The Great Rock ‘n Roll Swindle
August 24, 2009, 13:52 -05 by chris
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Now how much would you pay? Twenty-six dollars? Thirty-eight dollars? What if we told you you could purchase this amazing collection from the original artists for only fifteen dollars? How about nine dollars?
Seriously, though, if you’re looking for legit copies of our old stuff, please don’t be “a fool and his money” and pay some of the ridiculous prices that have been brought to our attention for a “rare! out of print!” or “import only!” copy. It’s the exact same thing that you can get direct from us or download from iTunes. Just as a refresher, Tower Records is not Tower Records (the entity that purchased the rights to the name after their second bankruptcy is called “Caiman Inc.” out of Toronto) and we don’t see one cent from purchases of any of the overpriced CD copies floating around out there (aside from the however-many copies may still be sitting in a warehouse somewhere as frozen assets from Tower’s bankruptcy case, that is) – the only back-catalogue sales we currently see a paltry-fraction-of-a-dollar from are downloads from iTunes, eMusic, or other download services, or hard copies purchased directly from this site. If you really want to blow thirty-eight dollars, buy the iTunes version for nine bucks and donate the difference to a worthy charity or something.
“I’m sorry if Tower Records’ and Blockbuster’s sales plummet. On the other hand, it wasn’t that long ago that those megastore chains drove a lot of neighborhood record stores out of business.”
~ Robert Moog