I like having a physical product, but I was running into the practical problem of simply not having enough space to keep the things. So when they announced the (unwarrantedly excessive) price hikes for international shipping...well, I was annoyed at first, but in the long run it’s turned out for the best, as it encouraged me to migrate to 100% download.
Post by dalektimecontroller on Jun 5, 2018 4:50:34 GMT
I used to purchased exclusively CDs but in the last few years I've moved over to exclusively downloads. It was getting to the point where not only was I paying more to buy the actual CDs, but I kept having to buy new bookcases to store them in.
I'm glad I switched over to the downloads as I end up getting more stories for the same price. The only problem is what to do with all the CDs. Selling them and keeping the downloads feels a bit dodgy so at the moment they're just in a few boxes in the cupboard.
I am in the UK so always pre-order CDs to get free postage. My main concern would be that if I am offline for a while for whatever reason and a new limited run CD release is announced and the CDs are all sold before I have a chance to pre-order ... Hopefully BF are able to accurately forecast CD demand so no one who wants a CD prior to release date ends up disappointed.
It will be interesting to see how long the 500 Class CDs last before they are OOP.... Will hey last up to the release date and, if so, how far beyond?
My purchasing strategy up to now has been to pre-order after payday the month before release, so I pre-ordered the June releases I wanted last week after I was paid. That was to avail of (1) free postage, (2) pre-order prices and (3) benefit my cash flow. Now I may have to switch to ordering at the time of announcement, which makes planning my expenditure / budgeting harder.
Although I would like to collect physical CDs, neither my budget nor my living space can accommodate a complete collection. I've therefore limited my purchase of CDs to only a few of the smaller ranges, such as the War Doctor and Gallifrey.
I have a very limited budget for BF and only follow a few of the ranges on initial release, picking and choosing much of my purchases based on the frequent (and very generous) sales, I have a mix of downloads and CD's, though I have a much greater preference for physical media, and given the choice (and storage space and finances) I would always go for the CD (and I doubt I will even bother ever exploring some of the download exclusive ranges) something just feels different when I can't have the physical product there in front of me (I also like the feeling of being able to see my collection building in front of me on the shelf), this news is disappointing, but understandable from a business point of view, perhaps this will encourage me to move further into the 21st century and switch more to downloads? or perhaps I will just knuckle down even further and stick to certain CD ranges only? time will tell...
Also wondering if this means there might be a few more flash warehouse sales on CD's of some of the older/less popular Who ranges...perhaps the Lost Stories or pre-boxset Companion Chronicles will be next to go out of print? (ans reduced to rock bottom prices on CD )?
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