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Drone On - this starts tomorrow (1/28/13).

Well... My worst fears on this are confirmed. After a discussion with a USPS employee yesterday and referencing this spreadsheet that USPS was using in quoting their new pricing to me:

a single CD will jump up to $12.15 to $12.75 (and according to the gal I spoke with this includes shipping to Canada). This is basically double what it cost and 3-times what it cost to ship to Canada.

Pardon my language but this is bullshit. This will, in my opinion, single handedly kill The CD market.

A real shame.

While there is no doubt a drop in postal service due to the digital age, this article sums up exactly the problem right now:

"USPS was forced to prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span ó meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasnít even hired yet, something that no other government or private corporation is required to do."

Not to get political, but this request was a bit outrageous. It's likely that USPS' revenue would have continued to decline regardless but this was a huge blow to the USPS, just made the whole entity fall faster.

That said, I don't know how the USPS is suffering.  I get mail, I send mail, every time I'm at the post office there's a line and most days the little substation in my grocery store that I regularly use has boxes damn near up to the ceiling.  The volume of parcels I see is huge! I'm no expert on the whole system of mail service, but there sure does seem to be plenty of people mailing stuff.

I also agree with Drone On - digital files are not my thing. I've bought 3 digital albums ever and that was because they were only available that way.  Unless you're starved for space, I do not understand the lack of love for a real CD or LP.  I think there will always be demand for the physical product but, obviously, just not as much.  The record stores around here seem to still be doing pretty well... but the post office price hikes could absolutely devastate international commerce, if you ask me.

Edit: Well, in the very article I link to, Ralph Nader had this to say: "As consumer advocate Ralph Nader noted, if PAEA was never enacted, USPS would actually be facing a $1.5 billion surplus today."  So maybe USPS would have been in the black at this point.


Last week I read that the USPS is raising rates on foreign orders as much as 60% - in other words, 1 CD to Australia costs about $6 now, and could go up to about $10.00.  Can anyone confirm this yet? How are other artists dealing with this?  Will people in Europe, Australia, etc. reconsider buying a CD if we have to pass this cost on to them?  I mean, $10 Shipping for 1 CD is really high. This concerns me.  For the past few years I'd say 70% of all my CD sales are to Europe & Australia.   :(    >:( 

Everything and Nothing / Re: "Make Offer" option for sellers on Discogs
« on: January 21, 2013, 09:36:27 PM »
You guys (I'm talking about album buyers, not producers) sure do have a little business going there on Discogs.

Well, I've only made two purchase transactions on discogs.  The first one I got no response from anyone.  The second one went smooth. I'm not totally comfortable with discogs yet for buying.  The selling is probably better than I made it sound, just takes a long time for payment and a couple no-shows, and there was one disc I sent out that apparently didn't have the disc inside (it was shrinkwrapped so I didn't know) and the person who bought it lives in Germany and just flipped out on me calling me a "murderer" (must have been a language barrier thing there because that's kinda crazy talk) but otherwise OK I guess.  I've only sold one title to the U.S. and the rest to Europe & Canada via discogs (Europe is where most orders originate these days).

Everything and Nothing / Re: "Make Offer" option for sellers on Discogs
« on: January 21, 2013, 01:58:42 PM »
I'm still a bit new to discogs buying an selling. I didn't know that about the cancellation deal. Thanks!  I was sort of giving the buyer a break because he bought a couple titles prior. The buyer was also from Italy and perhaps there was a language barrier issue when I sent my correspondence to him. Oh well. I'll take advantage of the canceling option on future transactions if necessary so thanks for the tip!

Everything and Nothing / Re: "Make Offer" option for sellers on Discogs
« on: January 21, 2013, 10:05:02 AM »
Yeah, that's really dumb, but problem I've had is more trouble with buyers. 1 out of 3 orders the person doesn't respond to the invoice I send and since discogs' fee format doesn't keep track of when or even if I receive a payment I still have to pay the $1 per disc it costs me to sell on there. But I never get a darn payment. Apparently, I can't get a refund from discogs but I can get credit for the next sale, but i have to mess around with some form and stuff.... Kind of a mess on both ends of the transaction.

Hang in there though!


Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: December 09, 2012, 12:03:10 PM »
Judd - it was a pleasure to have you and your wife stay here. I'm sorry you weren't able to stay here in Denver. Hope you and your wife are doing well! Say hi from us.

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: Overrated Ambient
« on: December 09, 2012, 09:39:08 AM »
Actually Forrest, I'm a pretty shy person myself.  Jesse was my first big celebrity so I don't know why I bombed so much the 2nd time with Mr. Rich .  I didn't really approach him conventionally like an obtrusive fan.   Jesse put me up to it...  ;D

Don't forget that you stayed at this celebrity's house for a couple weeks too!  ;D

Other Ambient (and related) Music / Re: New Killing Joke
« on: December 09, 2012, 09:29:08 AM »
Late to this thread... I'm not a die hard but I do like KJ quite a bit, mostly the 80s synthpop/goth stuff moreso than the more recent stuff.  I liked Pandemonium and Democracy as well.  That said "In Cythera" is a kick ass song.  Kind of the one stand out on the album that the band should have done more of.

Zeit is deep!

Just unwrapped Vols 7 & 8 of the La Vie sets and they're both the all-black CDRs too. Oh well. Listening to 7 now, the opening track is nice.

Re: TD.  I quite like the live 35th Anniversary Phaedra DVD, but could do without the contemporary, I guess you could call it, acoustic stuff with the women and big hair. I skip over that stuff for the most part.  I did pick up "Epsilon Journey" 2-CD set and like about half of it.  Seems like disc two is better IIRC.  Anyway, I find KS and TD to be fun to listen to, but not necessarily "deep".  That's OK with me though.  Sort of like KS & TD is to Steve Roach as R.E.M.'s "Shiny Happy People" is to Sisters of Mercy's "Marian".


Interesting and thank you for the reviews. I agree that from what I've heard From these releases - both the actual albums and the audio snippets - that vol. 5 & 6 are, so far, the more interesting and enjoyable to listen to. I'll take your advice on 1 & 2. I am a little up and down on KS's operatic and manic stuff. Some of it is.... listenable while at other times cringeworthy. Still, it can be fun but usually a one-time listening experience.

Drone On - resurrecting this thread because I just picked up Vols. 5-8 recently (still listening to Vol. 5) and had no idea these were pressed on CDRs.  And yeah, the packaging is awesome but what's the deal with CDRs for these!? At least they do not sell for a whole lot online but still, kind of a bummer on that.  I do have Vols 3 & 4 (on real CD) and I want to pick up Vols 1 & 2 and 9-12, but may skip 9-12... of course the completist in me may not be able to handle it.  Speaking of which, any comments on 9-12?

Looks like you got the drone on special there Jesse  ;D


So I picked up a new CD via rarewaves imports on eBay the other day.  Fast shipping (about 7 days) but mailed in a thin cardboard envelope (very thin, like one step up from paper) and absolutely NO bubble wrap, nothing, and the CD wasn't even shrinkwrapped.  It is a digipak and of course the clear tray portion is cracked and broken exposing sharp pieces of plastic and this more or less ruins the value of the package.  It wouldn't be a big deal if it were a standard jewel case but the disc holder is part of the digipak.  Why don't these guys use at lease one layer of bubble?  They offered a 20% refund or I return it on my dime to the U.K. in which cased I'd lose. Not sure how these outfits can justify no packaging and then offer a refund amount that basically nets them nothing while the customer is on the hook for the rest. Don't plan to fight this one.  No energy.

Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 08, 2012, 11:07:46 PM »
Agreed. Time for an upgrade!

Everything and Nothing / Re: Kunaki quality problems
« on: November 08, 2012, 08:32:59 AM »
Drone On - it would be great if you would send your grievances and complaints direct to kunaki. Their customer service e-mail is:

I myself would love to hear their response to you. I'd be descriptive as possible.

There was a stretch a few months ago where I had several complaints of their new ink they use gumming up, some people got discs from me that had no CD in them. Ive had misprinted art, and situations where the cover art was for one title and the back art for another. Also nearly very time I've checked my copies I see fingerprints and scratches on the disc surface. These are very annoying issues for sure and it behooves Kunaki to do a little better at quality control. That all said, I've only had a few complaints that required a replacement. Maybe 1 in every 50.

Let us know if you send them a complaint and what they say.

Everything and Nothing / Re: External drive always running
« on: November 08, 2012, 08:24:33 AM »
Hi guys, thanks for the input (and sorry Mike, I meant to put this thread in the technology section. I thought I was in there when I typed this up).

I have thought of the options you guys mentioned - a power switch or disconnecting the USB and I have also just used the 'eject' option (but then I do need to power cycle for the drive to show back up).  Problem is none of this is particularly practical for a few reasons. It doesn't seem practical to turn the power off and on several times throughout the day (and maybe harder on it than if it kept running?) and it's not particularly easy to access the USB connection. I guess I could 'eject' the drive then do a power cycle with a power strip, but seems excessive. At this point I wonder if I should bother changing anything because the drive is so used to spinning and reading. Some nights I've left the computer on for 24 hours and the drive is still spinning away.

I guess I was hoping to find out that there is a power control or indexing feature that might be doing this that could be adjusted.  I just can't figure out why this has to spin non stop.

Thanks for the help!

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