I'd also like to add that I've always thought that the whole 'likes' thing on Facebook/Twitter is incredibly facile. Can it ever be a credible gauge of opinion?
It's not. It's easy to just click 'like' and I wouldn't take it as a marketing tool. Fish may have been a little naive to have done so but understandably - Facebook is a massive phenomenom & it's a good medium to gauge whether you're liked or popular. But it's not really the best way to advertise. Having said that, he's had nearly 300 responses to his 'honest' (Taurean) and direct post and I think a few more sales will come of it, because many people didn't even know the DVD existed.
However, liking his page doesn't necessarily mean you see all his posts, particularly if you work Facebook from a tablet or an I-phone rather than a laptop as not all posts appear in newsfeeds.
It's also highlighted barriers in other countries to obtaining his material, which he may not have realised were there.
To my mind, marketing is the big issue here. And the fact that it's a DVD - people, me included, just can't be arsed with DVDs for music. There's far too many other mediums out there that offer better ways to listen/watch. I have watched the Derby disc again (though I have to admit I still can't force myself to watch the 'at home' DVD again) and it's really good because you get the whole physical presence thing that you don't get on a CD. That said, I'd still go for CDs or downloads/You Tube playlists because I don't normally need to 'see' as I have a vivid imagination and can visualise because I've seen the man live. So the 'seeing' comes from memories in my head.
I will always buy rather than get something free, particularly with an artist like Fish who relies on sales, because I want things to 'keep'. But I don't even buy as many CDs as I used to because they take up too much space in the house (nearly a 1000 CDs in a small house and it's becoming a joke) but even downloads are just mine - accessible only to me on my computer/tablet/phone.
I bought the DVD not long after Leamington because I wanted its physicality as a keepsake.
It's also true that the state of the economy is affecting many. I (hope) this won't ever affect me to the tune of £25 but, in hindsight, I admit I wouldn't have bought this DVD just for the Derby performance. I think it should have been 2 gigs from the acoustic tour. A DVD should have some physicality in it to make it viable and the 'home' gig just didn't cut it for me.
I don't think it was adequately, or appropriately, marketed. Even I, as a member of the forum didn't really pay much attention to it. It was on sale in Leamington, but only if you were actually looking for it. I wasn't. It was only after having a nosey in the Fish shop looking for a teeshirt (that I would never normally do as I don't do teeshirts - and incidentally didn't find) that I came across it.
I think it's good Fish put out this post both on here (though he probably won't pay as much attention on here as is not a regular) and on Facebook. We never stop learning and I think it's good that he shows he's still human. So I respect that. As an artist, who doesn't take himself for granted, but wears his heart on his sleeve, it's good that he feels comfortable enough with his fan base to be able to ask the question.
Fish, you are not a businessman! Get that sorted!