[access-uk] Re: RNIB

Ian I want to get a PDF copy of a book from a very well known publisher. It is a text book and costs £21.99 in Waterstones and when I said I was a student I was informed then that it would be £19.99. Approaching the publishers for a PDF copy as a blind person, they will sell to me for one hundred and eighty-nine pounds and in order that anyone thinks I have made typing errors I have spelt the price out rather than using numbers.


Eleanor
----- 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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