I’m not really sure where to cast my vote here, I bought this with limited ‘hesitation’ but took the plunge and went for it more so more because of its exclusivity. I wouldn’t go as far to say that I ‘love it’, neither did I buy it just because I am a already a ‘DF Member’ (which I am). My understanding is that existing memberships are still valid so presumably if you are buying this as an existing member it’s solely because you want the more recent merchandise/membership pack – you obviously don’t have to buy it just because you are a ‘DF Member’.
For me, it’s just about the love for AFI and my constant obsession with building my collection, less so about anything to do with the DF or the benefits that may then come on the back of any membership. As many others have eluded to on the other thread - I’m not really sure what benefits I, as a fan based in the UK, will even see by being a DF member when they don’t play over here for 7 years then all we get are 3 shows supporting Deftones and an equally short set at Download Festival. None of which appeared to have any exclusive DF perks.
I personally think the latest pack is alright, its nothing special and in my opinion there are better things on offer and better designs etc. in the conventional website’s store. The hat looks awful, I’m undecided about the shirt but I quite like the flag. I was just keen to get the new DF Membership Card as I missed out on the bundles it came with on the release of the Blood Album. I was channelling all my efforts at the time towards getting the 4 different coloured vinyl’s, I didn’t realise then that the card wouldn’t be available after that, until now.
That said, what with the discount code and free postage to the UK it was a bit of a no brainer!