Record Store Day is one of the most eagerly anticipated days in the musical calendar, and with good reason – it’s effectively a second Christmas for music geeks over the world. The day is usually nothing short of magical – with great records and wonderful shops, as well as the DJ sets, gigs and after-parties that keep the party going well into Sunday morning. So it’s no surprise that thousands of people queued up outside record shops on Saturday, with some hardy souls even deciding to put up with the whims of the weather and wait the entire night, just in order to get their hands on the limited releases. However, it’s not all smiles, glitter and rainbows of happiness - unscrupulous profiteering types who buy the limited records to sell on eBay are becoming just as much of a fixture of the day as the records themselves.
This kind of thing happens often in the music world, despite the best efforts of a variety of groups to stop it happening. Bands and ticket retailers have switched to e-tickets in an attempt to stop tickets changing hands at vastly inflated prices, and record labels have basically tried to stop the same thing happening in the digital world since the start of the millennium (often to disastrous effect). However, the very limited nature of the RSD records means the problem of the ‘black market’ is even worse. There might well be 50,000 tickets for a sold out gig, but a lot of these releases have come in batches as small as 500. And even though most shops have implemented very strict one-per-person policies, it hasn’t stopped the profiteers. For example, on Saturday morning; releases from the Arctic Monkeys The Sex Pistols and The Beatles were selling at massively inflated prices, despite most of them being sold for under a tenner in the shops.
The only solution would be simply to increase the number of limited edition records that are made available. Not so much that it would devalue the product, as the air of exclusivity is part of the RSD fun, after all. The nervous excitement that strikes as you finally reach the desk and hand over your list of chosen titles is almost comparable to the feeling you get the night before Christmas as a kid; and if you’ve managed to get everything you wanted, then you’ll be on a giddy consumer high all day. Of course, the flip side is that being told the record you’ve queued up since 6am for has sold out hurts almost as much as seeing Father Christmas selling your bike to a shifty bloke on the street corner because he couldn’t be fussed to drop it down the chimney. You wouldn’t wish that fate on your worst enemy!
But even by simply doubling the amount of product on the shelves the shops could have better chance at ensuring that true fans can get their hands on the music they want to buy, and severely damage the ‘black market’ trade in records on eBay. It might make you feel a little less special for having a one of a kind copy, but sharing the good vibes with other happy record buyers is even better.
Words & Thoughts of Joe Henthorn
^^ This ^^
It not only takes money out the pockets of the independent store owners hands, but ruins the day for everyone.
Theres no one way to solve the solution, but I’ve found most of the stuff I was looking for was either not there or just being sold for face value or hoping for a bidding war to break out. It still a shame when stuff goes up….
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