Just noticed that TW Among Us bundle price is £75 for all 12 releases (UK CD price) whereas a 12 release bundle for nos 73-84 in the the Monthly Range is £110 (UK CD prices) - meaning the MR is £35 (47%) more expensive for the same number of episodes/CDs
We don't know all the details of cast sizes and resultant economies of scale, etc, so it's possibly premature to draw conclusions . . . . but I presume the reason is most likely that Among Us is expected to sell in significantly higher quantities than the MR, with higher volume meaning a lower cost per item.
However, that's not the only discrepancy:
I did also think that the additional postage to send out 12 CDs rather than 3 jewel cases might explain the difference, but then I looked at the UK DL prices which are as follows:
UK DL prices are £59 for Among Us and £96 for MR 73-84, meaning the MR is £37 (a whopping 63%) more expensive.
So the Among Us / MR difference is actually wider on DL than CD (£37 vs £35)! Or, to put it another way, it costs you £14 to get the 12 MR releases on single CD individually posted out to you in the UK, whereas it costs £16 to get 3 jewel cases individually posted out if you buy the Among Us bundle. Now to me that makes no sense at all, given the MR is bound to have higher production/postage/handling costs associated with having more physical product. Can anyone suggest an explanation, or are BF prices set on the basis of "how much can we get away with"?
Post by thelonecenturion on Dec 20, 2022 7:06:49 GMT
The bundles don't save you as much for CD as for download. On CD, you're paying £10 per release in the 6-release bundle and £9.17 per release in the 12-release bundle. On download it's £8.33 in the 6-release and £8 in the 12-release.
Part of the reason that the Torchwood MR can keep going is because it's priced so high. £8.99 for one disc on download rather than the boxset prices of £16.99 for three or £19.99 for four (going up to £19.99 and £29.99 respectively). On CD, four-disc boxets are usually £24.99 on pre-order and £34.99 on general release, but Among Us is £27.99 for the pre-order price. By buying the bundle, you're getting them for £25 each.
So I think the reason for the discrepancy is mainly because the MR is a way for them to make as much money as possible - personally, I'm more than happy to pay £10.99 a month to get the MR, because of the quality of the productions. For BF, however, that's excellent, because these can be recorded in a day, often have a very small cast, and only require an hour's worth of music and post-prod.
There's also the case that bundles save you more on CD than on download, which I think is probably just an incentive for CD purchases to get the bundles.
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