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 Posted:   Apr 3, 2021 - 8:03 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

But hell, CDs today are cheap - much cheaper. I remember the average price for a VSD album in my home town was about $30CAD new. Nowadays the most a mainstream new release sells for is about $15-20 max. The mainstream VSD releases are also much cheaper. Buying a club release now is about a similar cost to what I paid back in the 90s for a new one.

That's not the reality I live in. It's true that full price CDs in stores are more or less the same now as 20 years ago (perhaps a 10-20% increase), but there are fewer bargains to be found. And the selection is much poorer.

Be aware that I'm primarily talking about the secondary market here. Just 10 or 15 years ago, I could easily find CDs I wanted for about a fiver (plus shipping, which was much lower then). These days, they're at least tripled in price. If I can even find them.

I realize this is a different topic that is perhaps better suited to its own thread, but I find it a huge mystery that CDs never got the "let's dump them for nothing" attitude when they went out of fashion, the way LPs did in the 90s. Quite the contrary, they've INCREASED in price on the secondary market.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2021 - 9:10 AM   
 By:   jkannry   (Member)

HMV Records Fifth Avenue And Sam Goody on 61st and third. Tower Records 86th Street Loved browsing HMV. Always would find some new compilation or album, often imported, that I never would’ve seen or heard of had I not been browsing. They had a really big robust section it was also near classical and interestingly it was in the basement. But very well lit and big basement. Sam Goody was also for browsing.

All the others were great places ago when you wanted to grab some thing that was fast going out of stock. Like the chapter 3 CDs. That’s how I completed my collection.

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2021 - 11:03 AM   
 By:   Peter Atterberg   (Member)

So I started my soundtrack collection at a Borders right by house in 2007-2008. They had a small soundtrack section but what they did have I loved. Almost all of the Lukas Kendall James Bond 2003 remasters/expansions. My Dad gave me two dollars for school lunch money each day. I would skip lunch and save the money. At the end of the week I’d have enough to buy a new Bond soundtrack. I continued this until I had acquired each one they had. One of the workers there had gotten to know me and even ordered in some of the Bond releases they did not have on hand so I could buy them. Unfortunately that Borders is now gone.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2021 - 3:16 PM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

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 Posted:   Apr 3, 2021 - 3:27 PM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

But hell, CDs today are cheap - much cheaper. I remember the average price for a VSD album in my home town was about $30CAD new. Nowadays the most a mainstream new release sells for is about $15-20 max. The mainstream VSD releases are also much cheaper. Buying a club release now is about a similar cost to what I paid back in the 90s for a new one.

That's not the reality I live in. It's true that full price CDs in stores are more or less the same now as 20 years ago (perhaps a 10-20% increase), but there are fewer bargains to be found. And the selection is much poorer.

Be aware that I'm primarily talking about the secondary market here. Just 10 or 15 years ago, I could easily find CDs I wanted for about a fiver (plus shipping, which was much lower then). These days, they're at least tripled in price. If I can even find them.

I realize this is a different topic that is perhaps better suited to its own thread, but I find it a huge mystery that CDs never got the "let's dump them for nothing" attitude when they went out of fashion, the way LPs did in the 90s. Quite the contrary, they've INCREASED in price on the secondary market.


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I can imagine Norway is much different from the US first off.

I hope you are just talking about film scores. If not, you are very wrong. I can buy 5 used pop/rock.soul/jazz cd's 5 for $10 at Used Kids and many other stores. These CD's are worthless to retailers and some don't even buy back anymore. Cassettes are priced higher than CD's. Regarding film scores on CD used- I find used shit under $5-4-3 dollars all day long on Amazon and eBay. I do agree that a good deal of "boutique label and non-US" used CD's are overpriced. That is due to Sellers GREED. That is why I undersell anybody.

Vinyl prices have also skyrocketed-even for shit albums. Try finding original soul-jazz-rock albums that are nicely priced. Releases that have always been in demand and especially non-top 40 soul/funk/jazz have ridiculously priced since the 90's. 30 years later people are paying $20+ for original Rumours, Thriller, Led Zep, Rolling Stones, Beatles, Beach Boys and if you go deeper it get's worse. Hell, even ABBA albums are $10 or more. I know, because I have never stopped buying vinyl new and used in my life. I also owned a Vinyl only Black Music only- Hip Hop, Reggae,Soul/Funk/Jazz/African Record Store in the 90's.

People can get all that shit on CD for next to nothing now.

There are several labels that sell CD's at low prices- KEEP MOVING $9.99 are you kidding me?, KRONOS, NoteforNote. BSX and of course BANDCAMP.

Non film score CD's you can get for $11.99 or less brand new on Amazon and eBay. So, I'd have to say they are cheaper today. Our stores don't even stock new CD's anymore. In the 80's 90 and into 2000's CD sold for $16-20 approximately in record stores and "big box stores"

This thread is so damn hilarious. The whining about the demise of record stores when the boneheads are the ones who all plugged into THE BORG and bent over for itunes ,streaming, downloads. You did to this to yourselves. Vinyl never died and has been since on the rise since 2000 and is now fully resurgent due to the fact the faithful never caved and gave up and we got the kids and the "hipsters" in the game.

CD Labels and such should be thinking about how to bring in the younger generation and some have by releasing VINYL!! How daft of you haters. You would rather the damn genre die than support vinyl and CD Labels.

Oh, and NO CD=NO SALE. I am one of the faithful and I will never cave in. /endquote]

 
 Posted:   Apr 3, 2021 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

In Norway, you have to go back to the 90s to find proper good ones. The record store Akers Mic. here in Oslo - the biggest physical record store in our country at the time - had amazing selection. And their soundtrack section was huge for a number of years.

I indeed remember the soundtrack section of Akers Mic in Oslo. All those plastic copies of the cover art, not the CD cover itself. I bought quite a bit there, particularly 1992-95.

About your question about few cheap second-hand CDs, there are tons of CDs for 10 NOK in this shop in Kristiansand:

https://www.facebook.com/grimvinyl

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 1:07 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

About your question about few cheap second-hand CDs, there are tons of CDs for 10 NOK in this shop in Kristiansand:

https://www.facebook.com/grimvinyl


Soundtracks too? I think I was in that store some 10-12 years ago.

As for what McCurry said above, I find that the challenge is also present for new, non-film music CDs. I've been trying to find cheap copies of some recent CDs like Rammstein's latest, Alan Parsons' latest and so on. For more than a year. But through all my searches online, I haven't really found anything less than $15. About 10 years ago, I could easily find a cheap copy after a few months - at CD WOW or Ebay or something, for example. No such luck now.

But I realize it's possible to live in "different realities" here, depending on where you live, what you're looking for etc. I just find the present day a BAD TIME to be a CD buyer with limited funds. Regardless of the size of soundtrack sections.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 3:09 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

I think part of the reason stores have closed is due to people not being prepared to pay the prices. If you look as some of the prices people paid back in the "heyday" of the CD in the 90s and now, you could say we were overcharged back then. I remember new albums costing anything between 13 to 15GBP which people more and more refused to pay. I remember classical music especially being hideously overpriced back then. It's part of the reason people are happy to subscribe to Spotify etc.

Another longstanding issue with CDs is storage. I have friends who for many years rarely bought them because of that. I know people who have always despised the CD. Those jewel boxes are a curse and poorly designed, I wish they had just housed them in some plastic sleeve with a booklet that didn't take much room. I know you can buy them, but they are expensive. Although I suppose that's another topic.

 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 6:16 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

About your question about few cheap second-hand CDs, there are tons of CDs for 10 NOK in this shop in Kristiansand:

https://www.facebook.com/grimvinyl


Soundtracks too? I think I was in that store some 10-12 years ago.

As for what McCurry said above, I find that the challenge is also present for new, non-film music CDs. I've been trying to find cheap copies of some recent CDs like Rammstein's latest, Alan Parsons' latest and so on. For more than a year. But through all my searches online, I haven't really found anything less than $15. About 10 years ago, I could easily find a cheap copy after a few months - at CD WOW or Ebay or something, for example. No such luck now.

But I realize it's possible to live in "different realities" here, depending on where you live, what you're looking for etc. I just find the present day a BAD TIME to be a CD buyer with limited funds. Regardless of the size of soundtrack sections.


Some soundtracks appear cheap at Grim Vinyl, yes.

The shop has just been running for a few years, so you can't have been there 10-12 years ago.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 5, 2021 - 6:46 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The shop has just been running for a few years, so you can't have been there 10-12 years ago.

Oh. Must have been another used record store then.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 6:52 AM   
 By:   MCurry29   (Member)

About your question about few cheap second-hand CDs, there are tons of CDs for 10 NOK in this shop in Kristiansand:

https://www.facebook.com/grimvinyl


Soundtracks too? I think I was in that store some 10-12 years ago.

As for what McCurry said above, I find that the challenge is also present for new, non-film music CDs. I've been trying to find cheap copies of some recent CDs like Rammstein's latest, Alan Parsons' latest and so on. For more than a year. But through all my searches online, I haven't really found anything less than $15. About 10 years ago, I could easily find a cheap copy after a few months - at CD WOW or Ebay or something, for example. No such luck now.

But I realize it's possible to live in "different realities" here, depending on where you live, what you're looking for etc. I just find the present day a BAD TIME to be a CD buyer with limited funds. Regardless of the size of soundtrack sections.


Some soundtracks appear cheap at Grim Vinyl, yes.

The shop has just been running for a few years, so you can't have been there 10-12 years ago.


Alan Parson- The Secret? Do you still need the live DVD from Columbia too? Shit, I'll send them to you for a trade.

 
 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 7:02 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Alan Parson- The Secret? Do you still need the live DVD from Columbia too? Shit, I'll send them to you for a trade.

Thanks for the offer! I've acquired the COLOMBIA Blu-ray, but still need the SECRET CD. Sure, we might look into making a trade.

 
 Posted:   Apr 7, 2021 - 8:06 AM   
 By:   dtw   (Member)

I'll echo what all those with London reminiscences said: I used to go up, trawl round Tower and HMV and Dean Street (maybe also the Cinema Store) then sit on the train home with a heavy carrier bag and a light wallet.
Nowadays (excepting Covid time) it's a quick pop in Music & Video Exchange if I'm up for an Albert Hall concert and that's about it.
Local HMV has a small-to-middling soundtracks (yes, "and musicals") section, usually containing only the usual same-old stuff. No local independents. So I'm another that would rummage through the charity shop shelves occasionally finding a bargain (plenty of things that I wouldn't have bought at full price but would happily take a punt on for a quid).

 
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