i ordered a box set in the sale on boxing day, within a week i received an email saying sorry but we are having difficulty stocking more of these box sets.
o.k. order cancelled, so went and ordered from splash, great even cheaper.
now 3 months later my bank account is charged for this boxset, and when i phoned them they told me that they do not cancel the orders, they are left on the the system for 6 months and are processed when stock has been made available.
was never mentioned in email back in december, and impression passed from email was that the order was canceled.
The £17.99 is probably for the new collector edition although as far as a can tell from Play.com the special features on it are identical to the version I brought back in 1999, just a new package design.
They sold out of the £3.99 versions at my local HMV the first week of the sale. They do have some at £19.99, and some at £12.99 though - I asked the guy behind the counter and he said that the £12.99 ones were identical to the £3.99 ones, but they were not allowed to sell them for £3.99 because of their quota system! (ie they were only allowed to sell a certain percentage of them at sale price)