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Old July 7 2009, 11:36 PM   #188
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Re: 2009 Fall Book Preview With Covers

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But I would advise that you stop acting like Pocket Books ought to make its business decisions to accommodate you.
What other point-of-view am I concerned with. The entire debate is working from my point of view...
No, it's not, it's working from Pocket's point of view. No one is arguing with your right to refuse to buy the book, but to act as though you don't understand why they're making the business decisions they are making simply because it does not serve your whims is irrational.

I know I love paying almost twice as much for what is essentially the same content. Decisions like these are why I went from buying practically everything Pocket publishes with 'Star Trek' on the cover to buying only certain books.
To me the decision turned away this customer.
Sure. There are going to be costs and benefits to doing business, and a given decision might alienate some customers whilst attracting others. But obviously this business decision is proving profitable; logically, therefore, there is no rational reason to question why Pocket is doing it. You might not like it and choose not to purchase it, but to question the business rationale behind it seems, at best, irrational. And to demand that they make business decisions that serve your financial whims is just irritatingly selfish.

This all makes sense. But what changes when you're dealing with a very niche product like Star Trek? How many readers can Pocket afford to bleed by making this move before things become unprofitable?

My wife asked me if I wanted New Frontier: Treason last night while we were at the bookstore. My simple answer was, "not at that price" and picked up "The Time Ships" by Stephen Baxter.
This seemed to be the post that riled Thrawn all up.
My name is Sci, thanks.

So Pocket is telling me their $8.99 stuff is shit work they think won't sell?
Obviously just being funny here...
It did not come across as being funny -- it came across as being needlessly rude, misrepresentative of other people's words, and more than a little confrontational and whiny.
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