It's kind of annoying reading Dragonsfoot, especially the thread about the 1e reprint announcement. For years, these guys have been saying 1e is the best and everyone else is wrong. Now, with WotC going to republish the main three rulebooks, a number of the same damn people are complaining about it.
They say the books are too expensive (when they are actually cheaper thanks to inflation). Seriously, the PHB and MM will be just a little cheaper than they were in 1980, after inflation. The DMG will be an even bigger deal.
They also say this is dumb because people can buy used copies on eBay really cheap. Yes, you can. Good luck getting kids into the game that way. Also, good luck waiting weeks or months for a good copy to fall into your hands. I know I bought a "Very Good to Near Mint" copy of the 1e DMG last year. When it showed up, it had orange fuzz growing on the back cover and all the pages are yellowed by age.
Their next big complaint is that WotC is just using this to "destroy the OSR". Really? What kind of conspiracy website do you run when you're not gaming?
They also say WotC is just doing this to appease older gamers and get them to check out 5e. NO SHIT! I mean, seriously. WotC is a corporation. They want their older customers back so they can sell them new 5e books. Why is this bad?
By the way, Gary Gygax was something of a bastard in the way he ran TSR. He also really wanted your money, and happily sued several companies who dared to print AD&D compatible products, because they were taking sales away from TSR. It's called business, dummy.
Lastly, they say WotC should make zero profit from these books and all the money should go to the Gygax Memorial Fund. Also fucking lame. Even if they only give $1 for each book sold to the fund, it will likely be enough to pay for the statue (assuming WotC prints and sells as many books as I think they can). They are NOT a charity or a non-profit organization. They are doing this as a thank you to Gary, and as an olive branch to bitchy old gamers who only want to complain and don't actually care about the future of the hobby.