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Date:Thu, 03 Jun 1999 21:38:10 -0400 (EDT)
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To anyone on histonet that thinks that vendor comments should not be welcome, 
remember this:

1. Vendors sponsor most of the educational opportunities that we all need and 
depend on.  Where would NSH and the state societies be without the support of 
our vendors? 

2. Most of the representatives for the vendors are histotechs.  That means 
they have years of valuable experience and expertise to share.

3. Often we forget all the freebies the vendors provide and the demos and 
other help they give.

4.  How will the vendors know what it is we need and how to better their 
products if we do not communicate with them?  Is this not what we need?

5. Some of the best friends I have are vendors and I don't and can't always 
purchase their products, but I know I can count on them to help me out if I 
have a problem.

So when criticizing the vendors for their responses, take a minute to think 
about what they do for all of the histotechs working out there and reconsider 
that position.  It is rare that we see any vendors blatantly using this forum 
to advertise or promote their specific product unless we asked for their 

It is not often that I feel the need to voice my opinion on Histonet.  
Mostly, I enjoy reading all the various information out there and discussing 
it with my coworkers but I felt strongly about this issue and wanted to let 
the vendors out their know I support and welcome their input on Histonet.


Tonia Breckenrridge
Baptist Hospital
Pensacola, FL
President, Florida Society for Histotechnology

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