Another important milestone:
The entry says that the DVD has Region 1 encoding; that’s not true, and I’ve sent in a correction. The DVDs have no Region 1 encoding.
Now, people who know of the BBS Documentary through this website and through the main BBS Documentary website might say “Well, that’s kind of odd; it costs more than on your website”. And here we get into the wierdness of selling through a big-name retailer like Amazon.
Basically, I make less money than I do selling the documentary myself. Significantly less. Yes, even selling the documentary for more on Amazon, I make less. But the balance of this is that it’s on friggin’ Amazon.
People like yourself who know of me and my project for years (and in some cases, years and years) have the score down already; you either bought it through my site or intend to buy it through my appearances at various conferences, or maybe you’re just going to download it when you have the chance. But this makes you one segment of the audience. Another segment is going to hear of this project by word of mouth, from the radio or from a message base or in a conversation at a bar or what have you. These people will, naturally, go home and either go to Google and look for “Documentary BBS” or something, or they’ll go to Amazon.
Other people put more trust in the Amazon brand name than a guy in the middle of who-knows-where. They’ll want the Amazon guarantee and refundability and whatever else they want from Amazon. So for those people, I have the DVDs for sale that way.
I don’t LOSE money selling through Amazon; I just make significantly less. But the trade-off is that I reach a lot more people this way. You see my issues. Also, no autographs through Amazon, for what that’s worth.
Note that Amazon doesn’t have some special “Jason Batch”, or anything; they’re waiting for my boxes just like you are, if you already ordered.
Oh, and I added it to my Wish List. That felt great.
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