If Burda Magazine is going to continue featuring digital patterns for an additional price, why bother wasting printing space on the instructions. There are 20 patterns included in the magazine. There are 23 patterns’ worht of instructions which the subscribers do not have access to or own. By my reckoning that is over half the magazine that is content that subscribers are paying for which does nothing for us.

I mean, I don’t care for the fashion and make-up tips, but I realize other people may enjoy that. That’s a matter of personal preference. But printing a large amount of material with no benefit to consumers strikes me as a waste of resources. When you buy the pattern online you also recieve the instructions, so they are effectively being printed twice, once at the magazine’s cost, and once at the consumer’s cost. If the pattern instructions for paid downloadable designs weren’t included, wouln’t it be possible to print the included patterns on more pages to make it easier for consumers to trace?

if there are going to be fashion shoots of downloadable designs, then why not simply post “find online at (URL) for x amount.” This will make it obvious that these patterns are not free, as subscribers had been led to believe. I believe this choice in the spring issue of the US magazine is alienating a lot of consumers. When I compare my US magazines to my European magazines published at news stads, it’s a very glaring discrepancy. The European issues may cost a bit more in the US, but they have 10-20 more patterns and less fluff. I’m seriously considering canceling my US subscription if the content continues to be so frivolous. Missing

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    Apr 26, 2014, 04.12 PMby alvixen

    Thank you for this post! I was not aware that the patterns available as downloads were not included in the price of the magazine!! I’ve spent the better part of my morning trying to figure out if there was a code in the magazine that I was missing. What a bummer! One of the only patterns I want to try to make is “available as a download.” I agree that it’s a waste of space and energy to print those directions, especially if I’m going to have to pay to get the patterns. The cover says “plus 23 more to download.” Not to download at additional cost. I don’t have a subscription so I paid full price for the magazine thinking I was getting 43 patterns. $14.99 is a great price for 20 patterns but when you’re thinking you’re getting 23 more, it’s disappointing. I actually already purchased the fabric to make the dress. Having thoroughly read the sewing instructions, I was waiting to download the pattern when I could print it on a laser printer. Again, BUMMER!

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    May 4, 2014, 04.42 AMby emina

    I was also not aware that downloadable patterns need to be purchased separately. That was not the case with the winter issue even though by now that may have also changed. I have also spent a bit of time like alvixen trying to figure out how to download a pattern and purchase price kept popping up. It would be fair to let readers know that those patterns are to be purchased separately.

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    May 11, 2014, 10.13 PMby PiperP

    Agreed. I thought they were free with the magazine, it is not made clear at all!

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