Sunday, January 17, 2016
Well the colleges announcement about the changes to RCA secret has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons hasn't it.
Like all these things there are I think good points and bad points. Let's start with my view about the good points
1) the sale is back in Kensington. I think this is just because of the many years of shared memories about Kensington and the years of camping but for me Kensington will always be RCA secret's home. I do really like the site in battersea and it's actually much more convenient for me but the lack of a tube station near it may well have affected attendance in the last 3 years.
2) the later sale date means it should be a bit warmer. Here's hoping
3) the sale lasts longer than a day. I've been saying for some time that the college should make the sale last for more than 1 day to maximise sales. This makes total sense.
Now the negatives:
1) no raffle - this will I think inevitably mean much longer queues for the start of the sale depending on what happens with drip feeding in cards later in the week.
2) the drip feeding of cards - instinctively this feels unfair especially when combined with a set limit of 4 cards per person (see below). It will be very hard on people who don't live in London and are travelling in. When do they come? And for all of us - do you queue from the start or do you take a risk and buy later into the week knowing that your favourite cards might be gone? An element of chance has been introduced that simply doesn't feel like cricket.
3) the limit of four cards per person. By all means limit the first sale on Sunday to four cards per person but once that is done, especially with the drip feeding of cards, why not let buyers buy another four cards later on in the week? I really can't see any downside to this and it would increase the colleges revenue as well.
4) collection later. I want to buy my cards, turn them over and find out who did them. I don't want someone else telling me who they are by. I like the big reveal, it's a major, major part of the excitement for me. I like seeing all my friends immediately after the sale and showing them what I bought and seeing what they got. I like holding my card and looking at them, working out how the artist made them. I want to do that after the sale not in a weeks time when I have to make a special trip just to collect. And I certainly don't want to have to trust my hard won masterpieces to the vagaries of Royal Mail.
What's everyone else's thoughts?
Posted by pezlow at 8:04 AM