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January 04, 2007

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joe

Let's just hope hiphop sales increses next year. no wait 1st lets hope somebody starts making some good hiphop again first

srippy

heck, tupac put out ANOTHER album according to the best buy circular.

that dude don't stop.

Derek Warren

I never wanted to believe what I had read the last 10 years or so, but indie stores' days are numbered. They're slowly, but surely, going away, one by one. They just cannot compete with Best Buy buying direct from WEA and selling cds at a loss and FYE opening up a store in every decent part of well-traveled real estate.

Newbury Comics just opened up in Manchester, at the mall of all places, and it's a nice change of pace. I can go in and buy that odd Killing Joke reissue or that Boomtown Rats import, things Best Buy and FYE both would never stock. But, again, it's a mall, there is some markup (not as bad as FYE), and the used stock is next to nothing. Not to mention...no used vinyl, rare vinyl, etc.

The major cities and the established college music towns will be ok, but this area is doomed. I hate to say this, but I wonder when the day is when Walt closes up Brass City Records because business is too slow and he's run out of patience?

Eric replies: Aargh, bite your tongue!

ChrisB.

I'd have more hope for my independent record seller if FYE wasn't putting a store in every town. I have a friend who operates a couple of stores in CT and I'm to the point where I'm uncomfortable asking him "how's business."

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