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Apr 16, 2014 18:59 as a reply to  @ post 16839208 |  #151

The business model works for youth sports photography also- When I was making an attempt to shoot sports on spec, there was a lady at one of the fields with a display table set up and had several sets of prints out on display. I overheard her saying (in a particularly 'snooty' tone) that she displays the pictures and when parents see their baby's picture, they may not buy it until she tells them that all un-purchased prints go through the shredder and no real mother wants her baby shredded, so she sells every print she brings. Kind of sad but effective. I decided that I would not compete with that and went home.


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Apr 16, 2014 22:40 |  #152

Old Coot wrote in post #16839432 (external link)
The business model works for youth sports photography also- When I was making an attempt to shoot sports on spec, there was a lady at one of the fields with a display table set up and had several sets of prints out on display. I overheard her saying (in a particularly 'snooty' tone) that she displays the pictures and when parents see their baby's picture, they may not buy it until she tells them that all un-purchased prints go through the shredder and no real mother wants her baby shredded, so she sells every print she brings. Kind of sad but effective. I decided that I would not compete with that and went home.

Should have brought a BBQ grill to the next match, and said that you burn all the prints that don't sell. ;)


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Apr 17, 2014 07:32 |  #153

I should have shredded ours before returning. I never thought of doing that. I will next year!


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Apr 17, 2014 08:54 |  #154

iadubber wrote in post #16840433 (external link)
I should have shredded ours before returning. I never thought of doing that. I will next year!

Be careful with that. Despite the previous postings regarding the unsolicited goods act, it could be construed your choices are buy or return. Destroying something that was given to you for evaluation could be a problem.




  
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Apr 17, 2014 11:27 |  #155

gonzogolf wrote in post #16840600 (external link)
Be careful with that. Despite the previous postings regarding the unsolicited goods act, it could be construed your choices are buy or return. Destroying something that was given to you for evaluation could be a problem.

What if you take a Sharpie and write "NO, THANKS" across the prints?


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Apr 17, 2014 11:46 |  #156

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What if you take a Sharpie and write "NO, THANKS" across the prints?

In all likelihood probably nothing would happen. But you still would be reducing the value (even though without your purchase it has no real value) of something presented to you for review.




  
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Apr 17, 2014 12:00 |  #157

I black out my kid's name on the envelope with a sharpie before I return the stuff, since they supposedly just throw it in the trash behind their building. This year we got a 'waterfall' behind the kids, LOL


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Bilderknipser wrote in post #16756250 (external link)
>I wasn't exactly sure where to post this, I know there were Lifetouch threads before but I couldn't find one with my particular question<

My daughter came home from school today and I found a Lifetouch photo package in her backpack. Wtf? I never gave permission for these guys to photograph my kid while at school! I'm severely annoyed with this tactic.
According to them I have two options, buy the prints and keep them or return them. (They guilt parents into paying or returning them by providing a Kindle for the school for a drawing)
I didn't want anyone to take pictures of my kid, anything I can do about it at this point?

(The quality of the paper and print is horrible as well, the pose and overall picture is okay, although not very sharp)

Those are the same images that go into the yearbook. Your kid won't be in the yearbook otherwise, and I'm 90% sure you signed the privilege to allow your child to be included in the yearbook class photos during a registration process.


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Apr 19, 2014 07:07 |  #159

"I found a Lifetouch photo package in her backpack"

You were searching your childs property, yet complain about invasion of privacy?!

I agree with the general premise that schools should not blackmail families into buying unwanted photos.




  
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Apr 19, 2014 11:40 |  #160

My kid got the prints also and you know I kind of liked one the shots and asked wife to buy it. If I was doing it, he wouldn't have stood still and smiled for the shot. So for $20-$25 I am going to pay for it, worth it IMHO.


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