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Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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My beef with HC all along is that they are not a retailer, but they are playing half-assedly at being one. I don't actually think we should cut them too much slack because they have *chosen* to operate outside of their normal space, without being properly prepared to do so. It's important not to confuse whether they produce good books (as they evidently do) or whether they are good at retail. The two issues have been confused on this thread, but they are totally unrelated.

Retail operations are just completely different than wholesale, which is why the retailer gets to charge an extra 30-50% for their trouble (and still might only just manage to turn a profit).

All that said, if HC can get to the point where they consistently manage to send my parcels to the correct (and complete) delivery address, adequately packaged, then that's *all* I really care about. If they can manage to fix that, I'm cool with them.

Stu

Posted on: 2009/5/22 15:20


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Really very, very nice. Well done to all concerned. I wish I could afford it!!!

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Posted on: 2009/5/22 3:12


Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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I think the problem with this whole process has been one of miselading terminology. The whole idea of there being a "pre-order" process was a bit ludicrous. If HC had simply offered to put people on a mailing list for notification when the book became available (as they did with CoH) and left it at that, there would not be an issue here. They only made it a pretend "pre-order" to try and gather market information, and whilst this was a fairly obvious stunt, it did leave a bit of uncertainly with the buyer as to whether to wait for contact or jump in and order when the release date rolled around.

In the grand scheme of things, it's all fairly minor stuff, but I can understand those who did fill out the pre-order being a bit upset at not getting the lowest number possible, because they were waiting for some contact that didn't happen. Really, the only issue I can see here is the numbers, and I imagine the really keen people (and I'm thinking of the "professional Tolkienisti", such as Beren, et al) might well have called in and ordered on the 19th anyway (and I don't imagine HC would have turned those early sales down!).

Fundamentally, I don't think getting the book a day later (for those of you who did order) is going to be too much of a strain! :)

I'd be really interested to hear what numbers people manage to get, relative to when they ordered, and some pictures would be nice!

Stu

Posted on: 2009/5/21 15:36


Re: Super-Deluxe Sigurd & Gudrun
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>They probably got hundreds if not 1000s of people registering

LOL :)

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Posted on: 2009/5/21 13:56


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>What I would love to happen, is for all the avid collectors to get their copies, and then HC announce that they decided to cut production to 250, instead of 500 copies.

The idea of printing 500 copies still seems a bit bizarre for this title. I would have thought 150 would have been plenty given the economic climate and the non-ME nature of the material. I guess they must be able to make a good enough margin selling a proportion of them , even if they have to sell the remainder in bulk a few years down the line. I'd love to know the real cost of production; The page block obviously costs next to nothing, but I haven't a clue about the rest of the cost. The quality is higher (and no there is the traycase to consider), but the Easton Press seem to be able to mass produce quite reasonable leather bindings at a remarkably low retail price, so I suspect the cost is lower than one might suspect.

Posted on: 2009/5/20 21:49



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