No, it is not a rip-off. The difference between versions may be subtle. People who are not audio professionals (or who do not have sensitive ears or sensitive playback equipment) may not hear much of a change (although the change is there, is evident for trained ears and is effective). As audio professionals, we are trained to hear things that most other people can not hear (but which ultimately make the difference between GOOD audio and BAD audio). Once again, the Restoration Versions are offered as an accommodation, not as a source of arguments, disputes and requests for free rework. Only individuals who understand and agree with our terms and conditions should order.
"CVC Productions: Thank you very much for the rapid service and excellent work in restoration of my January 16, 1949 Wilcox-Gay Corporation Coin Recordio-Gram and transcribing it to a current CD version. I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I was to hear the very clear speaking and singing voice of my then 16 year old but now deceased wife. ..."