RE: The Nerve!

From:"Dawson, Glen"

No Bruce,

I'm sure the vendors pay to wine and dine us out of their own pockets with
no alterior motives in mind.  Customer service is always an added perk as
well.  We should be very thankful that they go that extra mile all for us
out of the goodness of their hearts.  You don't really believe that they
hope to profit financially by doing these things...shame, shame.  Actually,
maybe they'd be better off if we histotechs stopped going to these meetings
where they are hawking their wares and stopped calling them all the time for
help with their products since it is putting them out.  New moral of this
story: free speech stopped being free speech a long time ago.

Shutting up now,
Glen Dawson

-----Original Message-----
From: Bruce Gapinski []
Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2002 7:27 AM
To: ''
Subject: The Nerve!

Do I understand this vendor to be telling us that they do NOT pass on the
cost of R&D to the consumer? 

 I think it is time for a vendor to reply to these incessant comments. I
 am a vendor. I have owned my business for twenty years. My father
 owned the business before me and my grandmother was a histotech at
 Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx from the 1930 through the 1950s. I
 a bit about the business of histotechnology. I feel that I am helpful,
 honest and understanding both of my products and my customers. It is in
 my best interest to be that way. There may some bad apples out there
 for the most part I think that any successful salesman or business
 will cater to their customers. So far I have seen mostly vendor bashing
 save for Vinnie's comments. Let's not forget that it is the vendors who
 pay for the R&D that improves the quality of life in your labs. Without
 the vendors, the NSH conventions and state society meetings would
 probably not exist. And let's not forget that at those meetings you all
 walk around and fill your little bags with free samples and toys,
 Tshirts, mugs and money. When you have problems you call us to help
 solve them, night or day. Most of my customer have my email address,
 cell phone number, office number (toll free) and home number. So maybe
 its time to turn around and look at the other side of vendors. Work out
 the problem with whoever it is that caused this controversy in the
 place and let's move on. And may an aknowledgement that vendors are not
 all bad would be a nice gesture as well.

 Best Regards to all and enjoy you weekend

 Cliff Berger
 Decal Chemical Corp

----- Original Message -----
From: Hector Hernandez  (by way of
Date: Friday, March 8, 2002 12:09 pm
Subject: RE: Struck a Nerve

> Michael,
>  I will not be intimidated by any vendor and if they have a
> problem with my
> comments, I hope they have the guts to reply to me personally.  If
> we start
> doing as you say, then WHY have the Histonet?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Richards []
> Sent: Tuesday, March 05, 2002 9:53 AM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Struck a Nerve
> I realize that this is the far from the best solution to the problem,
> but perhaps if we don't put our contact information and
> affiliation on
> all our e-mails, vendors would not be able to contact our employers.
> You could still include your phone number when you want someone
> to call
> you, you just have to be sure of who you're talking to.
> I know this sounds paranoid and very uncommunal, but with vultures
> everywhere,
> maybe that is unfortunately what's necessary.
> Michael Richards
> ---- JOE NOCITO  wrote:
> > It appears that my last response to the Histonet struck a nerve in
> > a certain
> > vendor.  That vendor contacted my employer this morning.
> >     One of the great things I love about the Histonet is the freedom
> > to tell
> > our opinions, thoughts and experiences openly and honestly.
> However,> how
> > open can we be when vendors start calling employers about postings
> > on the
> > Histonet?
> >     If that was an attempt to keep me quiet, or not to give my
> opinions,> that was a big mistake.  I will continue to place my
> input on the Histonet
> > unless I'm otherwise instructed not to, by the administrators of
> this> forum.
> >     My response was an honest explanation of my experiences. No
> malice> was
> > intended.  I just reported my experiences in an honest, open manner.
> >     What kind of a relationship can be built with a vendor if
> one cannot
> > express their experiences openly and honestly?  I say not a
> very good
> > one.
> >     As usual, the opinions of this editorial are the sole
> responsibility> of
> > the author and no way reflects the views of the employer or its
> associates.
> > Thank you
> >
> > Joe Nocito, BS, HT (ASCP) QIHC
> > Histology Manager
> > Pathology Reference Lab
> > San Antonio, Texas
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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