First, it was the growing backlash about the season finale. Now, I’m pondering whether I’m going to bother buying the Glee DVDs coming September 14.
When we bought the first half-season, its list price was $40, but we paid something like $25. And they were promising a discount on the eventual full season set. But now… that season set is listed at $60 (currently $39 on Amazon), with only a $10 rebate.
At least, they have announced a matching volume 2 DVD set, but it doesn’t have any of the extras. It’s also $40 ($28 on Amazon).
So let’s see what all this adds up to. If I just go for the bare-bones volume 2, I’ll have paid a bit over $50 total. And I like extras. But for me to get the full season set, it would be $25 + $39 – $10 = $54. Which works out about the same, plus maybe I could sell the original and cut that down a bit.
The bigger mistake is that Fox is making me think way too hard about all this. The less customers have to think, the happier they are, and the more likely they are to give you money. Once I have to stop and do math, then I start wondering if it’s worth it at all. Have I enjoyed these 9 episodes enough to go through this trouble? Maybe I should skip the whole thing.
Update (6/26/10): Apparently, Fox has changed its mind — the Volume 2 half-set will have extras after all (although not all of them). Smart move. No point in annoying your most dedicated fans by making them feel taken for granted.