[WWI] Is the sky falling?

Stuart L. Malone smalone at kc.rr.com
Tue Jan 18 13:21:50 EST 2005


I covered all this in one of my points, CAPITALISM WORKS!  If an old 
business, like, say K-Mart or Sears which have old business models, are 
upstaged by a new company with a new business model, say something like 
Wal-Mart, then either the K-Marts and Sears will go out of business, or 
have to reformulate in some manner, maybe, even combine forces, to stay 
viable in the modern economy.  Hmmmm.......  Sounds something like 
Revell-o-gram.  Improvise, adapt, overcome.

No one stepped up to the plate to buy Williams Brothers or Meikraft 
when they went tits-up.  (What ever happened to the Meikraft masters we 
bought off eBay anyway?)  Why are we so worried about Eduard?  If they 
don't succeed with or without licensing, then the market was not viable 
to support their business model and they were not flexible enough, or 
intelligent enough to adapt to the new practices.  If there is a market 
for such items, someone will fill it who can make it profitable enough 
to continue doing it.

Besides, licensing again, is negotiable.  It can be worked out where 
fees are sent quarterly, just like property taxes, based upon the units 
produced during that quarter.  A small kit maker will only manufacture 
what he has orders for.  So, the extra royalties on the kits are paid 
for before the manufacturer has to pay the royalties.  In fact, the 
manufacturer can sit on the licensing fees and collect interest until 
the end of quarter when they are due.  Can you say BONUS?  Large kit 
makers can pay the royalties on their inventory or go to a JIT 
manufacturing model like the small manufacturers.  It all works out.

My overall main point was writing congressmen isn't going to accomplish 
a damn thing.  These are business dealings and have nothing to do with 
the government, military, or any federal representative.

In summation, I would rather protect Capitalism than protect kit 
manufacturers.  Having a federal entity restrict businesses from the 
ability to collect royalties that they may be entitled to just smacks 
of some 'ism' (socialism, communism, fuedalism, catholocism, 
vegetarianism, or something).

Well, I don't know how I got so riled up on this topic, but I did.  I 
will now move on and let everyone else have their say.  Thank you.

			Stuart L. Malone

On Jan 18, 2005, at 11:30 AM, Chris Banyai-Riepl wrote:
> The problem here is not the final end amount added to the kit, which 
> as you
> point out is really not much.  The problem is that generally royalties 
> and
> licensing fees are due up front, before the kit is produced.  For a 
> small
> kit manufacturer who produces 2500 kits of a subject, that would be 
> $3750 up
> front and out the door to Boeing et al, with no guarantees that all 
> 2500 of
> those kits would sell.


> Boeing et al, or simply stop producing kits.
> Chris

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