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Ashley Winchester Feb 11, 2017

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.

GoldfishX Feb 11, 2017

If nothing else, I always appreciate the browsing experience of stores like FYE and even Walmart or Target (for newer stuffs). I mean, I do my serious CD shopping on ebay and if no luck there, the Amazon marketplace (and prior to that, Gohastings, before they finally packed it in), but the experience of BEING THERE and flipping through the physical albums can't be duplicated. Finding something to buy is almost a bonus. It's an experience that almost an entire generation will probably see as a novelty, whereas for some of us, it's a way of life.

When i picked up the new Metallica album earlier this year, I was standing in line talking a lady in her 50's and she was telling me about seeing them in concert in the 80's. It was just a cool little experience that wouldn't have happened if I had just downloaded or ordered the CD through Amazon.

But on the flipside...jacking the price up in this environment (where you are essentially competing with the online marketplaces) is a no-no. $20 for a CD is going to turn more people away than it is going to generate profit.

Ashley Winchester Feb 11, 2017

GoldfishX wrote:

but the experience of BEING THERE and flipping through the physical albums can't be duplicated.

I won't or can't deny that. All I can say is I wish is I lived near a record store that had a selection that was more aligned with my pallet. For example the two years I lived in Pittsburgh I thought Edie's Entertainment in the strip district was amazing, i just didn't have the money to really relish in their selection at the time being in school and all.

The_Paladin Feb 12, 2017

Well, if you want the experience of looking through albums at a fraction of the cost, checking out Goodwill stores might pay off.  Yeah, a lot of what ends up there are albums nobody wants, but it's pretty fun finding something worthwhile every now and then.  A couple weeks ago I paid $1 for 3 CDs, and earlier today I saw a few quality albums I already had like Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York.  I'm not sure where you are, but guessing you're not near a major city...

Ashley Winchester Feb 12, 2017

The_Paladin wrote:

Well, if you want the experience of looking through albums at a fraction of the cost, checking out Goodwill stores might pay off.  Yeah, a lot of what ends up there are albums nobody wants, but it's pretty fun finding something worthwhile every now and then.  A couple weeks ago I paid $1 for 3 CDs, and earlier today I saw a few quality albums I already had like Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York.  I'm not sure where you are, but guessing you're not near a major city...

It's funny you mention Goodwill. I do check out Goodwill where I live, I just never find anything good. However, on the flip side I often put the cheaper CD's I no longer want in Goodwill. Getting a measly fifty cents to a dollar for an album f.y.e. will sell for $9 disinterests me so I put it in Goodwill.

That said, when I have CDs I don't want anymore I've tried and get into contact with Goldfish since we have similar tastes, but I honestly don't have any way to contact him since he doesn't allow e-mails through the forum - I lost his e-mail address ages ago. Hell, I can't remember the last time I sent him something - it's been years. I'm not particularly worried about making money off the albums I let go, so if he wanted them to check them out I wouldn't mind sending them his way.

Since he's responding to this thread, if he's interested he can send me an e-mail through the forums. I have a decent amount of discs I want to let go of. There's even few Japanese imports in there.

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