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Well, I guess it's about time some people realised that £275 is a lot of money, for some it's a monthly income. I was very pissed off when I saw the price of this book yesterday. It's been about 12 months since the website of the book was lanuched and I was so eagerly waiting for the release since day 1. I don't care if these money go to somebody's pocket or if they go to charity. It doesn't matter to me because I can't afford buying it anyway. The worst thing to me is that it seems like dividing fans - fot the rich and for the poor. The first can have better goods and the latter can just bugger off. That's what it is for me. Sorry.
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...for the rich and for the poor. The first can have better goods and the latter can just bugger off. That's what it is for me. Sorry.



I agree but isn't this how our whole society works nowadays?
Anyway, the book sure looks great. Won't buy it.
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No matter how the society looks this is really akward to produce sometning of value and give it a price so that less people could buy it. And let's be honest, it's not going to be a bestseller, it's a book strictly for fans.
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That's why I won't buy so many of these kinds of books; they price themselves out of people buying them then after a few months of them collecting dust in some warehouse, they'll have a "big blowout" sale or web special. I know I'd be pi$$ed if I bought one and that happened.

If they want to charge $50-75 for a limited release of a book then sell the re-printings for $20-30 that's one thing. But $275? Its insane, no matter how they try to justify it (and they can't, at least not to me).
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The least they (RS) could say is, is it instant payment when ordering or when it ships I don't think that is very clear. Also, I wonder if there'll be another edition later this they don't say right away of course because they wouldn't sell any of this one if they did. emoticon Obviously, the insane price is mostly for the extras; Rick's signature, the DVD/music, etc. I almost caved in, but have decided it's way too much and will wait for whatever may happen next...

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I would love to have this book as a memento of Jon, much as I would also have loved the Cal Jam and Whitesnake books produced by the same company. However, I just cannot justify spending that sort of money. I wonder just how many people would be prepared to spend £275 on a book, irrespectively of how ell off they are. It's quite frankly a ridiculous price.

And I really have to question why the book has to be so 'lavish' that its effectively out of the price range of 99% of fans. Are they honestly trying to tell us that it would not be possible to produce a decent quality book at a reasonable price- perhaps something akin to Bill Wyman's coffee table size 512 page 'Rolling With The Stones which is around £40?
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It looks beautiful but I can't justify that amount of money for anything so I won;t be buying it.

But I'm not upset of angry with the seller. You decide what something is worth to you, and it's not the fault of the seller if you don't think it is worth what they ask. The seller doesn't owe us anything.

And it's not like not having this book will affect your life. it's just a book emoticon



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Spot on David. That's how it works. Seller puts a price on a product and potantial buyers consider if the price matches what they'd get. It's as simple as that. If a product doesn't sell, the seller must reconsider the content, and then the price.

I loathe those arseholes who at the eBay write to the question/comment section, "would you sell it for this [lower than the starting bid]", "I'm willing to give you x amount of money for this" etc. The starting bid is there: as long as the auction is on, bid or shut up. If the auction ends with no bids, contact the seller and make on offer.

I remember this exchange in the local paper. A reader was complaining people expect too much money at flee markets (you know, where you can rent space and sell your own stuff). A person replied that s/he is fed up with people coming to him, would you sell that 1 euro shirt for 80 cents? The guy wrote he'd rather give it to someone else for free, or just throw it in the bin than sell it to these "haggelers". If you think 1 euro is too much for a shirt, don't buy it.

Where were we? Oh, the Lord book. Well, I have two related photo books: the first edition of Didi Zill, and the 1980s DP Photobook. The "problem" - but also advantage - of photobooks is they are pricey because the quality of the paper needs to be high, etc.

Do you like to look at pictures of your favourite artists? If you do, buy this book!
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I definitely get where you guys are coming from and I can relate it to vintage guitars;

I used to sell them. The company I worked for would give me so much money to spend at guitar shows and pick up some interesting pieces. You have two types of players; the ones who don't "get" vintage instruments and the ones who do. The ones who do fall into two camps; the appreciators who know the real value of the piece and the ones that were born to haggle no matter what its priced at. Without fail these people would come in and compare something they wanted to one they saw somewhere else which with vintage instruments you can't really do. They would nitpick to the point where I would say "well, it sounds like you really like the other one a whole lot better and since its less expensive, you should really get that one".

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They set the price yes and it's just 500 copies after all, but they'd actually earn a whole lot more with a very different format and price instead of shutting out most Purple fans this way. The Zill book which I have wasn't cheap either, but still reasonably priced. We'd all love to have the new Lord book, so it's only fair to wish/hope for another release down the road...
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