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Re: Neon / LED

Posted By: SVP Neon Equipment
Date: Wednesday, 17 September 2008, at 8:49 a.m.

In Response To: Re: Neon / LED (oldskool)


> Again, I agree with you Mark.I use and like
> EGL products.However there has been no EGL
> rep in my area [Western Canada...that I know
> of] since about 2000.This is very important
> because these are the guys selling the new
> products to the large sign companies.I am a
> neon wholesaler....all decisions on wether
> to use neon or LED are made before patterns
> arrive at my shop.I can talk to these sign
> shops till im blue in the face about the
> advantages of using neon....but they think
> [and know] that im just a tubebender trying
> to protect my livelyhood.These middle/upper
> management people making the decisions need
> to be SOLD by industry sales reps.

> Im not on the EGL witchhunt.[allthough they
> set industry standards]ALL of the heavies in
> the neon biz need/needed to be
> displaying/selling the new stuff,out in the
> field.Thats what LED sales reps are doing as
> we speak.I honestly think it may be too late
> to recover from the LED onslaught,unless in
> the long run the LEDs prove to be a way
> inferior product.

Out of curiosity, who is your nearest sign supply distributor? I assume they carry some EGL products and that is where you buy them from. But are they actually out in the field promoting them? Or for that matter, are they promoting anyone's neon supplies/products? They should be, but I will be surprised to hear if they are.

I will have to respectfully disagree with you on EGL setting industry standards. Maybe at one point they did, but in my opinion that has not been the case for many years. Look at the industry over the past 25-30 years and what new products have been developed and introduced and who actually did it. You will see that EGL has been a follower, not a leader. I am not saying that they should not be given credit for something if they have earned it, but that credit should not be given where it is not due. Too often research of history reveals that the person or persons who should have received the credit for doing something didn't, but a "bigger name" did because of their perceived prominence and influence.

Mark


SVP Neon Equipment

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