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UPDATED: Crash Course available on DVD!

Friday, December 5, 2008, 5:00 PM

3-26-08 An update for anyone who might have encountered this old blog entry:  If you are interested in ordering DVDs, please click here. The old links (below) are outdated.  Thanks!

 


UPDATE 12-5-08: Discs are now ready to order!

Hi, Chris here (Erik is on a flight home).

I've done it, I placed the first order for 300 discs and it went through. 

The DVD company is now accepting orders

An order placed today will ship Monday.

Remember, you have to use a coupon code to get the $0.85 price per disc.

Shipping & Handling cost me $25.50 (ground) for 300 discs, and would have cost me ~$12 for 30,  to give you some sense of what it will be (and I live pretty far from the shipping location).

Here are the details:

  1. URL = http://www.crashcoursedvd.com/ OR http://www.cdfx-crashcourse.com/ (<-- this link is the the actual order location, so don't worry if/when you see this appear in your URL address bar if you use the first link)
  2. Billing that will appear on your credit card = "New Media Gateway".  It will NOT be PeakProsperity.com.  Please be aware of this to avoid confusion...there is no profit on this venture for anybody and credit card disputes will upset this delicate balance.
  3. Coupon codes (don't include the "" marks, just the text between them):

    For 30 discs, or any number divisible by 30:  "30count" (<--that is a coupon code)

    For 50 discs, or any number divisible by 50:  "50count"
    (<--so is that)

    For 100 discs, or any number divisible by 100:  "100count
    (<--so is that)

Orders are being accepted now.

(Yay!)

Best,

Chris Martenson and the Team.

 


 

UPDATE 11-25-08: Change in order process; order online starting Monday; see below for more.

We're very much aware of the community's desire to have the DVD version of the Crash Course in time for the holiday gift-giving season, and I'm pleased to announce that it's finally done! We've also signed up a volume production partner who expects to begin shipping bulk DVD orders the first week of December. This blog post will describe the details of the DVD project's current status, as a few details have changed. Hurry! You have to place your order by Dec. 4th to get the special introductory pricing... (more)

 


UPDATE 11-25: The first version of this blog post described a make-shift order system where you had to indicate your intention to order by posting a comment in reply to this post. Then we said we would provide ordering details when some issues were resolved. They are now resolved.

Our fulfillment vendor has committed to having an online order form ready by Monday 12/1. We will provide the URL as soon as the order page is available on Monday. You must then place your order there. Even if you already posted a comment below, you still have to use the online order form that will be available on Monday 12/1/08. You'll be able to pay by credit card on the order form.

Because the order form won't be available until Monday, we have extended the holiday pricing deadline to Dec. 4th.In order to buy DVDs for eighty-five cents each, you must place your online order by 12/4/08. It is no longer necessary to post a comment to this blog indicating your desired quantity.


Highlights

This is a long post, so let's start with a summary of the main points:

  • The Crash Course on DVD is finally here, and if you order now you can have a bunch in time for holiday gift-giving!
Our mass replication partner has arranged fantastic pricing. The Crash Course DVD in a nice professional Hollywood-style DVD movie box will cost between $1.10 and $1.60 per unit in bulk, depending on how many you buy. We're having a special limited-time introductory promotion where you can buy as many as you want for only $0.85/ea plus shipping and handling. No, that's not a typo. Crash Course DVDs in nice cases ready to give for the holidays can be yours for eighty-five cents each, but only if you give us your order by Dec. 4th. You can sell ‘em for up to $10 each or give them away; whatever works best for you. If you prefer, you still have the option to download the .ISO file on BitTorrent. We are working on setting up the torrent as this blog post went to press. Check back on the Distribute Crash Course DVDs page, and the link to the torrent should be live by December 1st.

 

Here's the artwork for the DVD Case, to give you a sense of what you'll be getting if you order the disk from our distribution partner (note that the back of the box is shown on the left, and the front cover is on the right):

 

DVD_Case.jpg

 

Those are the highlights of this announcement. Now on to the details...

A slight change in plans

It was discovered that the 3.5-hour Crash Course wouldn't fit on a single standard-density DVD without an unacceptable degradation of quality, due to over-compression. For a while it looked like we might have to change our plans and go to a two-disc set or a double-layer high density DVD. We ruled out the latter option, because most home computer DVD burners can't produce dual-layer discs and we want home reproduction to be an option.

After much discussion, we realized that this was actually a blessing in disguise. Chapters 1-19 describe how we got to the current financial predicament now facing us. This material is timeless, and we hope it will remain popular for several years to come. But Chapter 20 ("What Should I Do?") is very much a moving target. The advice given there was based on the financial state of affairs that existed when Ch. 20 was produced last month, and the situation is developing very rapidly. We think an updated version of Ch. 20 is likely.

We have decided to leave Ch. 20 off the DVD, and instead refer viewers back to the web site to view the final chapter. This will allow the DVD to retain its timeless value, and allow us to revise Ch. 20 from time to time as economic conditions warrant. We also want to encourage viewers to acquaint themselves with the additional resources on the site, such as the Ch. 20 download materials (coming real soon, we promise), the Essential Articles page, and the blog.

We are very much aware of the desire of many of you to show the Crash Course (including Ch. 20) to community groups without need for a live Internet connection. We are committed to supporting this need, and will probably do so by making Ch. 20 available as a separate download. This will come as soon as we can manage it; right now, our focus has been to get the DVD out the door in time for the holiday season.

We are committed to trying to do what is right for the largest number of people, and we hope that you appreciate how much time we spend trying to come up with the best solutions with limited resources.

Our production partner is ready to take orders!

I'm very pleased to announce that we have identified two production partners who will be mass-producing DVDs and reselling them in bulk to the community:

  • Christian Redshaw will be our distribution partner for the NTSC version of the DVD. NTSC is the video standard used throughout North America. Christian has arranged with the fulfillment vendor to have an online order form in place by Monday Dec. 1st. The deadline for discount pricing has now been extended to Dec. 4th.
Televisions in most of Europe and some other countries use a different video standard called PAL. For those of you who need a PAL version of the disc, Stewart Shuker in Australia will be our replication partner. Expect an announcement soon regarding availability of the PAL version of the DVD. Right now the NTSC version is the only format available.

DVD_Pricing_Table.jpg

IMPORTANT: The above prices do not include shipping and handling. We know that the Qty. 30 fulfillment cost is $4.50 plus actual shipping charges. We're working on getting more detailed shipping and handling costs, and will update this post when we receive it. We are also looking into logistics for international orders. Remember, be sure you can use an NTSC disc before ordering if you are outside North America.

The order process will rely on a secure online order form that will be available starting on Monday Dec. 1st. We will post a link to the order form as soon as it's online. The deadline for introductory pricing has been extended to Dec. 4th.

Please note that the fulfillment vendor only works in quantities of 1, 30, 50, and 100 units. You must order some multiple of these batch sizes. Sorry, no partial orders.

If you prefer to burn your own...

If you have a fast enough Internet connection to download the 3.85GB master file, you can burn your own DVDs using your home computer. Please visit the Distribute Crash Course DVDs page for more information. The BitTorrent download had not yet been set up at the time we went to press with this blog post. Expect it to be available by Dec. 1st.

We want to support those of you who have expressed a preference to burn your own discs, but we feel compelled to point out that the blank media, disc label, and ink will probably cost you more than it would cost to just buy the finished product from Christian. But that's your choice.

Ordering instructions for the NTSC disc:

The link to the order page will be posted here as soon as it's available (expected on Monday 12/1). We will also post a coupon code good only through 12/4/08 that will allow you to order at the dead cost price of $0.85/ea. plus shipping & handling. Regular prices shown above will apply starting on 12/5.

If you order before 12/4, the vendor expects to start shipping on 12/5/08.

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Erik T.'s picture
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Me first!

Christian:

I originally told you I'd buy 100, but at these prices, sign me up for 300 DVDs in plastic cases!

I'm not sure I can actually use that many (don't really have that many friends!), but I'll just donate what I don't use to the Martenson Brigade...

Erik Townsend in 33301

 

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Re: Now available: Crash Course on DVD!

Slick, guys! Nice cover.

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Me Second...

I'll take 100.

Jeff Borsuk in 92630.

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Re: Now available: Crash Course on DVD!

Ron will take 100 you got my data, since I am a paid subscriber. Hope this is all ya need let me know.

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Re: Me first!

I am AJ from the MIA. Put me down for 50.  33156.

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Re: Now available: Crash Course on DVD!

Ron,

Just to clarify, Christian's company is a separate entity, so you'll still need to send him all your shipping and billing info when he has a form available.

Your personal data as a paid subscriber is held in strict confidence, and Christian (our production partner) doesn't have access to it.

Thanks,

Erik

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

AW in 05354 - sign me up for 50, please.

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Branden Miller, 47802  Quantity: 30

 

As a sidenote, this page is taking forever to refresh (which must mean tons of people are trying to post)

Looks like great feedback so far. 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

thank you for this!... and cat in 23456 will take 50.

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

KenMez in 11746 is on the hook for 30.

 BTW nice job,worthy of a holiday gift, my kids ( 7 & 10) will find them in their stockings.

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Put GMB at 34212 down for 20.

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300 copies of the dvd, at the ask!

I'll take 300

My holiday card/letter alone will use up ~150-200.

I could have handed out 200 at the last green energy conference I spoke at in Springfield MA.  

The Korean public TV folks who are showing up here tomorrow to shoot a spot would have each gotten a copy. Call that 5 more.

The Rowe seminar folks would make that another 30-50.

So, yes, let's call that 300 for starters and probably many more later.

Thanks Erik and for making this happen!   And thank you to Christian and Brandon as well!

ChrisM in 01351

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Hi Christian,

Sign me up for 200 at the early bird price.

I only wish I had 'em for Thanksgiving...oh well, Christmakwazuka here I come!

 Ben R. in 01002

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

 Sounds good , put me down for 50 copies. That should be good for exponential information growth.

                                                                               let's all have nodebthere, Bob

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

 

i am wr and 74354 and i'll gladly take 30 in cases ,superb presentation hell uva job you are

good  i'm convinced   wish you guys the best.  It's so clear and concise

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

AW in 06890.   I want 100 of those bad boys!!!  load em up!

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Damon Apostalon at 97225 will take 50.

thanks!

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Hi there,

 This is Paul from Grass Valley, CA, 95945, I will gladly order 100 copies.  Thank you.

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

fbp @ 98541  I'll take a two hundred.    This is soooo cooool, can't wait.

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

"I am LKS in 96744 and I want to buy 30."

 Thanks! 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

GnadenAce from 44629  is in for 30.

 

Thanks to all at Chris's site and especially Chris for all his work. God bless you all.

 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Super, D Sherman Okst, will take 30 for starters, thank you

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Hi GMB,

Just to clarify, the minimum order is 30, not 20. The fulfillment vendor can only ship in their standard quantities...

Erik

 

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At 930 discs per HOUR, this seems popular...

So this blog post has been up for just under 2 hours now, and so far I count 1860 discs ordered, or 930 per hour.

Methinks the Crash Course is about to see exponential growth in terms of circulation.

Thanks everyone for your enthusiasm. I can't tell you how good it feels to us on the DVD team to see all these orders for hundreds of discs at a time come flooding in.

Keep 'em coming, folks! We're going viral and we're going viral big-time. Woo hoo!

Erik

 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

I want 30. Martin from Miami 33133

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I would like 30 disks.  RA from 63303

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

I am AZ at 90004, I want to buy 50.

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Cooper Kessel, Sonora CA 95370

Sign me up for 100 for starters.  Lets see if we can get orders up to 1000 per hr!

 

 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Robert Gardner in Florida 32244.

I'll take 300.  

 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

BN37 in Texas will take 30. Thanks for everything guys!

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Thanks for this body of work!  I am in for 100 with cases.  DP at 53208.

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Mark in NC 27103 for 30

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No brainer, I'll take 100.  Nice work on the price.

 GG in 92130. 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD! in Australia!!

I'm interested in the 'Aussie edition'  Around 30 would suit me to start.  Will we get them before chrissy?

Kel in Australia

PS The covers look great!  Well done.

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

I'll take 30, MH in CALI, 90505

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD! in Australia!!

Hi Kel,

Last I heard from Stewart in Brisbane, he was working with a local replicator to set something up on the PAL version. I don't know if we'll make that one in time for "chrissy", but it should be soon.

Erik

 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

Great work.

30 here, 48067.

 

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

I'll take 100.  JA in 87105

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BP in 63701  Quanitity 30

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EF,  #30, zip: 55410

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$.85 each? holy freakin' cow. well done guys. 

cjb @ 99801 will be takin' 30 to start with. (Maybe more once the updated shipping/fulfillment costs are posted...)

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

30 for me.

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 30. of the PAL (Pensioner with an ever reducing pension) and I am worried about postal costs from Australia to the UK.

It would be nice for you to produce PDFs of your artwork, inclouding a disk cover which we could stick directly onto didsk we have acquired by bittorrent.

This really would be a 21st century method. :-)

Ampers - N3 1NX  - UK

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

take 30 for H.S. class. DJL 98391, Wa. Thanks

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Great job, folks!  30 for CP.

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BE in 40201 (if you can ship USPS) or 40205 if it is UPS will take 50!

Thanks

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Please send me 30.  RK in 54748 WI.  Thanks

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

I want to order 100 DVD's

Henk

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Re: Now Available: Crash Course on DVD!

30 for ST in Canada.

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30 for BC in 55025.

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