This back-stock arose because, for the traditional printing method we have used in the past, the cost of printing is all in the set-up charge, with individual copies costing next to nothing to print. It made sense, therefore, to always print as many copies as we were ever likely to require. However, that "lifetime" requirement has reduced significantly over the last ten years, to the point where we do not really need to keep any back-stock at all, because...
- Our publications have been scanned and are online.
- If we need reprints they can done digitally
- Stock can be printed in small batches, digitally, as "print-on-demand"
- Current sales stock held by various officers including Katie Eavis, David Gibson and Dave Gough
- Historic stock (5 copies of most items) "archived" with Andy Eavis
- Historic stock from a previous clear-out, held by David Gibson
In the past, Trevor Faulkner and others undertook a monumental task, trying to distribute items free of charge to people who might be interest - including libraries, caving clubs and research organisations, as well as individuals. But this has had only a minor impact on the problem of stock storage.
BCRA Council is therefore proposing to have a final clear-out and to dispose of all of this back-stock. If anybody is interested in taking it off our hands - either to store, or to sell, or to otherwise dispose of, please get in touch as soon as possible. You will need a large van to transport the items.