As is common here, I am running my biggest sale of the year through the end of the year. In a nutshell, here are the offers:
If you are a company or ministry that wants to buy CDs in bulk for gifts, contact us and we can do better (as low as $3 each).
While of course all ten albums are available for download, I made a decision last year to stop reprinting CDs since they are almost obsolete. We still have (barely) six titles in print but inventory in some of those are extremely lean. Portraits of Hope in particular will probably not be around through the full season.
For those of you that are in the industry, don’t necessarily follow me on my decision to discontinue CDs. There is still a place for CDs if you are doing concerts in particular; and if you have room for inventory and money to tie up in inventory, I see no good reason not to continue to stock them. In fact, if you don’t have money for inventory, there are print-on-demand options that eliminate that need. My motivations are different than most in that I am just about simplification right now. My life is too busy and I am trying to streamline some things.
There are two other things that I want to mention. This very well may be the last year that I offer instructional courses in DVD format. Downloads of those courses now outsell DVDs by a factor of 10 to 1. We actually print the DVDs in house and the cost of materials, machinery, and labor is significant. Again, it is getting hard to find homes that still even have DVD players so it is probably time to pull the plug on that though we certainly will not do that within the next few months.
Lastly, I have made the decision to discontinue the Beginning Piano I and II courses. That is a gut feel decision that again many would say makes no sense from a business perspective since they are already recorded and pretty much don’t require any real time investment on our part. The main reason is that the books we use in the courses have been revised and I don’t know how long people will be able to buy old editions. Also, those courses run on a separate platform using some old technology (Flash) that is becoming obsolete. There is no way to convert them and the resolution they were recorded at is marginal for 2018. I am pretty convinced it is time to kill that. If you are currently a subscriber to those courses, you will have access to them for the foreseeable future. I just am not signing anyone else up.
I hope all of you have a great holiday season. We are traveling a lot right now (mostly pleasure) and as is my custom, I will be a bit quiet here during the rest of the year. I may repost some articles like I have done in the past. Also, the monthly piano arrangement is coming out on Tuesday and I am going to make that one a free one for everyone. Watch for that.