And now an important message from Jester's evil twin, Garth. The opinions of Garth are not the opinions of Jester (unless they are).
CCP has announced with some fanfare that the new EVE Source book is available in two editions: the book itself, and a much more refined Limited Edition suitable to persons of taste and distinction such as myself. Availing myself of this offer, I proceeded to the EVE Store only to find that to some parts of the United States, Musterbrand has chosen to charge $32 U.S. for shipping of this item.
To this I say: Fuck Musterbrand. Fuck them directly in their collective asshole.
Oh my! In my haste to express my disdain I seem to have stumbled into the coarse vernacular of the common unwashed. Pray forgive me and allow me to rephrase. In the charming and much more gentle words of the poet Kevin Smith, screw Musterbrand in an uncomfortable place.
My dissatisfaction with the EVE Store generally and with Musterbrand specifically has been increasing since they were announced as the operators of the store with great enthusiasm at the last Fanfest. The selection was initially limited but we were informed it would be greatly expanded in the weeks and months to follow. And for months we have waited. And for months the selection has not been increased despite the fact that additional products are available. As it stands today, you cannot buy so much as a fucking mouse pad, coffee cup, or ball-point pen with the EVE logo on it.
This insult, however, is the final straw. $32 for shipping of a book is not just excessive but is outright robbery. I point it out less because of the mundane counting of pennies but simply to point out that one can buy the entire EVE Source book -- granted, without the Limited Edition extras -- for less than Musterbrand is charging for fucking shipping alone to some locations.
Dissatisfaction with the EVE Store has caused the entrepreneurial among you to produce your own EVE-branded products for which CCP and Musterbrand receive no revenue. And far be it from me, as a true paragon of evil, to deny you your hobbies. But perhaps this situation is not ideal and should not be the only recourse available for those who merely want an EVE-branded t-shirt, hm?
Let us hope that at Fanfest this year, CCP announces that the EVE Store will be removed from Musterbrand's hands with equal enthusiasm to the announcement at which it was placed into them. That would truly be something worth celebrating.
The preceding has been an important message from Jester's evil twin, Garth. The management apologizes to any and all whom Garth may have offended. Garth has been known in the past to put an overly large importance on mere money.