[access-uk] Re: RNIB

Steve, I'm referring to products available from other suppliers, not braille books. Check, for instance, the RNIB price on JFW.

                   John.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Steve Nutt" <steve@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, November 21, 2009 12:44 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: RNIB


Hi John,

Depends how you define profit.

In the example that Iain gave, if a book costs more to produce than a print
book, how are they making profit, by selling stuff at the same price? If
anything, they are making a loss. Do the math.  Just because it costs the
same, doesn't mean a company or charity is making profit.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
john coley
Sent: Friday 20 November 2009 19:22
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: RNIB

They shouldn't in that case claim to be a non profit organisation. The fact
that you agree with it is immaterial. It is dishonest.
                   John.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Iain Lackie" <ilackie@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 6:46 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: RNIB


No, I am not shocked and I think it only right that RNIB should sell goods

at the same price as other suppliers. We should remember that Selling is
only part of the work which RNIB does and even here there are many areas
of subsidy. If we take books for example, a book is genrally sold by RNIB
at the same price as the print version. However, the cost of producing
that book is much greater than the print. If we were to be charged the
same price for audio books as the general market price, I don't think many

of us would be buying too many of them. Personally, I think there is too
much of the expecting to get things cheaper within the blind community.

Iain

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From: "john coley" <johncoley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, November 20, 2009 6:03 PM
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: [access-uk] RNIB


Hi everybody, I learnt something the other day that shocked me. It's
something that affects many of us. The RNIB as a charity is supposed to
be a non profit organisation.
 When I was researching prices of a product recently I found it strange
that the RNIB charged the same as other suppliers. I took it up with a
friend at the RNIB, who confirmed to me that yes, they do make the same
profit as other suppliers, but given their status as a non profit
organisation they're not allowed to call it profit, so call it
contribution.
 Given that any financial gain made on sale of something is profit
whatever they choose to call it it comes down to the same thing.
 It would be interesting to know how officially they reconcile being a
non profit organisation with their operating as a profit making one, that

profit being made from those people they profess to be helping.
                   John.


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