Re: Record Store Day: The Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle
Apr 16, 2011, 20:33
That the RSD and label web sites give no indication of the dealer price or an RRP might mean that it is intended to be like a PBS "Pledge Drive" where you pay a premium for being a good consumer and a nice person and the money goes to fund the station. In other words it is a turn-over beano for the indie stores and one big marketing op for the record business as a whole. I doubt very much that the dealer prices reflect the prices you were paying. Would not surprise me if some of the exclusive product was charged at a token amount to cover manufacture and royalties only.
Might have been an idea if the record distribution business (major and indie) thought about all this before selling their asses to HMV and Virgin in the 90s while leaving the indie stores paying the best part of full dealer price for almost everything and on shitty payments terms t'boot. Fat lot of good that sell-out did them. I wonder how much the distributors lost when Tower and Virgin went under? I wonder how much HMV owe today? The leverage that big retail used against the record business did a lot more damage than is generally understood by people who always blame the labels first. Not that anyone is coming out of this looking like saints.