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hi, thanks for the reply!
so you got the distro-bug too? hehehe good luck at it!
i don't know if i understand what you mean when you say distros don't deserve to be paid.
there are a lot of distros out there doing a great work for the community and having ordered from quite a few by now, i've come to admire the work people put in them. usually they're run by only one person, and from what i've read (even before imagining starting my distro, on my own too) it can be quite an amount of work. also, dealing with other people's money (costumers) is a responsibility, no matter what you think about money...
emailing zine-editors, working on a website/online shop, dealing with orders, dealing with costumers, packaging stuff, going to the post office to mail out orders, etc, etc, that's hard work, even though people do it because they want to and like it.
so, even if a distro is doing "work" for a community, i don't see them as a "charity shop" kind of thing. people are putting their time, energy and money into their distros, because they want to sure, but i think they should get something back from it, be it some money (little money most of the times) or support from zinesters. money helps keep a distro going, and kind words from zinesters help keeping hearts warmer and people hopeful, i'd say ;-)
E.T. zine distro said:well today i started my own distro, and i now have two zines for sale. my zine distro is called "E.T. zine distro". i dont think it was too difficult. i am planning on having more zines in my catalog, but 2 is good for a beginner i think. also i have experience with accepting flats to copy & assemble and it worked out okay. with payment, i'll tell people that want to buy the other zine in my catalog to put it straight into the other persons paypal!!! cause i dont deserve to be paid, i dont think any distro does.
oooh also, i am very lucky to have a Holly Fluxx zine in my catalog cause she's pretty famous, she's a rapper you know, and a proper artist n stuff!!!!
i looked up some online shop websites, like Big Cartel, and they seem to have good options, but i'm not gonna risk paying a monthly fee to put up the store there.
>maybee distros should be paid, but if they get paid, then the zinester (who's number 1) loses money to you and to the stores. it would be easier to just tell people to get it from the zinester him/her self.. or you could run a distro where you get paid nothing.! (but you'll still feel important.)
E.T. zine distro said:>maybee distros should be paid, but if they get paid, then the zinester (who's number 1) loses money to you and to the stores. it would be easier to just tell people to get it from the zinester him/her self.. or you could run a distro where you get paid nothing.! (but you'll still feel important.)
Right, I don't make money out of my distro. Very few distro owners too. By "get money" we're usually talking about small amounts that are "made" out of the retail markup which can then be spent on website hosting, envelopes, more stock, etc.
You are aware that distros actually have the stock? Otherwise you're not a distro but someone just compiling a list of places people can get zines themselves? The advantage of a distro is that you can get a range of zines in one place that you might not have come across otherwise and/or postage for a pile of zines from one place is cheaper than lots of postage from individual people. Telling someone to get zines from the zinester themselves is nothing more than recommendations, it's not a distro.
I don't do this to feel important. I do this for a million a reasons, but feeling important definitely isn't one of them.