Definitely agree about panels (and podcasts for that matter). It's always good to do the homework even if you're a ninja at the subject, And you find odd facts sometimes. That's how I discovered that the first ever SF movie was about an abbatoir. Half the bloody time on a podcast weekend I take up with couch with reference books and piss Sal off for hogging the space. But it pays immense dividends. My podcast now has an audience like a reasonably sized Australian convention, which ain't bad. But yeah, people who don't do their homework at a panel are just wasting oxygen.
Oh the films about the sausage machine! I know the one, even if I can't remember the name.
One day, I'll get around to listening to your show, honest :)
I can remember one panel I was on where I swotted up like mad beforehand, and I could clearly see the difference. People getting small, basic facts wrong, etc. It says a lot that out of a group of knowledgable and personable panelists, I was the one that ended up stuck in a corner of the fan lounge afterwards with people talking to me about the subject for an hour and a half. The refresh meant I was totally on the ball with a subject where I would have only been good without it.
The movie was "Charcuterie Mecanique", throw a pig in one end and sausages, hams, ribs and roast fly out the other. A lot of the movie historians dismiss this one, but it's a definite SFnal solution to the problem of smelly abbatoirs in urban areas in 1895.
The other thing I have learned is use the web as a reference but don't *only* use the web as a reference. Most of the freakily interesting stuff is in the books, not the hmtl.
Yeah, and you tend to get the same 'facts' cut and pasted from one page to thirty others. Most annoying when the source is actually wrong!
Not that books don't get it wrong, but it doesn't generally spread as far when a published book buggers up the facts.
If you have people needing a complete set more than me, then by all means give them to them first. If you *do* still have a complete set for me, let me know your bank details again.
No, you were THE first person to order a set. In fact, all the orders on LJ can be filled as I have the stock here. I just need to sit down and figure out the postage, then I can give you a figure.
But I appreciate the offer on behalf of any customers that may have needed them more. But I don't know anyone else who will explode without them :)
That's the trouble with 'big' companies, they tend to think of their smaller, but enthusiastic customers as 'fiddly small change' and will ignore established orders if a 'bigger' buyer comes up. I agree it sucks and definitely a protest of some sort should be logged.
To me it's just unprofessional. If you have an order, you honour it unless you can't for some reason. And then you still do your best to honour by tracking down other sources.
I'm going to kick as much arse as I can. I may even visit in person while in Melbourne.
Re the wallet: I feel your pain. :(
2008-10-02 07:00 am (UTC)
Ley of the Land...
CO have just this week started accepting Australian retail orders, but I don't know if they'd accept trade orders -- possibly not. Might not hurt to ask... then again, it might... it's kinda hard to say.
Buzz is also saying their US trade terms for the most recent waves were better than their UK trade terms, such that it was cheaper for UK retail purchasers to buy from the US and pay the airmail. Something else to keep in mind.
Also, they've just reined in some folks who were publically associated with CO (both internal and external), who were until very recently sharing information (embargoes and etc notwithstanding) and generally being present on the online collector's scene.
Time will tell what the connections between all of these are. But something's afoot.
Oh, and there's a guy with contacts in the Asian manufacturer's factory who's flogging stuff on eBay -- including prerelease and other odd goodies.
2008-10-02 07:23 am (UTC)
Re: Ley of the Land...
All very interesting. Main gist of my call will be to please replace Funtastic, and to tell them some of the horror stories.
I'm not expecting it to benefit me directly, but am hopeful that it will in some small way improve the local market for the retailers and fans.
Bringing in the toys from overseas is very doable, but it means charging a lot more for per item just to make a profit, when I should be able to charge a reasonable amount, and still make a profit. I sell more, the fans get it cheaper, everybody wins.
2008-10-20 10:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Ley of the Land...
Hope that call went okay for you.
Incidentally, if you want to curse Funtastic's name, you might like to drop by Brand Smart on Whitehorse Rd in Nunawading.
It's Funtastic's Overstock store. They were selling CO DW stock at about 1/3 wholesale ...all sorts of DW stock which was never offered locally.
Mostly sold out now. Might have some left. Sorry, just found out myself.
My Uncle, who works at the ABC shop in Civic, says that Funtastic's done the same thing to them over the Doctor Who stuff. He's spitting chips as it's one of their best sellers.