How much for a slab of vinyl and some fake linen?
I see on the Acoustic Sounds site that newly remastered versions of Norah Jones' five records are being offered for sale. They have apparently gotten the full audiophile treatment -- 200g vinyl, pressed at QRP, special jackets, etc. And they are, of course, priced accordingly: $35 each for the first four, and $45 for the most recent. (Prices rounded off.)
Now, here's why I'm writing this: Buying those five records individually would total $185. However, one could instead opt for a box set of those five records, plus a sixth record of cover versions, available only as a part of the box. The price for the set? A whopping $260. In other words, you can pay an extra $75 for the covers disc. Oh, wait, that's not all. You also get a box, described as follows:
"The box set will be wrapped in a textured paper that feels like linen."
Ah, yes, fake linen and a record of odds and sods for an additional $75. Woo-hoo!
I'm not talking about the artist here -- that's a subject for another post -- but about the label, the manufacturer.
Do they take us for idiots? Apparently, the answer is a resounding yes.