Can’t find the article, but the owners of One Up in Aberdeen were interviewed saying the same thing way back in 2012. It’s a stressful day full of rude people turning up looking for exclusives they don’t have in the shop and never seen again until the following year.
It’s been rubbish for the better part of a decade now. I really enjoyed it when it meant that really desirable titles got a rerelease to satisfy a bit of a niche audience, along with bands doing special releases to drive people to neglected record shops.
But who the fuck is longing for this at £35 a pop??
It’s symptomatic that they need to be involved because it’s keeping them going… it’s the same reason they stocked Adele, because it sells, even if it’s why popular releases take 9 months to get a repress and smaller independent acts often waiting over a year between recording a record and being able to release it… and some skipping doing vinyl to get it on streaming so that they can get media coverage to sell gig tickets, as the margins on a few thousand vinyl sales aren’t even that great
Record Store Day has never chimed with how I buy music. I don’t want vinyl I can’t listen to and I don’t want limited editions no one else has. I’ve been buying music from independent shops for more than 20 years and Record Store Day has only ever been a day to avoid going in a record store.
Personally have always found what they release kind of strange and I don’t think it’s snobbishness - if it was new versions of e.g. Rumors or say new big pop album that most people are streaming, that would make sense. But I look at the lists each year and it all seems so random and inexplicable.
I guess if it is still doing the job of getting people who wouldn’t otherwise go to record shops to go into them then it is working. Maybe the records themselves mean little and what happens on the day or benefit to the shops is also irrelevant, if what it does is act as a PR exercise for the general (and still apparently going strong) ‘vinyl revival’.
So maybe it stopped benefiting independent shops a long time ago but still benefits the industry as a whole?
Why would I go out and buy two or three new CDs when for the same money I could get one picture disc with two tracks on it that I already own, play it once, gawp briefly at the colour of the vinyl, coo “Oh! Isn’t it lovely?”, then file it away on my shelf and never interact with it again?
I’m 49 and determined never to fall into the “it was better in my day/there’s nothing good anymore” trap, but between this and NFTs perhaps I’m becoming a boomer after all.
If it’s keeping them going, then fine I guess. My question, as said, was that the amount of RSD material in sales recently a lot of it isn’t selling.
As I’ve said before in these threads, lack of pressing capacity has been a growing issue for years now, even back to when I was pressing vinyl in the mid 00s. It’s very much the industry’s problem that it hasn’t been solved and - if RSD stuff is delaying smaller releases while also keeping recording stores in business - it seems very weird to suggest record stores should be the ones to suffer from the lack of investment by the industry.