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I thought that if profit, reputation, and success were at stake, the candle got burned at both ends?
I'm sure we can all recall lengthy working spells when we have gone beyond our normal role, my personal best was 88 days straight for 12 hours. It became counter productive though and just wish at the time I had stronger management above me telling me to take time off.
So sure make the sacrifices but also realise when to stop and return refreshed and actually achieve something.
@AndyPol if you can work constantly
No, I realised that I should have put "shifts" before 24/7 but the edit
time cut-off prevented me from editing it, so it is rather a cheap shot
to ridicule my comment in this way.
The fact remains that this was so easily resolved by getting things worked out before they made
grand annoucements. AFOLs might be great at discussing LEGO, but you
need the skills to run a business and I'm afraid this looks amateurish
I might also add that I have sent e-mails to bricks and
all they had to do was reply and I wouldn't have even commented on the
forum, but it would appear that the bricks staff prefer to reply on this
forum and not to their customers who have provided nearly £100 so far
(12 months subscription for the two mags) in supporting them.
I want this venture to succeed, I really do, but all this angst has been
caused by them, not me.
I can't offer any insight into why email responses have been lacking but I do know a tremendous amount of effort has gone in so far and will continue to do so in getting issues resolved. Hopefully everyone will be satisfied soon and we can all concentrate on the merits of the content rather than the logistics.
I'm knocking off myself now and see a wee dram with my name on it :-)
It is strange that everyone who is involved in this magazine and posting here, are distancing themselves from any of the issues. They are all happy to say that they know lots of work is being done, apologise for the delays, and ask us to be patient, but nothing else. I hope that if you have employed IT experts to run the website, you have a service level agreement with them?
However, that aside, it appears to me that I have become the scapegoat for those involved to target me and avoid answering the issues that have been rasied and pointed out by me and others? I also would imagine that any embarrassment for bricks (which was entirely preventable by good planning) will mean that this thread will be locked soon to prevent the wheels of democracy working any further.
You said yesterday that the decisions had been made, so why not tell us?
BTW, your website is still not ready this morning.
Subscriptions normally start with the Next issue, unless there is a means to specify which issue you start with (there is none that I can see on the website). By the time we have enough information to make a decision about subscribing (I know you have already) the first issue of both new magazines will have been released. So will subscriptions ordered after that start with Issue 2?
It makes no sense to rush the release of Issue one of Bricks and Bricks Culture when their release has been so badly implemented. Despite that, they are insisting against financial sense in keeping to their original date announced to the world on 21st March. I despair...
I did notice the 1 issue EUR and RotW prices for Brick Culture appear to have some typos in.
"So what is inside our launch issue of Bricks, here is a little taster. More will be released over the coming week, its a packed issue."
Hopefully the standard of writing inside the magazines will be higher than that shown on the website. Blocks was marred by poor quality writing. You can get away with this kind of thing in fandom websites and so on but I hold printed media to higher standards.
Generally questions require a question mark, and I have never seen any magazine writing guidelines in which comma splicing is acceptable. And, "its"... come on guys, it's three letters. Sort yourselves out.
I have today ordered a 4 issue subscription to Bricks Culture and a 6 issue subscription to Bricks. The website does not allow you to register an account, so you have to place the order as a guest. Without a link to an account for the order, it calls into question the lauded Loyalty Scheme, as how will "points" be awarded to guests?
Even more unprofessional is the requirement to accept the site's terms and conditions when you are at the last stages of the order - because clicking on the link for Terms and Conditions takes you to a page of Latin gobbledegook!
It makes me wonder if I have just thrown away £60...
And no one has explained to me yet why a digital copy costs the same as a printed copy? Is paper, ink and labour free in England?
Better quality hobby magazines tend to be £4-6 here.
I'm sure those who've subscribed will be very happy with the mags. :)
I have emailed Bricks magazine but have heard no reply.
Are we going to get more announcements from Bricks staff about this, please?
or have I missed them already?
thanks in advance.
OK, so a tax I don't have to pay as an international customer is at a rate of 40-50%?
I would pay maybe £4 for an e-version of a magazine but £10 is just too much. There is no justification for charging the same price as the printed version.
I was not happy with the website, never did work right, someone suggested checking out as a 'guest' and that did work.
Also the reneged on the free shipping to USA offer. Don't offer it if you can't afford it. If it ended up being more than you thought, offer at least a partial discount.
So I'll wait on the magazines for the final verdict.
Shipping magazines worldwide is expensive. Take a look at the Royal Mail's price guide.
I don't know if they are using standard Royal Mail postage for each magazine, or shipping a bulk lot to the US and have it re-distributed. But either way, £3.50 is not bad at all.
Consider that to ship a copy BRICK JOURNAL from the US to the UK, it costs:
$16.75 for priority (equivalent to £11.39)
$8.00 for surface (3-8 weeks) (equivalent to £5.44)