Bad math

The other day I read an item about Radiohead‘s upcoming new album, In Rainbows. The interesting thing is that they let you buy the download (in DRM-free MP3 format) for “whatever amount you want to pay.”

I checked it out and saw that they were also selling a collector’s edition CD and LP (with free download included), for 40 pounds.

Here comes the bad math part. I knew that it’s currently 2 dollars for every pound. But instead of doing the normal sane math, of 40 times 2 makes $80, I went with dividing. 40 divided by 2 is $20, that’s a great price! So I ordered one.

(I blame fatigue.)

Then I took a nap. While napping, the fraud detection unit of the bank calls me. “Did you really spend $80 in the UK just now?”

“What? Huh?” — waking up — “no, I spent $20.”

“Well, check with the vendor. They might have overcharged you by accident.”

“Well the web site was acting funky. Maybe they did the transaction multiple times.” (And it’s true, their web site was giving all kinds of weird errors while I was buying the album. I read online it was due to crushing server load.)

But of course there was no web site error. I figured out my mistake, read their FAQ on how to cancel, which said send them an e-mail. So I did, explained my mistake, and politely requested to cancel my order. And I sent another one when I didn’t get a reply. Still no reply.

So I guess I just bought an $80 CD — to be precise $81.52 plus a $2.45 “foreign country fee.”

On the plus side, the album came out yesterday, and I downloaded it. And I’m listening to it now. And it’s insanely good. This may be my favorite Radiohead album ever.

2 Responses to “Bad math”

  1. slacy Says:

    I guess thats what happens when you’re sleep deprived. 🙂 I just recently found out that the “discbox” version includes 8 extra songs, so you’re in for a good treat. Its too bad they didn’t make those available in the download.

    You really think its the best Radiohead ever? That seems a bit much to me… I’m not sure anything will ever top “Kid A” in my book.

  2. Stephen Says:

    $10 per song, woot! 🙂

    I’ve only listened to it all the way through 3 times, so I grant this is a very preliminary estimate. And I’ll have to see how long its legs are — I loved Ok Computer but did eventually get tired of it, but never seem to get tired of the songs I like from Kid A.

    Right now I honestly think it may be the best. though. There are at least four songs that I want to hear over and over and over again, and I don’t dislike any songs (which isn’t true for any other Radiohead album for me). I don’t know song titles yet, and haven’t read the lyrics yet, so I’m still early in the curve.

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