Record Store Day has come and passed. It was a good year mainly because I got everything I wanted this time around. But even if I don’t buy anything I always loved the idea of RSD. There are tons of awesome independent record stores where people can get their favorites or even discover new music. This is a day dedicated to those places. Also, it’s a way to get people excited about physical albums in a world where everything is digital. Something about the shiny thick vinyl and the vibrant art work you can actually hold gets you excited. It’s just a great day to appreciate music. But of course there are some drawbacks that seem to get worse every year.
Waiting in line is pure torture. I stood in line for two hours waiting for the store to open and then another twenty five minutes just to purchase my items. That about killed me. The whole time I went between hating myself for standing in the cold to being paranoid about my releases selling out to vowing not doing this again next year (I probably will). Then you see the people who camped out over night and think “How stupid” while you secretly wonder if that’s what you should do next year to get first dibs. Next to you are probably the braggers who talk about their past RSD experience and whatever they got last year, wearing it like a badge of honor. I get it, you’re excited you got one out of 100 copies of some obscure album but chances are no one else cares.
While you’re waiting you’ll see people ahead of you whose friends saved them a spot. This makes you seethe with envy, making you wish you had friends who were willing to save you a spot so early in the morning. Hipsters and music snobs are annoying, but they aren’t the worst of the bunch. That honor would go to the greedy fucks. These are the people who only see dollar signs when RSD comes around. They buy as many exclusive releases as they can only to flip them for higher prices. One eBay search will show just about every RSD release online for exuberant prices. To give you an idea, a CD copy of Green Day‘s Demolicious is going for 50 bucks. I only paid 14.99. What’s even worse people are actually buying them up. I’ve even seen people who try to sell freebies they may get. One year when I went, one guy brushed past me to grab half of the free demos the store put out.
RSD was established for music lovers everywhere. It’s a chance for fans to get their hands on some great music and experience the wonders of vinyl. These people are taking cool merchandise out of the hands of fans who would actually appreciate the release. But that’s what the greedy fucks bank on: people so desperate to get something from RSD or the people who couldn’t make it to their favorite record store in time. I understand people who are trying to sell music merchandise they already own, but these are people who are going out of their way to buy albums they don’t even want just to make a profit. It’s a shame that this day made for music fans to get limited releases by the artists they love is being exploited by people who want to make a quick buck. It just goes to show there’s always some asshole out to ruin a good time for every one else.
This is one of the main reasons I dislike RSD. Not only do I convince myself I won’t get the releases I want, they’ll most likely be on eBay within the hour. This practice is getting worse with every year and even though stores themselves are doing the most curve this, it’s not stopping anytime soon. It’s really unfortunate because it seems like RSD is going to be associate with the greedy people and will take on a new negative connotation. It’s a shame that a day started for music lovers by music lovers is slowly being turned into something greedy, exploitative, and awful.