Originally Posted by bferr1
Amazon's price averages out to just over 59 bucks per season, which is more or less in the ballpark for a TV series on Blu-ray these days. Consider also that the HD DVD version of BSG:S1 had an MSRP for 100 bucks when it first came out a few years ago. To me, Amazon's price on the BD set seems pretty reasonable.
Highly misleading. First, you're comparing apples to oranges, using the series set rather than the standalone season prices. It's almost always the case that the seasons in a set will cost less than if they were bought standalone. The only fair comparison is standalone vs. standalone or series vs. series, assuming they're of roughly equivalent length and episodes.
Second, you used Amazon's discounted price to derive your per season cost rather than using Universal's suggested price for the series, which is $350. Divided by 4, that's comes to $87.50 per season, quite a bit more than the list price for a number of other shows. Even if you use Amazon's discounted prices of $59, it's still unfavorable to Battlestar: Lost is going for $49 Smallville is $38 (discounted down from a manufacturer's retail price of $80). It's even worse when you compare apples-to-apples. Amazon had the list prices of the standalone Battlestar seasons as $112. Using Amazon's customary 30% discount, that means the standalone BSG seasons are $78.40. That's $30 and $40 more than the Amazon discounted prices of seasons of Lost and Smallville, respectively. That's not the same ballpark, that's a different sport.
Finally, I remember plenty of complaints about the HD-DVD price so whether or not the Blu-ray price is close to it is hardly evidence that it's reasonable; they could both be equally unreasonable. Considering that Amazon listed the Season 1 Blu-ray at a suggested retail price of $112, a $12 INCREASE
from the HD-DVD version, even though the Blu-ray market is much bigger now than the HD-DVD market ever was, production costs have dropped, the retail market is much weaker and the economy has been in a free fall, I don't know how you chalk that up as "reasonable." Looks more like price gouging to me.