Took a shopping trip to the Newbury Comics in North Attleboro, MA on Tuesday. Tuesday is “new release” day for CDs and DVDs, so I wasn’t passing up on the Edguy CD for $9.99. There weren’t many new releases to pick up (I usually buy them thru online retailers) so I checked out the used bins for some deals…..
…..and there weren’t many…..
Queen – Queen II (1974/1991, Hollywood Records) – $9.99
I’m in the process of filling in some holes in my Queen collection. I have all the albums on cassettes and vinyl so I’ve been holding off on grabbing the CDs. 10 bucks for a used CD is usually too rich for my wallet but the new/sealed copy in the “Queen” section was $16. Save $6? Sure! At least the copy I grabbed was scratch-free and the inserts were pristine.
As I was ravaging the racks, I noticed that some newer Metal releases were already marked “used”: the new Lullacry, Nocturnal Rites, In Flames, and Sepultura. These are new releases from the last month so I asked a clerk what was the deal. I found out that many people will buy the CD at the sale price, upload it to their computer/MP3 player, and then return the CD for a few bucks in store credit or cash. Then they repeat the cycle.
As a collector, this has never crossed my mind. Why go thru the trouble of buying a CD, ripping it and returning it for a third of the purchase price? Now “New Release Tuesday” creates “Used Bin Wednesday”. Next week’s scavenger hunt just got more promising…..