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RE: Too much of a commercial presence on APD?

> Date: Sat, 26 Feb 2000 13:35:05 -0800
> From: Sherman Lovell <lovell at drizzle_com>
> Subject:
> It seems like we're seeing a lot more of a commercial presence on APD
> than we used to.  I'm thinking in particular of two entities that used
> to be very small scale or non-commercial, but that have now come to be a
> fairly constant marketing presence.  Is this bothering anyone else?  Or
> are maybe these two people just viewed as list members who happen to be
> filling the somewhat specialized needs of the group?  Personally, I draw
> the line where someone posts a message saying nothing more than, in
> effect, "I can sell you what you're looking for at http://..."
> - -- Sherman Lovell

Sherman brings up a great point here.  Batten advertising is taboo and
should not happen on the list.  I would rather tolerate (too strong a word)
good input from a few fellow aquascapers like TMG/C02-Dave G.(see
http://www.wcf.com/store/)  & GoodPlantsAtAGoodPrice-Robert P.H. (see
http://www.aquabotanic.com/)  who have turned what clearly started as a
hobby in to a small business at great benefit to other hobbyist.  Also to
the benefit of new aquascapers that are continually being ripped-off by the
aquarium industry for products that don't work and/or are sold to them by
people that haven't a clue what they are doing.  I say if they contribute to
the list (and "the two" mentioned above clearly do), then let em plug a URL
every once-in-a-while.  How many big commercial suppliers provide content
like Roberts or are publishing a new journal specific to our hobby.  NOT
ONE!  (well maybe Dupla, AquaJournal and Amono's products home pages compare
but ya can't get their products in the US).

Tom Brennan
You guys missed a great WV caving trip this weekend. My next substrate is
going to be Bat Guano! So. I will be selling it too, you watch ;)
www.guanotanks.com  (not a real URL).