As most of us know online shopping has become a common part of our lives, both online and offline. However, I don't think I ever really contemplated this to the degree I did today when I was at f.y.e. at the local mall.
Before I get started I just want to state that I'm not going to say anything particularly original in this post. Almost all of it's going to be "no shit" stuff, but I think the realization I had is the important thing.
Recently I did buy a few albums from f.y.e. I mainly buy older, classic albums out of the $5 and $7 bins and avoid anything in the main bins where albums usually reach the $15 to $19.99 range. There really is no secret to why I avoid the latter because anyone with a brain that's not impatient can get better prices elsewhere.
Anyway, I bought a copy of Counting Crows: August and Everything After for $6 and went to pay for it. The guy behind the counter asked me some questions and I was like "most of the stuff I'm looking for on disc is older, out of print, and more popular in European countries." Then he said they can get stuff in if you request it and I kind of had a brain fart.
Well, it wasn't so much a brain fart, it was a realization that while I appreciated the offer, this option really had no legs to stand on. I'm sorry, but the internet has pretty much made this option obsolete.
Yes, I wouldn't have to pay S&H, but that's the only positive I see here. And with how much f.y.e. charges for used items (I think the prices on many of their used items is ridiculously high - which is probably on purpose to not detract from the new) everything would probably equal out in the end anyway. If I order a CD on the internet it comes to my post office, 1/4 of a mile way. If I ordered a CD at this store that's a twenty mile trip each way. That'll add up if I order a few albums as I do every two weeks.
Futhermore, this may sound silly, but I honestly don't mind paying the shipping from most European sellers. I'm going to take a swipe at the USPS here, but again the shipping cost from most EU countries is fine IMO; it's the shipping from the US to anywhere else that's the damn problem. Hell, I've sold things to people in the EU and refuse to charge them the full cost because I think it's insane.
Anyway, nothing anyone didn't already know, but I was kind of amazed how quickly I took that offer (information) in and realized that brick and mortar's don't really have a leg to stand on in this particular case. Again, I know people are surprised that record stores are still even a thing (I am as well given what f.y.e thinks CDs are still worth) but surely with many of the book store chains folding record stores have to be the next domino to fall.
Finally, I would like to say while I am glad that an ***acquaintance*** of mine has a job working there (well, I'm just glad he has a job period), I can't lie to myself and say that the store really adds anything of value to our pathetic idea of a mall out here. If it ever folded (which is possible given every time I read something about the parent company's financials online it's not good) nothing would change.