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Edited Jan 05, 2008, 12:30
Fun With Music Retail
Jan 05, 2008, 12:23
When Fopp went down a lot of small labels got royally fucked over when their distributors' insurance ceased to cover them for payments on which the Fopp management had defaulted.

Like Virgin before them Fopp had been going for many months without paying some of their suppliers while marketing themselves as the paragons of a fan and musician friendly record chain. Ho ho ho.

Lo and behold Fopp go under and and the remaining stock, having been "purchased" for a fraction of its value and to little or no beneft to the labels or artists concerned, miraculously ends up back in the UK market at a fraction of their regular retail price.

The end result being that said labels not only don't get paid for their records but are competing with a heavily discounted 'fire sale' courtesy of HMV and their feral friends.

Rather than taking advantage of such offers it is tempting to consider downloading these records for free and then buying a piece of merch from the artist's web site instead!

And they say downloading is killing the industry ....

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