Look at it this way: You buy two splendid books and get 40 CDs free.
Nobody in a sane frame of mind will listen to the 40CDs in one go. Look
at it as an archive: You pick the tracks you want to hear whenever you
are in the mood, or need them for further research.
As far as I am concerned, Bear Family is not overpricing: they go for
the highest possible quality in printing the books and mastering the
CDs. The CDs can be bootlegged, the books can not. Yes, the music could
be put on a memory stick, or on DVDs, meaning that John Doe cannot or
will not play them - how many of you people use their PC for listening
The print run obviously will depend on demand. The more people show an
interest in this esoteric subject, the higher the print-run, and the
lower the production cost. It is easier to sell Michael Jackson than
Pete Hampton... On a subscription basis and direct sale, prices would be
lower. If one distributes through retail channels and bookstores etc.
you would have to add maybe 50%.
We are all waiting for Bear Family to do the final calculations within a
few more weeks. It is a tricky situation: Nothing like this has ever
been done before, and for a medium sized family business the required
investment, and risk, is huge.
Steve Ramm schrieb:
> Maybe part of my point is missing. I really wasn't as concerned that they
> were only making 100 sets, I was concerned that with 40 CD (and the two
> books), using Bear Family's current pricing in they book and Cd sets of about
> $25 to $30 per disc in the set (depending on where the DM is at that point
> in time) a 4--Disc set would cost....... ta da! ... $1,000 to $1,200. Making
> it virtually unafordable for most. Let's also consider that 40 CDs at 75
> minutes will take 47 hours to listen to.
> Yes, there won't be a lot of folks who will buy for $1,000. (though I'm
> sure some will buy for investment value!). And, as Mike said more folks heard
> Rainer give his talk in New Orleans than there are sets to be available.!
> I also see a cottage industry where someone buys a set and then reissues
> the CDs just like Proper and JSP. Heck, who cares about copyright, they say?.
> If priced out of reach, this might well happen.
> The concept of flash drives made sense. And, of course, you could make your
> own CDs or transfer to an Ipod or iPad or whatever once you purchase it.
> We are getting closer to reality for it's release. So we will see. I also
> thought there was going to be a special discount for ARSC members but we
> shall see. Making suggestions to Richard at BFR probably won't mean much.
> Anyway, glad to hear I'm not alone on this feeling.
> Steve Ramm
Dr. Rainer E. Lotz
53177 Bonn (Germany)