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Kaitlinnegan
« on: January 07, 2009 05:44:37 PM »

I was just curious if anyone here had gotten the announcement in the newsletter that BurdaStyle is now going to start charging for most of their patterns in order to make the business more "sustainable" (profitable).  User submitted patterns will still be free, but even patterns that used to be free are now available for purchase.  From what I can tell, prices are around $3-5.

I know some people are pretty upset about this - are you? 

I'm not really, but I have a lot of other sources for patterns (including $1 pattern sales and 10 cent thrift store patterns), and I can afford to pay the new fees.  If I see something I really like on BurdaStyle, I would still buy it and make it.  This seems like it might be a bit of a transition for BurdaStyle - expectations about the quality of the patterns, instructions, and customer service will be increased.  It will be interesting to see how the site and patterns change in response. 

Anyway, I'm interested to hear what others think.   Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009 05:51:37 PM »

I'm glad I saved and downloaded some of my favorites. I think they had a really good thing going, but that is the way the economy goes. User patterns should stay free if the user chooses and maybe they could still release a free pattern every week or so.
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« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009 08:05:32 PM »

Aw man!  There are a few I wish I had saved.  But, I haven't used them before, so I'm not really too upset.  It really is a shame though Sad  And like you said, with all the sales the other pattern companies have, I wouldn't really bother.
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2009 11:01:37 AM »

maybe they could still release a free pattern every week or so.

Unfortunately, I don't think that is going to happen.  They only ever released new patterns once a week anyway, and they now say that there will be a "few" free patterns released for "basics and accessories."  So - maybe a headband pattern will be free.   Tongue

I do feel bad that some young people with no source of income (and perhaps a significant portion of BurdaStyle's membership) might not be able to afford to buy the patterns now.  It seems like maybe they could give some kind of student discount - but I suppose it would be difficult to verify people's student status or age.  Hmm...   Undecided
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nirauan
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2009 12:43:27 PM »

im fairly upset about this as i've just signed up to wardrobe refashion for 6 months ( - no new clothes for 6 months!) now i have no source of patterns as the ones in my local shop are too expensive, usually about 6-7, which i cant afford. I know the patterns are still resonably cheap but when you add the cost of ink, printer paper, taping all the pages together, then cutting out, it seems fairly labour intensive especially when the website is full of bugs and the pattern instructions are of such variable quality. The thing that most hacked me off was the lack of notice, why not charge for patterns from 09 onward and leave the old ones free.

sigh, apologies for the typos, im on a laptop and my nails are scary long
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stelloun
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2009 04:24:52 PM »

I am upsetted!!!  it looks like it was free in the beginning and now that they have "customers" they start charging! Its crazy I m so disapointed, lets exchange the ones we have saved  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009 07:47:01 PM »

That's too bad.  Most of their free patterns were pretty basic, making them ideal for learning to alter and get creative with them.  I wonder if they'll see a sharp dropoff among the younger "designers-in-training" using their freebie patterns to design and upload photos their own creations.  I really enjoyed that.  They were really quite inspiring and I'll miss them if they stop.

FWIW, I have some of them saved and I'm sure others do.  Not to be subversive or anything, but I'm sure there'll be a lot of sympathetic sharing going on. 
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nirauan
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2009 06:33:58 AM »

i deleted my saved pattens last weekend before i knew about this (grr) some of them are still avaible for free on the german website and on craftzine.com
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2009 10:21:03 AM »

lets exchange the ones we have saved  Wink

Lots of us, me included, have done that already. Wink I really don't mind sharing the ones I have, seeing how they've treated their loyal users as free advertising and now take a turn like this. I don't think there'll be much touble getting any of the previously free patterns from other members.

Today they've removed the charge from the patterns that are free on the german burdamode site, with the exception of Nichola.
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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2009 11:53:55 AM »

I'm very sad about this, because they were not too long ago promoting their free patterns at MakerFaire as part of the Open Source/DIY movement.  I guess we'll just have to make our own patterns and share them, damn it!   Angry

I never used their patterns but I was happy they offered them free, because I support the Sharing Economy.


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