Do you why are the journals so expensive? Wouldn't the team kinda think that's crappy since most of the GF demographic are kids-young adults who don't have that kinda cash to spend. Thanks for the scans!
$150 is about the same price as a college textbook. Most college textbooks are overpriced paperbacks. Some are just ebooks. They’re all mass produced.
I know the phrase “trust Disney pricing coordinators” isn’t a phrase I throw around often, or at all, but the blacklight edition of Journal 3 is gonna be printed on 288 pages of textured paper, it’s gonna be leather bound with metal pieces attached and also a monocle. Invisible ink will (obviously) be used and the book is signed by Alex Hirsch. The initial print is only 1000 copies. And at $150.00 without shipping and handling, the actual quality of the binding should be much better than the first edition of the journal’s was (seriously I think the first shipments had the binding actually fall apart– the pages were all glued in. But with the higher quality textured paper I think they’ll have to sew it the old fashioned way. Especially with that leather cover).
Now, printing and making invisible ink is probably not what’s driving the price up. Invisible ink is used all the time, especially in business, and you can literally make invisible ink from highlighters.
No what’s probably driving up the price is the paper it’s printed on, the leather cover, and the metal pieces. Mostly the leather, if they’re going to be genuine leather and not that fake crap. I’m assuming the metal pieces will be brass but they’d drive the price up as well.
And even with the invisible ink not being all that uncommon, I imagine it’s not exactly easy to mass produce an entire book full of the stuff.
Not to mention the fact that when the first edition came out, the price fell before launch (and with Amazon’s price match guarantee you get to pay the lower price if it changes, instead of the price you said you’d pay when you put in your preorder).
I mean, I still want to fight Disney Publishing for pricing the journal so high, but for a 288 page leather tome that’s hyper-accurate to the show, I’m not too too miffed. I understand why a lot of people are disappointed though. Just because I can afford to drop the money for Journal 3 doesn’t mean everyone can, hence the reason I’m posting the scans.