> At the risk of spoiling my own fun, the best luck I've had with used
> Celtic CD's is at Reckless Records, at Belmont & Broadway in Chicago.
> They get quite a lot of new Green Linnet releases. They had multiple
> copies of _Eileen Ivers_ very quickly, for instance.
> *** Mike O'Regan ([log in to unmask])
At the risk of raining on everyone's parade on this issue, folks need to
realize what's happening when multiple copies of a new release turn up in
used music shops very soon after release. These are most likely
promotional copies furnished by the label to either the local distributor
or radio stations or print media outlets. Neither the label nor the
artist sees any money from what the individual plunks down to purchase
the disc. All the profits go to the people who are selling something
that they were given for free, and they were given it in the first place
in order to try to promote the music.
Now I'm hardly guilt-free here, and I'm not even sure what I'm advocating
as a course of action. Certainly, if good stuff is offered for sale,
someone will buy it, Irtradder or not. But this is an important issue
for small label, minimally commercial musics such as Irish traditional.
It probably doesn't hurt, say, Garth Brooks, a whole lot if a few promo
copies get into the retail pipeline. But with Irish music, we're dealing
with labels and artists that never make a whole lot of $$$ off recordings
anyway. If there are only a handful of potential purchasers of an Eileen
Ivers recording in a given city, and a half-dozen copies of her new
release turn up for, say, $8 at the corner used-CD store, a hefty portion
of her fans are getting her music without her seeing a penny from it.
Wish I had a good answer to what to do about this. Boycotting stores
that sell promo product won't stop such sales from happening. Maybe it's
a matter of individual conscience, like home taping.