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do not buy
« on: July 27, 2012, 09:51:40 am »
Interesting. Something they are actually saying out loud, those things we maybe thinking...

Chicago record store has 'do not buy' list of unwanted music

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By Courtney Garcia, NBC News contributor

Most music stores are all about telling customers what to buy. But Laurie’s Planet Of Sound, a Chicago-based retail and second-hand record store, has officially created a list of artists whose CDs it has no interest in buying or reselling.

According to the breakdown, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Soul Asylum, Jewel, and Perry Farrell are among the many musicians turned away from its shelves.

The list, established three or four years ago by an employee, has been officially dubbed “The Do Not Never Ever Buy List.” It itemizes over 50 artists and a few generalized collections -- almost all soundtracks –- that the store refuses to purchase in CD format.

Manager Nick Myers told NBC News that the list was created specifically for CDs, not records, due to waning sales of that format.

“You begin to reflect what your customer base is looking for. In our case, it’s a lot of indie rock and classic rock; classic music of the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s until now,” Myers says. “I’ve been here for 10 years and a lot of that stuff we used to sell, no problem, but over time, (it) falls out of favor…It’s just kind of specific for us, being in Chicago, in a dense, urban demographic.”

Meant as a guide for employees and also a joke for customers, “The Do Not Never Ever Buy List” has been posted behind the register desk until recently, and continues to grow over time. Also included with the undesirables are artists like Fuel, Macy Gray, Journey, Foreigner, and “60s/70s Artists’ CDs from the 80s/90s/2000s.”

Myers explains, “An example of that would be like a David Crosby record from 1999 –- artists who came into popularity in the ‘60s and ‘70s –- (we won't buy any) of their later CDs.”

He also clarified a line nixing, “everything Pitchforky.”

“The ‘15 minutes of fame,’ flavor-of-the-moment CD on Pitchfork –- in one year, be wary of it,” Myers notes, referring to the popular music blog. “I don’t know if it has quite the power it once did. It used to be anybody that got a good review on Pitchfork, we would have to make sure we got it in because we would have a flood of people come in and say, ‘I heard about it on Pitchfork, I want to buy it.’”

Late pop icon Whitney Houston was added to the list prior to her death in February, although Myers notes that now her greatest hits album would probably sell fairly well.

So far, few customers or industry representatives have complained about the list. Myers said everyone finds it pretty funny, though some did accuse the store of embracing a high-brow, “holier than thou” attitude.

Myers adds, “There were some negative comments…But I can’t think of a record label per se that came forward and was like, ‘Why don’t you like k.d. lang?’”
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« Reply #1 on: July 27, 2012, 10:06:17 am »
Not sure what to make of this. The music industry is already failing and has been for quite some time now. So creating a List of artist to avoid is biting the hand that you hope feeds you. Now I get that the owner of the shop has every right to do whatever the  f u c k  they want to by having this List. But at the end of the day, they are just turning away potential walk-in customers that may in fact be looking for the very thing they have put on the List. I get that it's all about supply and demand in what to order and stock on the shelves. But to just systematically discredit another artist for no other reason than to do so is just dumb business practice.

Look, I hate what gets passed around for music these days, and even Jessica Simpson who is on the List as a musical entity is already questionable. But if I were running my own record shop, I wouldn't diss or have an Avoid List if that artist is going to put money in my pocket.

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« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2012, 10:14:41 am »
I think the point is they have a proven track history of what just does not sell anymore. If I owned a business, there is no way I want product just sitting there collecting dust, hoping a fan will buy that illusive long gone memory of an artist.

In fact, have done that with me. When I sold my record collection, it was very interesting what they took and what they didn't want any part of.
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012, 10:20:30 am »
Well my issue is posting a List for all to see. There really is no need to call people out like that. It just sounds like they are trying to create some press by doing this specific thing. A lot of business out there are in the same boat and go about it a bit differently...they just don't order any more product from whatever artist that doesn't sell and leave it at that.

Having said that, I refuse to stock any Justin Beiber on the shelves if I ever own a Record Shop. But instead of a List, I will have a cardboard cutout of The Beibs with an arrow through his head and blacked out teeth at the front door to greet customers.
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« Reply #4 on: July 27, 2012, 02:56:19 pm »
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Having said that, I refuse to stock any Justin Beiber on the shelves if I ever own a Record Shop. But instead of a List, I will have a cardboard cutout of The Beibs with an arrow through his head and blacked out teeth at the front door to greet customers.

Well see that's brilliany and creative... And no different than the list.

This kind of thing would fit in so well at a couple the music stores I used to go too.

When it comes down to it, there is no fear from the store employees, hurting that particular fans feeling. That fan most likely wouldn't be in there anyway... For long.
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