Getting The Most CD's For Your $$$
- The Golden Rule
Join, Fulfill, Quit, Repeat. Do not use their so-called
"special member deals", like buy-one-at-half-price.
Want more CD's? Quit and rejoin!
BMG has a one membership, per person, per year restriction. As the
restriction is per person, per year, each person at an address
should be able to have one membership per year. One suggestion:
while a member, use the 'join a friend' offer to sign someone else
up at the same address. The current member, after fulfilling the
membership, quits and uses the 'friend's' membership. Repeat.
Please keep in mind the above BMG membership restriction when
reading the next two paragraphs.
+ The stated policy of BMG and CH/CDHQ/PLAY is that they reserve the
right to refuse any application. I have been a member of BMG and CH
many times, a member of CDHQ once, had a CDx membership converted to
BMG, and had my old CH and CDHQ memberships converted to PLAY
memberships. As the clubs usually offer preferred memberships to
members who have quit or allow past members to rejoin on their own,
the clubs' policy evidently is to allow former members in good
standing to join, fulfill, quit (repeat) at will.
After quitting, the club might ask you to rejoin by mail and/or by
phone. Be forewarned: the offers to return may not be the best
offers then available from the clubs.
- + Wait for a 'buy 1, get 2 free' offer or
even a 'buy 1, get 3 free' offer (BMG only) to fulfill the membership
This should happen within the first six months of membership.
In each 'buy 1, get X free' offer, the 'free' selections must be of
equal or lesser value than the purchased selection. If a CD of
greater value is chosen as a free selection, the club will designate
it as the purchased CD - and bill you for the higher amount - and
designate the other CDs in the offer as the free selections.
- + In the past, the clubs have come out
with their best offers around the New Year.
This has not held true the past couple of years.
- + When joining a club, considering joining
as a friend of a current member.
This usually results in a better deal when joining BMG and
might result in a better deal when joining CH, CDHQ or PLAY. It is
important to compare the current new member offers to the current
'join a friend' offers. If the new member offer only requires the
purchase of 1 CD at full price to fulfill the membership purchase
requirement and the 'join a friend' offer requires the purchase of 6
CDs at full price to fulfill the membership purchase requirement, do
not use the 'join a friend' offer.
+ BMG calls their 'join a friend' offer "Member-Get-A-Member". BMG's
standard 'join a friend' offer is '12 CDs for the price of 1 CD,
nothing more to buy' for the joining member and 4 free CDs for the
sponsoring member. This is a good deal for the joining member if
the sponsoring member is willing to 'give' at least one of his/her
free CDs to the joining member. BMG's best 'join a friend' offer is
'12 CDs for the price of 1 CD, nothing more to buy' to the joining
member and 5 free CDs to the existing member (catalog n/94/O). This
is a good deal for the joining member if the sponsoring member is
willing to 'give' at least one of his/her free CDs to the joining
+ The 'join a friend' offers from CH/CDHQ/PLAY usually require the
purchase of 6 CDs at full price to fulfill the membership purchase
requirement. When these clubs are advertising new member offers
that only require the purchase of 1 CD at full price to fulfill the
membership purchase requirement, the 'join a friend' offers from
these clubs are NOT recommended.
- + If you can map out all the CD selections
required to fulfill the membership when joining, you can save a couple
of dollars by choosing the more expensive CDs as the free selections
and the less expensive CDs as the purchase/fulfillment selections.
CDs that fulfill the membership purchase requirements are regular
priced CDs over $12.98 for CH, CDHQ and PLAY; and over $14.98 for BMG.
- As all the clubs allow more than one
membership per address, each spouse, sibling, roommate, etc., can
have his/her own membership.
BMG allows up to five memberships under different names per address.
- Getting good deals on multiple-CD sets.
BMG allows most multiple-CD sets as free or sale selections:
introductory, buy-1-get-X-free, 60% off, etc. The searchable
catalog at BMG's web site has most multiple-CD sets marked as
"unavailable as free selection". In contrast, the printed paper
catalogs have almost every multiple-CD set of 5 CDs and less
unmarked (and thus available as free or bonus selections). My
advice: follow the more generous printed catalogs markings and
join/order via US Mail.
+ CH/CDHQ/PLAY only allow some two-CD sets as free or sale selections.
For introductory offers, place the selection number of the N-CD set
in one of the entry blocks and leave (N-1) of the entries blank.
For example, ordering a three-CD set would require leaving two
selection entry boxes blank.
In non-introductory offers, multiple-CD sets are treated similarly
to single CD titles: the free or discounted CD sets must be of
equal or lesser value than the purchased CD set. For example, in
the 'buy 1 CD, get unlimited CDs at 80% off' offer, the most
expensive CD or CD set in the order will be designated by the club
as the "purchased" selection and charged at full price
regardless of the selection's position on the order form.