Ken, reading Zone VI newsletters sitting at Disneyland. That's great! I'm picturing you sitting on the curb in a Donald Duck suit with the head resting next to you while you pour over them.
As far as the shipping (in the US)... So it comes to about $10 for a $5 video that used to sell for $40 plus shipping... still seems like a pretty good deal to me. I'm certainly not buying anything else from them but for this item it's worth it, to me.
Same reasoning, which is why I ordered it. I just remember when Calumet was one of the best sources for "one stop mail order" but killed that with their shipping. They also tended to ship chems separately for even more charges.
They carried a lot of great stuff through their house brands at good prices, with many still holding up to use today. But shipping prices for the cheapest ground option has to be driving so much of their business away into the arms of their competitors. I stepped into a retail store of theirs a few months ago and it was pretty bare, their staff though were very nice and knowledgeable.
If memory serves I think his name is Bruce Barlow. I'm not sure if I spelled the last name correctly.
I believe Bruce Barlow is an active APUG member under the handle BBarlow690...
"There is very limited audience for the arty stuff, and it is largely comprised of other arty types, most of whom have no money to spend because no one is buying their stuff either. More people bring their emotions to an image than bring their intellect. The former are the folks who have checkbooks because they are engineers, accountants, and bankers—and generally they are engineers, accountants and bankers because they are not artists."