Ditto on the high prices. I buy music to listen to, not to keep sealed thinking I can make money off of it later. I bought 2 titles in support of our only new record source that's been in business since the 70's, but the high prices in general limits what I would like to buy even on a daily basis. The owner did say some of the product he had orderd wasn't shipped for RSD. John Paul White of The Civil Wars is a local guy and the store didn't get any RSD Civil Wars product.
My local record store (The Exclusive co. in West bend ,Wi.) was having a good record store day when i stopped by yesterday.Had sold a lot record store day only releases by the time I got there. Was very happy that i broke one of my normal buying habits and bought a 10" package - double 10" outakes from Janis Joplin's "Pearl" sessions - really a joy ( and as always tinged with sadness -GD heroin !)wonderful performances - more relaxed and better singing/playing - probably because these were earlier (?)"practice" takes ? Best new record purchase in awhile -kudos to the engineering/cutting folks - lovely sound. As for gouging - at least in West bend prices were very reasonable for fresh cut "new" releases - what the secondary rarity market charges for them after the fact doesn't concern me - too busy playin mine.
Complaints about the high prices of new LP's puzzle me for a couple of reasons: 1.) I managed several record stores from the late 60's thru the late 70's - I remember being able to have "cash only" sales during that period where we filled our store with customers buying new LP's for $3.98 cash .If we allow for inflation (and we must unfortunately) -those would be approximately $20 a piece in today's money -which does seem to be the average price I saw for record day sales in West Bend . 2.) WE really aren't comparing apples with apples here - new LP's in my experience are MUCH better pressings than what i sold 40 years ago - the mix/recordings themselves may or may not be superior in terms of the recording process - but in most cases -awesomely quiet vinyl. I have clear memories of taking back dozens of identical copies of the "hot" records of the day over short periods of time as customers sought a "good" copy - not great -just not warped or incredibly noisy/crappy vinyl.The Good Old Days weren't all that great.3.) Yup - like a lot of you -in the last few years my LP purchases have probably run 50 to 1 in favor of thrift store purchases over "new" LP's.Personally -wouldn't want to be a record retailer today .And that's sad !
Audiopile has some good points about today's pricing and quality. I have just come back to buying vinyl after about 1000 cd's at $15-20 a pop and not thinking much about the price. I would like to continue to see RSD every year with specials and hopefully it all results in a future with a year round product I can hold in my hands. I was disappointed I didn't find the Buck Owens coloring book/flexi disk at our record shop.