[D8959ADK], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, September 3rd, 1889


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[D8959ADK], Letter from Thomas Alva Edison to George Edward Gouraud, September 3rd, 1889

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I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter 26th inst: asking me to inform you as to the maximum prices at which we will bill Phonographs and supplies to you pending the determination of definite prices later on, and have to say in reply that we can take with you an arrangement similar to that which we have carried into effect with the North American Phonograph Co: ### Without prejudice to the prices which are to be based upon actual costs incurred in the manufacture of three thousand machines, and for the purpose of facilitating business, we have made an invoice price for the different types of Phonographs the details of which I give you below:-### This price, forty five dollars includes one cell of old battery. As we do not use this battery now, the above price will be reduced by about three dollars. ($3). ### Motor Phonograph For Electric Light Circuit. Invoice Price $50. ### In a short time we expect to be able to reduce the price of this battery. ### All these prices are for machines and batteries in the factory at Orange N.J. and do not include charges for packing. ### Royalty. ### The quotations of invoice prices made herein do not include the percentage which I am entitled to receive from you as royalty under agreement with yourself. These percentages will be added to the prices named when goods are being billed to you. ### I am unable at distance to quote prices on parts; all such details you must obain from America. ### I do not understand your reference to an order for fifty Phonographs. I know only one order that has been received from you which was for a thousand machines., and the Edison Phonographs Works is expecting you from day to day to arrange the details of this order so that they may commence its fulfillment.






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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University
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