I'm confused Colin. In what way are you in competition? Surely you are not
selling overpriced stuff to folk too idle or thick to ferret out the primary
Roland aka Arnold or Ronald or Dranol etc. etc
IMHO, although it smacks to us of Sharp Practice, viewed dispassionately, he
is actually doing us a service. Books and transfers that sit on a shelf are
no encouragement to the publisher to print more, revise editions and
undertake new similar works.
Mr Petterguy is (one must assume) buying the stuff at retail & flogging it
on, thus clearing the decks for more of the same.
All the same, I'd be interested to know what the reclusive Mr Edgington
thinks of it all!
I'm not sure I see how. Whilst this remains (for the moment!) a more or less
free country what he's doing is perfectly legal. His buyers obviously don't
read SEM or they would be aware of the primary sources.
FWIW I have not found David Edgington to be any more reclusive than anyone
else trying to run a business and write a monthly column for SEM and deal
with a large volume of SE queries! I find the latter quite taxing enough at
much lower volumes and I'm "retired" (hah!)
The view from DWE himself is: " I don't approve but he's paying the same
price as everyone else.....I have picked up several newcomers from people
who have bought from him and then found my address in the books. "
So there you go. Perhaps its time to bring speculative debate to an end .
As a personal observation, we oft bemoan the lack of newcomers to the hobby
but MB's sales suggest there are plenty out there. No doubt in time some
will graduate from a Lister D and to SEM.
See some of you at Enstone (don't forget to wrap up VERY warm).