> > 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.
> > Any comments?
> > Paul Wells
> Something to consider although I've never seen any used-CD stores around
> here.. a counter-point would be that trad CDs are so tough to find that
> it would be unlikely someone would pass up a trad CD at any price..
Just a point of clarification--there's a difference between a used item
and a promo item. The first has, presumably, been bought and rejected by
its original owner--though there's also the strong possibility that
someone bought it, taped it, and then recouped part of their initial
expense by selling it as used. But in general I have less of an
ethical problem with sales of truly used product than with sales of
promos. After all, there's a long and respectable history of used book
selling, and authors and publishers receive no income from such secondary
sales. It's just part of life that seems to be pretty well accepted in
the publishing trade. Sale of used records/tapes/CDs is less
well-established, but is parallel.
But selling promos is a different matter, as no "legitimate" original
sale has ever taken place.