Since Paul brought up the subject, I have to chime in…
What is it with some publishers these days that give us steep, sometimes double-digit, percentage price increases — and, when they do so, they say things such as: “OF COURSE, there will be a XX percentage increase each year.” One publisher’s representative recently visited us and said that unless we signed a maintenance agreement, we could expect annual increases of 11% – 15% on everything they publish. He said this shamelessly. And I say: Shame on the publisher!
No, no, no.
In today’s economy, this attitude just strikes me as out-of-touch. But, something is pretty wrong with us, too, for not feeling outraged by this pricing behavior.
So, if you decide to send back that overpriced set, be sure to mention that you want no part of that 10% annual increase.
*[Note: there are quite a few ‘good guy’ publishers who don’t follow this pattern, but I wish there were more.]