a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I don’t think that anybody is getting rich from selling old zines to others
obviously no one has control of their zine once it leaves their hands. i don't think anyone is arguing that we should invent some kind of remote tracking control system that would enable zinesters to prevent readers from reselling (or doing some other shady business) with their zines.
distros generally charge a retail price that is set by the zinester. typically this price is the same as what the zinester charges. so there is no "profit" going on. the distro & the zinester also have a pre-determined relationship, with the zinester being paid for their work on a per-copy basis usually, & retaining the right to allow their old zines to go out of print at any time. few distros break even, with the various hidden expenses of keeping a distro running
I noticed that some folks had the belief that certain zines (particularly those of a deeply personal nature) should only be allowed into the hands of select people. Perhaps I misread things, but that did seem to be the opinion of more than one poster. And I have to say that zine libraries, at least those open to the public, would only broaden the opportunities for unwanted outsiders to tread on such sensitive material.