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I am also a member of BMG, but keep forgetting about them. As it is, i have accumulated enough "music points" to pick up even a few more freebies. As the Michelin Man above mentioned, you can buy when the deals are hot and let it slide when you're not interested. If you really pay attention, you can increase your music collection for much less than buying at any retail establishment. Sean
PS... Should any of you decide to join because of my excellent sales schpiel, please use me as a reference. I'll get five free discs then. We can even split them, you can have three and i'll take two : )
PPS... Just kidding.
I joined BMG back in the early 80's when for classsical it was called the "International Preview Society". A promotion back then I took advantage of gave me 2 free (single) recordings a year, free for life, as long as I maintain my membership. 20 years later and I still get my card from them for what is now 2 CDs free per year for life. So I guess I have gotten about 40 free recordings this way.
I have also gotten a few free CDs from their Music Points system. Once a memeber my advice is to wait for the sales, like buy one, get 3 free; or 70% off (the current sale).
Their online site has actually been up for over 3 years. You can deny the auto purchases online as well, instead of the cards.
BMG stopped its mail-order club in Canada over a year ago. Columbia House is the only one left. With no competion, I might add.....still, I've bought all my Keb Mo from them and picked up nickel Creek and some other stuff I was surprised to see....oh ya, Rodney Crowell's "The Houston Kid" still one of my favs of the year.....but I do miss BMG
Marakanetz. While it is true BMG has its non BMG label club CDs made for the club in most cases, the rest is probably an urban legend/rumor. BMG is more than a club. It is one of the largest recording distributors in the world. It has over 200 record labels in 54 countries.
One of the big audiophile magazines did an extensive test and could not find a difference in the quality of any of the CDs. They lab tested them and did listening tests.
BMG has the manufacturing facilities, so making other company's labels under license is cheaper than buying and reselling. The club CDs come out of the same factories as their own labels they send to stores.
Sugarbrie, can you point me to the mag that did this test? I am also a member of BMG, but have used them only to purchase CDs that I am not that interested in, and would not buy but for the price. I have been concernced about the quality of the CD, so I generally only purchase items that I just want to have for occasional background music. I still purchase my "must have" items at the normal "retail" outlets, or at least Amazon, CDconnection, etc. Have you done any comparisons yourself to see if you can tell a difference? I have read many of your postings so I tend to trust your ears.
What the original posted "Eric" discovered is really old hat. I used to collect the BMG catalogs back in high school (almost decade ago). The trick was to collect as many as I could, so I could get all the catalog number for thousands of CDs. Without having the internet search engine back then, this was the lcosest I could get. They make it SEEM that you have to pick 12 (or whatever) CDs from the catalog they send you. but this has NEVER in the last 9 years been the case. As long as you have the catalog number of the CD you want, you can order ANY CD in that list of 12 of $0.01. ANY CD.
Friends used to love that fact I had so many catalogs, which pretty much allowed you to get anything for $0.01. I don;t know how many times I signed up under different names to get the 12 CDs for $0.01. It must have been 12 or 13 times, LOL. And a cool trick in the beginning was BMG wold often distakenly let you get BOXED sets, and still count it as one free CD, LOL. True. You'll never get away with that now. In fact they caught on years ago. But I still have the 10 discs Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (etc) boxed sets, and each (laughably) only counted as one disc.
But yeah, BMG will let you choose any CD in their catalog for those initial 12 disc offerings. Not just they ones in the catalog they initially send you. Any CD. Though now they count 10 discs multisets as 10 selections (or they used to a few years ago, and rightfully should) and not 'one' selection. I still can't believe I got away with that. Someone was sleeping at the wheel on that order!
All the CDs I received from BMG in the past to be of "good" quality. I was unaware they may be marketing otherwise substandard CD pressing via their direct marketing. Though they seem to be just fine on my sub $5k system. Most seem be to be identical [packaging, etc] to their retail counterparts.
If they are substandard, I'd like to know about it!
Kelly-You sick bastard, that was you at that swingers party, man you can't get away from these audiophiles anywhere! I thought I saw some dude there with a beard jamming out wearing a pair of sennheiser's thought he looked famaliar. I was the one in the middle of the tireguy sandwhich(which is a favorite for me:), if you catch my drift ;) see ya next year!