From: Bill Polhemus <bpolhem(--nospam--at)swbell.net>
Date: Mon, 08 Jan 2001 20:48:05 -0600
We need to remember there is no such thing as "free". I know that seems trite,
but it is nevertheless very true.
Someone is paying. The cost doesn't just disappear into the ether.
I guess the steel producers finally figured out that they got very little "bang"
for their buck by giving away AISC manuals. They, like many other businesses in
the last twenty years, looked around for places to cut costs, and I'm sure the
"free" design manuals looked like a no-brainer.
Robert Shaffer wrote:
> Any one who produces a product has an obligation to the consumer that there
> product will be used safely. It is the steel producer who should, IMO, be
> providing me with a FREE copy of information critical to the proper use of
> their product.