1. I'd like to apologize to you for posting my grievance on the board rather than emailing you. I only discovered that the CD was being issued by Tim as well once you were on holiday and first, I wanted to be sure it wasn't just me who misinterpreted this (which it wasn't) and second, I also knew you'd return to a thousand emails and didn't want my rant to be among them.
2. It appears that I'm not the only one who mistook this for a fan club only release so, while I accept your comment that fan club only releases are ALWAYS listed as such, if I'm not the only one who misunderstood, I'd respectfully ask if you could make it more explicit in future?
3. I think you misunderstood my comment about a private pressing. I didn't say that a private pressing of 50 copies was made; I said that the release was a private one (no record company involvement as far as I can see: no label, no catalogue number etc) and that the fan club were given 50 (I think it was actually 100) copies. The combination of it not being an "official" release that you can buy in the shops, it being a CD of Rarities and there being only 100 for the fan club led me to assume it was a fan club only. As you say though, you never said it was.
I'm happy to have bought the item through the club because I know you need as much support to keep it going as possible (and I make complaints with a very heavy heart). I'm always happy and keen to support the club and will continue to do so.
Finally, I accept that the cost issue isn't your fault. I wasn't even looking to lay blame anywhere. I just wanted to express disappointment at the (much) higher cost (you'd hope that the fan club - being in the unique position it is - would be able to offer discounts on this kind of stuff (!) but obviously you're not able to do that) and wondered if anyone else felt the same.
No hard feelings, Gryph, and - as I say - no criticism is attached to you.