Re: private replies

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From:Barry Rittman <>
Date:Thu, 03 Jun 1999 06:55:44 -0700
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I would also echo these sentiments. I think that the only vendors who have
been discouraged in the past have been ones who have blatantly used the
histonet to advertise their products and cast dispersions on those of other
companies. Fortunately those vendors are a very small minority. I would
encourage vendors to let us know about their new products and innovations
and products which they feel would solve a stated problem. This is a
valuable resource for us.
This is of course a very fine line.
I think that most of us appreciate the help that vendors give us both
privately in individual labs and also with state and local meetings.
Thanks and please do not be discouraged.

At 03:54 PM 6/3/99 +1000, you wrote:
>I would like to echo Cliff's sentiments, having been a Med. Lab. Scientist
>for 29 years and Histotechnican/Lab Manager, I am now retired and run a
>buisiness servicing the Industry in Australia and New Zealand, this is why
>all my contributions are simply signed off as "Mike (Downunder). Many of the
>persons working for distributors, manufacturers etc. are like me and are
>former Lab people, we too have something to contribute, but we tend not to
>promote our own products and do endeavour to be impartial and responsible.
>I have a passion for Histology and am happy to help anyone I can in any way,
>even if means admitting my past mistakes.
>Regards Mike Rentsch Dir/QC Officer Australian Biostain P/L
>P.O.Box 1407. Traralgon. Vic. 3844. Aust.
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>Date: Thursday, 3 June 1999 12:04
>Subject: Re: private replies
>>In a message dated 6/2/99 11:21:15 AM, writes:
>><<Dear Histonetters,
>>   Since reading Michelle's reply about Bone IHC, it's obvious that many
>>replies are not going out to the Histonet.  I was wondering why?  I'm not
>>here just to read questions.  I would appreciate it if ya'll would send
>>answers to everyone.
>>Thanks, Sarah>>
>>I have now made it a habit to reply privately because I am a vendor. We
>>been  discouraged, in the past, to reply to the entire community.  Even
>>though we offer products and services that are relevant to the discussion
>>hand, it has been mis understood as a sales pitch if we offer our products,
>>services, or experiences,  via the histonet.  I feel that is a major flaw
>>the histonet philosophy.   We are in contact with hundreds of customers
>>year.  We share information with them.  We hear their needs and concerns.
>>develop products to help histologists and Pathologists based on their needs
>>and concerns.  We have been involved in the histology community and have
>>experience in the histology lab dating back to 1954.  We support the
>>histology community at various state and National Symposiums.  We hand
>>hand out untold numbers are freebies.  In spite of all this, we have been
>>made to feel as though we are intruding on the histonet if we reply to the
>>entire community with our expertise.   Until we are made to feel welcome in
>>the discussion at hand,  we will continue to stay in the backround.
>>Cliff Berger
>>Decal Chemical Corp

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