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Wednesday, December 26, 2007
This morning, I came across a website that has many links to deaf and hard of hearing people:

The website is owned by Matthew Moore who owns MSM Productions, Ltd., a multi-media company that produces Deaf Life magazine. Deaf Life magazine began in 1987 and has returned to full production after a haitus. One can order the complete set of Deaf Life magazines for $1,750.00!

Hmm...120 magazines in a 10 year period (1988 - 1998) = $14.58 each compared to current annual subscription price of $2.50 each ($30/year). Which means a markup of over 500% using today's cost. In 1988 subscription price may have been like $20 per year back then...dunno. But right now it's $30/year.

Though it said "11 sets are left" ( it hasn't changed since 2001 ( ).

Compare that to National Geographic's back issue prices for those after 1986 are charged $6 per magazine. For Deaflife, after 1988, it's $14.58 each.

I prefer National Geographic magazine. It's much more educational and entertaining to read.

December 26, 2007 at 2:52 PM  

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December 26, 2007 at 3:58 PM  

Dear Anonymous,

Please re-phrase your comment so that it can be allowed.

December 26, 2007 at 5:12 PM  


Have you ever read a single issue of Deaf Life?

I'm not suggesting Deaf Life is the best print publication in the world, deaf or mainstream (NG, People, SI, Time and many other heavies).

I think Deaf Life is one of the better if not the best truly independent deaf publication. Ever.

I think yellow journalism has no place in Deaf Life. That cannot be said for most independent Deaf publications that have existed in the past.

Many individuals and entities covered in past issues of Deaf Life are not part of the so-called Deaf Establishment that you passionately loathe. How's that just for starters? Some are your pals.

Have you browsed through collector items? Some locks of hair went for thousands, thousands and thousands dollars. The same goes for sports and entertainments trading cards. I collect many back issues of publications, deaf or not. I come across similar costs. This is old hat. I don't flinch at this.

You know markups 500%-1000% are always the norm for collector items. That's just a fact of life. You can't whine about this if you didn't subscribe in the first place. Have you given this a thought?

Personally, I know there are less than ten sets left of Deaf Life back issues. Do you even know how many sets there were in the very first place which was 1998, not 2001? You need to treat this proportionately. No need to nitpick here.

There are very easy ways to manipulate PDFs to point of duplicating ebooks without payments. Deaf people are not that dumb. Hint. Hint. Hint.

A certain known Deaf publication took this route and went to much trouble in regards to security. This was realized to no avail so they ceased this.

Finally, some folks are only interested in buying stuff on paper. To each his own. Alright? Peace.

It's silly trying to compare Deaf Life to National Geographic. What's next? Comparing Deaf Life to Penthouse? They have different demographics. What were you trying to pull here? Good try.

You might not be aware of this but Deaf Life is a community service endeavor within an extremely small company. MSM Productions, Ltd. isn't at all similar to DeafNation or huge Deaf corporations.

If you read carefully, Deaf Life is self-sustaining when it comes to financing. It's just a vehicle to advertise books by Deaf Life Press for example.

A reminder. Don't believe everything you read.

December 26, 2007 at 5:34 PM  

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