 2008. Always great service and material, I am just a happy customer:D
Originally Posted by 2bits