As much as I am for supporting smaller bands in any way possible, I've pre-ordered my copy of Heavy Sky from Amazon rather than from 65's website direct. Buying direct from 65's website costs you a £3.40 delivery charge on a £7 EP - absolutely fudging ridiculous! The EP is £4.99 on Amazon with free delivery - it's just no contest.
And because I *do* try to support the bands I like wherever I can, I would've happily paid £7 direct to 65 rather than £4.99 to Amazon if the delivery charges hadn't been so excessive, but it appears they've gone for a flat rate delivery charge on the 65 site, so it's £3.40 no matter what you're buying. Fair enough if you're getting in one of the bundles that has loads of stuff in it, but if you just want the EP then you're looking at delivery charges of almost 50% of your net order cost.
The band themselves will obviously have very-little-to-no say in how their label sets their pricing, but no matter who's to blame the end result is the same: some massive company is getting my cash and passing a small amount of it on to the band rather than the band getting the whole wedge, but as a punter you're left with very little choice unless you like getting mugged.
Good points BUT you miss out then on the Wrong Shape alt. version. And I can tell you that you are missing out... Anyway, I'm getting posters and stuff too (the A1 of WWEA is just lovely, and the print of Heavy Sky ain't bad either), so that made it more worthwhile in my eyes.
I was actually replyiing to Lawrie But, Yeah, I got the print + EP in the end. I could've saved around $10-15 by ordering it via another site, but I wanted to support the band + it made the price shipping on the print more economically viable + I would've waited a while longer with the other store (although, once shipped, their orders seem to arrive pretty fast) + no bonus tracks...
I really wanted the deluxe package, but after thinking about it, I realised the stickers meant nothing to me (might've been nice for my locker at work, but that's it), I probably wouldn't wear the shirt (even if it fit!) and I already had the singles. Only thing I miss out on is the WWEA vinyl, which i'll get later, and the digital After San-Francisco (which IS a real bummer, but not worth $100 more!)
Okay, we're going into (February) 2011 with this rather than 2010, but the two artists who I think were responsible for the best two albums of 2000-2009 have collaborated on a track together, and I couldn't be happier with the result: