you might have noticed adverts on airliners.net lately advertising Mark Garfinkel's aviation calendar. I've just received my copy, so I thought I might be audacious enough to review it...
Well, first of all, the ordering was fairly simple. Payment via Paypal, no problem, but also no direct confirmation e-mail that the order was being processed. The home page itself looks a little as if it's still under construction, but I've received my calendar, so everything is working fine in that regard. I did have the impression that sooner or later, individual print sales are meant to be added to the page, but for now that feature seems to not be working yet.
The calendar itself is really nice. I'd love to list the photos in it, but as Mark Garfinkel doesn't list them anywhere, maybe he wants them to remain a surprise for anyone who orders them. Most of his famous shots are in there, although one of my personal favourites has unfortunately not made it inside. I have to admit that not being certain which shots are included was actually the biggest argument against ordering, for me, but in the end I knew it was unlikely I'd be disappointed.
The quality is as high as you could expect from a calendar, in my opinion, and on the whole I'm very pleased with the purchase. Delivery to the UK was surprisingly quick, and I am currently looking at the walls in my room to decide which spot deserves the honour of hosting this fabulous calendar. The calendar arrived well-packaged, without even the slightest hint of a crease.
As long as there is no option to custom-make a calendar from airliners.net shots, this is probably the best civil aviation calendar I can think of (feel free to point me in the direction of any better ones, if they exist). The price tag is a little high, but with the cheap dollar being what it is, it's just about affordable for the more enthusiastic of us.
So, out of curiosity, having a professional calendar like this one made, does that require a big up-front investment? And does advertising on airliners.net pay in terms of generated sales?