Record Store Day
I have always looked forward to Record Store Day and I think the overall concept is a great idea. I love the fact that it gets people to visit their local independent record shop, and the best part for me personally is that it normally lands around my birthday.
However, I have a couple of problems with RSD. I won’t complain about the releases because for every obscure Eric Lau release there is a Justin Bieber release, everyone has their own taste.
What does piss me off is when the records appear on eBay within hours of being released which cannot be helped but at the very least this action should be looked into?
Here are two examples of issues that got my back up during this year’s Record Store Day.
We were spending the weekend in Tenby, Wales. I really wanted the two David Bowie releases which I was worried about not being able to get.
We travelled down on Friday so I thought I would check the internet to see if anything was available, and lo and behold, TVC15 and The Man Who Sold the World picture disks were available both at extortionate prices on Amazon and eBay.
The question is how? The people selling these records have to be the record shop owner or someone associated with them. They are getting the stock before general sale or am I wrong?
What are the people who organise RSD going to do about it? Both eBay and Amazon must be able to provide information. Find this out and ban them it’s as simple as that.
Saturday arrived, I woke up early. The nearest record shop was a sixty-mile round trip. I arrived and duly queued up and managed to buy myself a copy of TVC15 but not TMWSTW.
This is when my second problem occurred. I asked a member of staff, have you got TMWSTW?
“No, it sold out when we opened sorry.” He replied.
I was a little upset but no big deal. I started browsing through some of the other releases when I overheard two members of staff behind the counter chatting with each other.
“So what did you get? Assistant A to B.
“A few bits and the Bowie stuff, The man who sold the world blah blah..” Assistant B, replied.
“Are you keeping it?” Asked A.
“I’m not sure I might do.” Replied B.
I stopped browsing, looked up and there are around five copies of THWSTW behind the counter. I made a point of asking again, only to told that they had already been purchased.
How is it fair that the people who work in the shops get the first choice? Surely there have to be some rules about this.
Sorry for the long post but I needed to get it off my chest. I will try and contact the people who organise RSD and see what can be done.