Things you must never say to a librarian:
“Libraries are irrelevant in this day and age.”
“Libraries are just book repositories.”
“You get paid to work in a library?!”
Okay, that last one is my particular annoyance, but still, don’t say it, or I will shush the Hell out of you. Don’t make me shush you!

shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows

If someone too poor or otherwise unable to buy a specific product is given that product for free, has the product’s creator lost a sale?

In most instances, I’d argue, the answer is no. You can’t lose money that doesn’t exist in the first place, or which your potential customer is unable to spend on whatever it is you’re selling. What you’ve lost, if anything, is a specific product, and therefore the opportunity to sell it to someone who can pay. If Lamborghini were to give me a free car, for instance – or if some altruistic third party were to do so instead – then either they’ve lost the money they could’ve earned by selling that specific vehicle elsewhere, or they’ve lost the opportunity to sell to me directly. In the latter instance, though, they haven’t lost a sale, because someone actually did buy the car; and in the…

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