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  • i'd go for a chamber strings group buy...

  • Another vote for Chamber Strings here.

  • Me too for chamber strings -- very attractive seeming package, but just too expensive when I already have almost enough strings. But at $700Us, $600US, $500 US ... I'd buy.

  • What about the logistics.... sorry for that blunt q., but how does that work?

    I suppose...

    1 person is on charge of collecting orders and money? Otherwise there is no advantage for the distributor etc. right?

    How is delivery and insurance of the same sorted?

    Again, sorry, but I never heard about it before, just enlighten my guiness clouded brain will ya? ( Hi Fitch! [:D] ) [[;)]]

    How does it work, and where are the incentives for the seller to do so?

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    @laughingbear said:

    ... where are the incentives for the seller to do so?


    Simple math for an hypothetical month:

    20 copies at 700 US = 14,000

    200 copies at 300 US = 60,000

    Capiche? [H]

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    @laughingbear said:

    ... where are the incentives for the seller to do so?


    Simple math for an hypothetical month:

    20 copies at 700 US = 14,000

    200 copies at 300 US = 60,000

    Capiche? [H]

    Well said. [H]

    I wonder if the VSL folks are listening to our plea. [[;)]]

  • I also think a group buy would be a good idea for Opus 1 at this time. Many people thinking about a good orchestral library will consider QL gold at such a low price. Personally I think I would like to go with VSL to eventually upgrade to the big libraries. I like the realism of VSL compared to QL. If I could get Opus 1 in that sort of group buy situation I would definitely go for it.

    Tom

  • FYI -- the Gold Group Buy has now reached 36 entries, and a discount of 40%...

  • I bought mine today. Hope I made the bonus.

    Evan Evans

  • In fact there is a group buy in another forum in which the developper is offering one whole branch of his libraries in the group buy (that is: wether you buy a specific one or another, it will sum the count)... let's imagine if this applies to all the horizon branch of products... the sales would be spectacular, I would probably get more horizon products at once than I would usually do or even getting some that I wasn't intending to buy...

    of course the 80+ count and the 60% discount would be reached very fast, but that's really the point isn't it? Developpers should have calculated even if they are offering 60% discount they will be having benefits (in fact one of the products in those group buys is almost reaching 200 sales!) and VSL could at the same time not only keep their product policy as there is still a Pro Ed that people could get, BUT at the same time it would multiply the chances of an upgrade to the Pro-Ed... something like collateral benefits in a medium-long term...

    [:D]

    Regards,

    Iván

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    @laughingbear said:

    ... where are the incentives for the seller to do so?


    Simple math for an hypothetical month:

    20 copies at 700 US = 14,000

    200 copies at 300 US = 60,000

    Capiche? [H]

    not really capiche.... [*-)]

    I mean, compare that with single sales profit.... even if they would loose 25% because of not offering GroupSex, ahem, Groupsales, they still would make higher profits.... wouldn't they?

    Then agan, I may be wrong, at the end of the day it is all about VSL's calculation.... let's see what they have to say.

    How about the logistics? I mean is it true that 1 person only would collect the orders/money and place one single big order? If so, well, how would you make sure that the one getting the order/money would not have a nice weekend in Las Vegas? I am just wondering about the details...

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    @Existence said:

    FYI -- the Gold Group Buy has now reached 36 entries, and a discount of 40%...


    4 more and it will be at 50% guarranteed !! [:D]

    One of the side of effects of Group Buys is that they encourage a lot of spontaneous purchases, from people who wold not otherwise consider a particular instrument, possibly drawing a lot of consumers disposable cash away from other planned purchases .... this particular offer could make it an uncomfortable time for anyone considering launching a new orchestral library at this time (and there's at least one in the offing).

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    @laughingbear said:

    ... where are the incentives for the seller to do so?


    Simple math for an hypothetical month:

    20 copies at 700 US = 14,000

    200 copies at 300 US = 60,000

    Capiche? [H]

    not really capiche.... [*-)]

    I mean, compare that with single sales profit.... even if they would loose 25% because of not offering GroupSex, ahem, Groupsales, they still would make higher profits.... wouldn't they?




    Yeah -Capiche Ned!

    To me it's obviously all about rapid turnover. Maybe to pay for oncosts of the developement of a new library. At the end of the day, you're selling DVD's, right? The developement was ags ago.

    The danger is - What message does this send out to developers about to launch a new library? Will customers just wait a couple years for another sale
    and another? Let's say EWQL launch a new library for $5000 quite soon -how many people are going to wait for the first sale? What effect will that have on the cost of developement?
    Also, what effect does this have on customers who have paid full whack for something in the first place? What will be their attitutde when they come to buy the next one?

    Anyway, I fancy a new Porsche. Are there 79 of you out there that can help me out?

    No? Well, I'm stunned.

  • Paul,

    I think it's a win-win situation. It's only a one-month thing, so it's not like the seller is under-pricing the product for good. As for those who bought a given library before the sale, well we've all done that, no? I bought an Apple monitor that dropped 1,000 bucks in price 6 weeks later! Some of us also remember having spent that kind of money on a single sample cd (M.V. anyone? :roll[:)]. I know I don't look back and say, "what a rip-off that was!". I just think of the money I saved on musicians'/recording fees! At the end of the day, IMO, you buy a given library because you need it NOW (for a gig), or because you've finally come into some decent money, or... because of a sale. [:P]

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    @Ned Bouhalassa said:

    Paul,

    I think it's a win-win situation. It's only a one-month thing, so it's not like the seller is under-pricing the product for good. As for those who bought a given library before the sale, well we've all done that, no? At the end of the day, IMO, you buy a given library because you need it NOW (for a gig), or because you've finally come into some decent money, or... because of a sale. [:P]


    Oh Absolutely agree Ned! Your original point was a good one. 20,000 copies in one month as opposed to say, 7,000, or whatever.

    There's a danger though. A lot of the guys and gals aren't pros (whatever that means!?!) and those are probably big numbers.

    Your other point about buying before a sale is valid. Yeah, done that many times on lots of things, not just musical equipment, which of course pisses you and me and everyone else off for various reasons. Tough balancing act for the developers.

    Don't like doing that anymore though, and neither do you and everyone else. This issue with lots of people, buyers and sellers, may change their attitudes to timeframe. I may be wrong on this, but if not, library developers may be stuck with libs for longer than they thought they would.

    Anyway, you're probably right Ned; my fear is, if there was any validity in my point, it could make new library developement slow rather more than one would be comfortable with.

    One month only Ned? Until the next month! [:D]


    I am probably being overly cautious again, as usual. [H]

    Paul

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    @Existence said:

    FYI -- the Gold Group Buy has now reached 36 entries, and a discount of 40%...


    4 more and it will be at 50% guarranteed !! [:D]

    One of the side of effects of Group Buys is that they encourage a lot of spontaneous purchases, from people who wold not otherwise consider a particular instrument, possibly drawing a lot of consumers disposable cash away from other planned purchases .... this particular offer could make it an uncomfortable time for anyone considering launching a new orchestral library at this time (and there's at least one in the offing).

    This is true. QLSO is now over 60 copies sold in just 4 days. [[:|]]

  • Another vote for Chamber Strings group buy. It's the only product in the Horizon range that is out of reach for the non-pros. Sure the Opus1 is more expensive but it is also more extensive (swell, huh? :lol[:)] and therefore the investment is easily justified for the people actually needing a full symphony orchestra with true legatos and such. It isn't as easy to pay almost the same for "just" a few strings. The other Horizon products are already somewhat affordable and the full VSL orchestra is certainly too expensive for a group buy. Also the people interested in buying a full orchestra might have already done so in the EWQLSO Gold group buy. Besides I already have the Opus1 and bought it for the abovementioned reasons. [:D]

  • I'm voting for opus 1... I think they could sell a boatload of these; EWQL Gold is already well past the 80 copy mark in about 5 days, and now that it has hit the magic number they will undoubtedly sell plenty more.
    I've been looking into buying either opus 1 or gold...was heavily leaning towards opus even though it was $ 100 more...but now that it is $ 700 more [[:|]] , I'm afraid I think I'm gonna have to go with gold. But...dear VSL folks, there's still about 20 days left to change my mind [[[;)]]] [[[;)]]] , and I'm sure there are plenty more people still sitting on the fence.

    matto

  • I'm beginning to wonder if it might be rather difficult for VSL to start a Group Buy ... because unlike EWQL they don't distribute / sell their own product directly (correct me if I'm wrong).

    so ...

    1) they would either have to establish their own sales / order taking infrastructure. (And if they did this their delaers might not be too pleased.)

    or

    2) get their dealers / distributors to run the Group Buys for them. This could get difficult because they have so many ... which one would run the scheme? They couldn't all run separate schemes else the numbers would get diluted.


    hope I'm wrong.

    [those doubts aside, my vote would be for Epic Horns}

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    @Another User said:

    I think it's a win-win situation.


    For the short term, maybe, but that's going to wear off very quickly. In the longer term it's going to cause serious problems for developers if people start expecting to pay 40% of the price.

    More importantly, put yourself in the position of a retailer who's making payments on stock that's now worth less than half what you paid for it.

    So while this seems like a great idea on the surface, it's very dangerous for an industry that's already stretched pretty thin. If we want ever-improving toys to play with - and I sure do - we want developers to thrive.