Are my boobs too expensive?

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  1. Maniacal

    Maniacal SS.org Regular

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    Hey guys,

    I was wondering if I could get some opinions here.

    I have 2 book/dvds for sale on my website, the prices are:

    Riff Training Level 1 £25 inc postage
    Riff Training Level 2 £40 inc postage
    Both books £55 inc postage

    It seems that my first book was selling really well and my second is just not selling. The thing is, production costs were so high that I cant really lower the price any more...

    Do you think I should sell the products as PDFs?

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks

    Sarcastic responses are welcome
     
  2. AySay

    AySay Banned

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    Anything to increase sales = right thing to do.

    Selling PDFs is a great idea. Video/audio lessons in addition would always be welcomed too.
    Ideally volume would outweigh the loss in revenue from lower sale price.
     
  3. DLG

    DLG not guthrie govan

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    PDF sales would be the most logical way to go imo.
     
  4. drmosh

    drmosh Sir Paul of the Mosh Contributor

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    I don't really think so, especially considering how useful the first book is (haven't seen the 2nd one).
    40 quid might be a bit steep, but it comes down to the amount of work you put into them
     
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    drmosh Sir Paul of the Mosh Contributor

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    only if there is enough safeguard to stop people just putting them up on torrent sites or whatever
     
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    I don't know anything about your books specifically, but I prefer PDF's because individual printed pages sit much more nicely on music stands. It's damn near impossible to get most books to stay open to a particular page on a stand, which is half the reason I gave up on the Berklee books (the other half being that I'm lazy :lol:) and just look at stuff online when I want to reference something.
     
  7. SirMyghin

    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    Your prices may be fine in England, I have paid 30-40$ for books in Canada. Your prices for me in Canada, are however too high to pay. 66$ and 41$ from my perspective, is too much. So even the older first book is on my borderline range (for 40$ I generally prefer to go video). I would be interested in them, but not for what they would cost me vs what I think I would actually get out of them.
     
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    Off topic comment I thought the header said

    "Are my BOOBS too expensive"

    My mind = filth obviously.
     
  9. Maniacal

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    I never wanted to do PDF files because I found that books are just better. They are easier to use and I get a lot more out of them.

    Problem is with book 2:
    Postage to US is £10
    Production costs are ridiculously high
    In fact, I only make a few pounds off of each sale.

    If I make a PDF, everyone will just get the torrent and then I lose money. I spent £5000 and 10 months of me an my girlfriend editing tabs, sometimes we did this for 14 hours a day.

    I am actually starting to question why we bothered.
     
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    MikeH Bring the gain

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    I didn't read the whole post and thought you meant college books. I was about to say £55 ain't shit. I paid $630. :lol:
     
  11. Maniacal

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    I was originally going to do online video lessons, but everybody is doing that now and I see no profit in that... especially with the amount of stuff on Youtube.
     
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    I don't know man, I always play guitar by my computer and read things on it, its easier to see tabs on it as well. PDF would be nice but the whole torrent thing is definatly still an issue.
     
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    I'm not sure...
    Yes, they are too expensive. The market dictates the price and if people aren't buying they are too expensive. Personally I couldn't afford one.

    Digital distribution is a great way to go, you can price it where ever you need to without worrying about overhead. I would say try 5 pounds to begin with and call it a sale price with the original being 10. That way if interest perks up you can raise it without looking like a douche and the early adopters will feel like they got a deal. This low price point will also hopefully maximize the potential client base and most likely profits as well.

    If you are worried about piracy... Well don't!!! People could scan your books and rip the dvds anyway. People will buy them rather than pirate as long as you price things reasonably low and make payment options easy. Look at indie games without any DRM, sure there is piracy but they have also sold millions of copies.

    Also buy advertising and use free advertising! No one ever made money just making a good product alone. Hell with the right advertising you don't even need a good product...

    Quite frankly I think you need to face reality. The old ways of having physical products are being phased out. You can bitch about it, complaining about how things aren't fair even though you're doing everything "right"... Or you can adapt.
     
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    I was going to come in here to post that the header now actually does say
    are my boobs too expensive"

    TO THE MOD RESPONSIBLE, REVEAL THYSELF
     
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    Mods these days...

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    gunshow86de Beef Jerky Time

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    Please don't take offense to this, but I think part of the problem is that you aren't an "established" artist. I wouldn't have any idea you put out an instructional book if this thread didn't exist. It's going to be a tough sell when there are big-name players constantly releasing books and dvd's. :2c:
     
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    SirMyghin The Dirt Guy Contributor

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    I am another on the just prefer PDF , even if I print it off. I am not a punk kid with entitlement issues pirating stuff either. I understand the risk this day in age, but any sale > no sale.

    The others are right though the market is quite oversaturated with 'learn to play shred' resources. Learning country picking resources are much more limitted however.
     
  19. Maniacal

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    I agree with you all, I guess I am just pissed off about it.

    I will make the book a PDF and sell it on my website too.

    Though this does mean I will end up with hundreds of books in my room.

    They make good bedside tables though..... new business opportunity

    Thanks for the input gentlemen
     
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    No problem, I've been looking for a good book to workthrough and I remember someone here had one who could play flight of the bumblebee really fast and now I remember it was you! I'll probably pick a PDF copy up. :)
     

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