MIT's experience was this: In the Fall of 2001 we received a letter from a
distributor in Russia called Inform-Systema. The letter indicated that
Kamkin had not paid their bills to the distributor, and they (the
distributor) would no longer send us any issues; they urged us to renew our
subscriptions through another company. When I emailed Kamkin, they told me
Inform-Systema's actions were illegal and they had referred the matter to
their attorneys; they did not answer my questions about whether or not the
2001 invoices had been paid. Further messages to Kamkin remain completely
unanswered, and I transferred our business elsewhere. Not only did our new
vendor, East View, renew our orders for 2002, they filled in whatever 2001
issues we'd missed (roughly half the year for each of those 50 titles) at
no charge to MIT.
It's nice to know they are still around -- competition is a healthy thing.
I would be cautious about placing journal subscriptions with them, given
their history and lack of explanation to their customers. I have no
experience dealing with them as a book vendor.
At 07:45 AM 11/6/2003 -0600, you wrote:
>After I posted on Victor Kamkin, Inc. yesterday I had an email from Igor
>Kalageorgi, the president of Kamkin. Somebody forwarded my message to him.
>He says they still have problems but are still in business. I have emailed
>him about problems some serialst posters have expressed about contacting
>the company, or being told the company is "out of business", and he does
>not understand that.
>Again, their web address is:
>Of course, I do not know if Kamkin can satisfy your needs, but at least the
>president of the company claims to be still in business. When I click on
>that address, I am taken right to their web page. The phone number on the
>web page is: 301 990 4010
>114L University of Houston Libraries
>Houston, TX 77204-2000
>fax: (713) 743-9748