- The main activity of the BGPH business nowadays is to proof the guns and so on.
And I perfectly understand they must make money.
It is a business as any another business.
(Just a little remark :you can get on the CIP website their charts for free for example, but nothing is free at the BGP. They even sell the CIP charts for 55 pounds (110 dollars) !).
- About the historical part of their job, it is different.
Excatly as all the other museum or organizations existing in Europe or abroad, they exist to keep and promote the remembering of the past.
Most of he museum, even private, have subventions from the goverment.
And many are not lucky enough to be part of a commercial organisation making money.
- I will take the worst scenario.
No goverment subvention, no money coming from another job.
They must make money to survive of course.
But don’t you think 6 pounds (12 dollars ) for each xeros copy is not a little too much expansive?
Just to copy it (and I am not sure they are not already digitalised) or print it.
Furthermore this price doesn’t include taxes and shipping !
4)All the other museum take less than one dollar !
The french archives for example ask for 0.25 Euros (one quarter of a dollar), which is already expansive when you have hundred to do.
The regular price of a xeros copy in a shop in France being 0.10 Euro (12 cents of a dollar), it means they charge you 2.5 times the price to make money.
It is normal, they have to pay the guy making the copy and so on.
- Now if we compute the ratio between GBPH (12 plus taxes) and French archives (1/4 ) it gives about 50 !!
How do you call somebody selling things 50 times more expansive than everywhere else?
- Most of the people at the BGPH are very kind, like all the historian people, I am sure, and surely you can have nice relation whith them when you meet them.
I am not talking of them but of the organization.