My store manager (while I may not like him because you have to book paint stations, and there is no instore gaming unless there is an event or you have booked) is very open about a lot of GW practices, from what I've heard it's even got mor expensive for staff too, apparently the old staff discount used to literally the amount of plastic that was used, so it was dirt cheap like a Tau battlesuit was 32p or something ridiculous, now it is just 50% because resin is cheaper than plastic.
I remember the early days of apocalypse when you used to get 3 monoliths for £60, now they are like £50 each. Now I see why they would do things like make hardback codicies as it is better 'quality' but certainly not an extra £10 more. Same goes for the models, while the newest ones seem to look really good (with the obvious exceptions *cough*mutilators*cough*. I actually prefer paperback because it is a lot easier to flick through for a quick rules reference.
Another way they have tried to appear to add 'quality' is with WD. A few years ago WD was good and about £3.50, it then went down hill a lot and now they have revamped it with 'better paper' and made it £5.50 and all they have done is make similar to before (maybe better I don't know), but tried to make it look like they have more content by having practically a double page if not more for each new release.
I've now found myself going to other companies such as wayland, for discount GW stuff and ebay if it is something I'm not bothered about already painted/war beaten.
back to the OP, I am certainly very curious to see GW's reply could you possibly tell us - if they actually reply at all.
Sorry to gripe but it would seem I'm not the only one who has had enough. However it would interesting to see how many people would return to GW if they dropped the prices, I would certainly buy more direct and more often as I won't need to wait for birthdays/ Xmas to buy anything.
Me: To be honest im amazed there isn't a chaos god of not revising or at least chaos god of procrastination
MidnightSun: There will be, when enough people do it. Y'know when the Eldar were all engaging in their hedonism and Slaanesh ripped open the Eye of Terror with his creation? Slaanesh will have NOTHING on the God of Procrastination, and his vile minions will carve the galaxy asunder in a thousand year reign of blood.... Tomorrow