So I recently got an email from Burda Style about a new “Pattern Collection Kit,” which is essentially a set of patterns from a magazine section sold as a bundle of downloads. The most recent email contained some of the fantastic patterns from the 2013 March issue.
|My email looked a bit like this…|
Normally I ignore when Burda is trying to sell me pattern downloads (since I get stuff from the magazine subscriptions), but I was interested to see what a “Pattern Collection Kit” was (and, yes, I know these have been coming for a while, I just haven’t been paying attention). Looking at the price for the kit ($24.99), you actually get a substantial savings when compared to buying the patterns individually ($5.99 each, or $65.89 for 11 patterns), but I was thinking about it, and I realize I pay less than $10 for the entire magazine. And I actually get to enjoy the pictures in the magazine in addition to having all the patterns and instructions. I mean, I can understand that postage isn’t the same for everyone, and I know some people can’t stand the tracing, but for my money, the printed magazine is where it is at. Even if I get a lot of boring/weird/children’s patterns, I am still paying less for the patterns I do want, and I often find I use patterns I initially dismissed and would never have bought had they not been included in the magazine. I mean, I do think it is good that Burda has the patterns available as a download option (especially for people who may have missed out on a particular issue), but I just can’t see the economic sense in buying download pattern over the full magazine subscription.
What do you all think? Does it make more sense to buy just a few patterns from Burda on an individual basis? Or wait for these pattern bundles? Or should you just go with the magazine subscription, even if every month’s patterns are something of a crap-shoot as far as usefulness and cleaver designs go? What are you pattern preferences and why? Feel free to discuss in the comments!