New VAT Rules Affect Battlegames and This Site

Not a very wargamey update, I’m afraid, but important news nonetheless.

On January 1st 2015, the EU is introducing a change in VAT rules that will affect the sale of all digital goods and services, including PDFs, ebooks, music downloads, online courses and so on. The changes will also include draconian data collection and administration burdens that are simply insupportable for a one-man-band micro-business such as mine. I have consulted with others and have been wracking my brain to find a practical work-around, but as things stand, the new rules mean I simply can no longer sell digital products from this site after December 31st.

Consequently, I shall be selling all my digital offerings from either Wargame Vault, or larger works from well-known outlets like Amazon or the iTunes store. I shall post links here in due course before the end of the year.

Naturally, this means a significant cut in income, as portal sites like WV quite naturally take a cut of the cover price, but I have decided to keep the price of the old magazines unchanged. Any new products I produce will be priced in relation to the new situation.

Thank you for all the support you have shown me by buying products from this blog for so many years, and I hope you understand that this change has been forced upon me – and tens of thousands of other micro-businesses – by powers completely beyond our control.

If you would like to read more about the VAT changes, then look here. And if you would like to kick up a fuss about this ludicrous situation along with the rest of us, there’s an online petition here.

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