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From: Paul Wright <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] time=$
Date: Wed, 5 Oct 2011 15:04:34 -0500
You can add photo processing to the list of services with tiered pricing
based on speed of processing, although differences in time and pricing
aren't nearly what they were when we had film to develop.
But, aren't allot of the delays with both FTDNA and 23andMe tied to batch
processing and having enough orders to fill a batch and enough labor
resources to process the batch? If so, then only time the a rush processing
would have much effect would be when either company were receiving enough
orders to keep the batches filling up relatively quickly (and backlog of
incoming orders you could jump ahead of) and warrant keeping staffing at
high level to process. Since both seem to have small level of ongoing
orders coming in and peaks tied to various sales, this wouldn't appear to be
On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM, Ann Turner <> wrote:
> I can picture some scenarios where it could be a win-win situation. Ken
> didn't specify the type of test, but he may have been thinking of
> "boutique" SNP orders. I don't know specifically how this is set up at
> FTDNA, but typical laboratory work flow systems center around 96-well
> plates, where all the samples are processed the same way. If FTDNA is
> waiting for a certain number of samples to run the test, someone who pays
> extra amount to expedite the test might actually subsidize others who have
> ordered the same SNP. But ... Ken might be surprised at how much the extra
> amount would turn out to be.
> Ann Turner
> On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 8:04 AM, Diana Gale Matthiesen <
> > So, the affluent get to move to the head of the line, while the rest of
> > have our results delayed because of it.
> > The difference here is that I doubt that the people paying for express
> > mail/parcel delivery cause the deliveries for everyone else to be
> > That would not be the case with expedited DNA test results.
> > I'm sick of the rich and their sense of privilege. Let them wait their
> > turn like the rest of us.
> > Diana
> > > From: Kenneth Nordtvedt
> > > Sent: Wednesday, October 05, 2011 10:50 AM
> > >
> > > US post office has it; UPS has it; FedEx has it: many catalog/online
> > > retailers have it.
> > >
> > > Why doesn’t FTDNA and other dna companies have a tiered price for
> > > tests related to promptness in lab and waiting time for customers?
> > >
> > > The very long waiting time for test results is one of the big drags
> > > on the hobby.
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