Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Record Store Day Has Been Ruined By Touts

What a shame:

Paul Weller has said that he won't be taking part in Record Store Day in the future after seeing his 2014 release sold online at vastly inflated prices.

Weller put out a one-off 7-inch, 'Flame Out', for this year's Record Store Day, which took place on Saturday (April 19). As with a majority of other releases this year, copies of the record appeared on eBay later that same day while other fans complained of the release being sold out as soon as record shops opened their doors.

Addressing the issue on his official website, Weller attacks the "touts" selling the limited edition Record Store Day releases and states that the online sale of records "goes against the whole philosophy" behind the annual event.

"I agree with all of you who have sent messages expressing your anger and disappointment at the exploitation of these "limited editions" by touts," Weller writes. "Apart from making the record, the rest has very little to do with me but I am disheartened by the whole thing and unfortunately I won't be taking part in Record Store Day again."

These are the same people who are selling Kate Bush tickets online at vastly inflated prices as well. It is the responsibility of the sellers--the actual record stores being helped by the releases put out by artists like Paul Weller--to limit sales and make certain that they are not sold off before the shop opens. The very people who need actual sales to actual fans on a regular basis are undercutting that reality through their own greed and stupidity. And we know how it goes--the records are sold beforehand and posted so as to maximize profits and the people who actually go into the actual record store are left empty handed.

How hard is it to not ruin something good?

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