I might have the "Best CD Deal EVAR!"
I think I mentioned before that BMG members got grandfathered into yourmusic.com, only without the insane requirement of $7 a month even if nothing's in stock. I kept the membership, as I figured there was no reason not to. Occasionally, I'd order something. Looks like less than once every six months, looking at the "My Account" page.
Back in February, they sent an e-mail about one of their periodic "all CDs $5.99" sales. This time, I ordered a few. All were shipped within a day but one. I got a temporary authorization on my credit card. I received the CDs in the mail. The authorization dropped off my credit card. I got the same CDs in the mail again a day or so later. This was confusing, to say the least. As it appeared they hadn't charged my card at all, so I didn't want to contact them and ask what was up. I logged in to see what the status was on the last CD. The order didn't appear in "My Account" at all.
A week later, I got the last CD (Kenny Wayne Shepherd) in the mail. Still, the order wasn't showing up at all. I got an e-mail finally, which was sent to all members, saying they'd messed up and sent some duplicate shipments in the past few weeks, and to keep them at no charge. I traded them with a friend. And was still never charged for anything.
About two weeks ago, I got an e-mail that all CD's were 30% off their normal $6.99 price. (Not sure why they didn't just say $4.89, but, eh.) This being far better than any deal they'd ever offered, I ordered a few more. I noticed a lot I'd had my eye on, particularly 2-disc sets, were gone. I ended up finding one Neil Young album I didn't have and a few greatest hits albums by folks I had nothing or very little by, like Joan Baez, Badfinger, Concrete Blonde, etc. I figured they looked they weren't long for the world, especially since the site said they weren't taking new memberships, and ordered seven in all. I got an e-mail less than 24 hours later saying they'd canceled Concrete Blonde, yet it still showed up on their website. This really looked like they were in trouble. They sent all but Badfinger (truthfully, the one I wanted the most, since, as is written in the Book of Proverbs, "Verily, whatsoever song thou dost think is Paul McCartney, but doth not be Paul McCartney, and doth not be the Beatles, yea, it doth be Badfinger"). A few days later, indeed, they sent a mass e-mail saying the company was shutting down as of 6/29/11.
I got the CDs yesterday. The temporary authorization this time dropped off two days ago. It looks like I've gotten more than ten CDs (and duplicate copies of several) for nothing.
I have no explanation why. I asked a friend of mine (the same one I gave the other CDs to) who's a member who also took advantage of the 30% off sale, and he was charged. At some point, someone fucked up my membership.
So I ordered an Elvis Costello compilation (about the only thing left there that I wanted) today for a lesser sale. I figure I may not get charged. If I do, $6 for a stack of CDs is pretty good. I might wait until they have stuff no one wants for 75% off or more and order some stuff that looks vaguely interesting. Maybe not.
I'd feel bad about it and contact them, but I know from experience dealing with their customer service department in the past that they're insanely incompetent, and they don't care, so I'd probably wind up never getting charged anyway (if the reps in India could even figure out what's going on).
I may or may not get Badfinger (which is backordered--at least they didn't cancel it immediately, so there might be some hope) or Elvis Costello (since the titles listed on their site seem to bear no resemblance to what they actually have). But, hey.
*--For behavior unbecoming anyone, perpetrated in real time over an extended--AH, FUCK IT! MORE MALIBU, BITCHES!!