Without wanting a lecture in how business works, can anyone answer/justify/share my pain as to why so many jazz cds that get listed on here come with such insane prices?
I can understand that (i) there's not a huge number of us commercially speaking, and (ii) these cds are sometimes issued in low numbers (well, Blue Note Connoisseurs are batches of 5000 or something, am I right?) to begin with, and many years ago at that. But where do these dispassionate chancers get off trying to sell a Bennie Green cd for £130 when I bought it new on here last week for £9? (It's a good session, but after that £4 Blue note sale in Fopp last July, it's ruined me for paying double figures for a cd).
Are there actually that many wealthy eccentrics who actually cough up? Did the seller misplace the decimal point when he inserted his price? Has the pound devalued that dramatically in a week? Does there price undercut some other, even cheekier, seller by 1p? Or do they read the comments made by radio station owners everytime they launch an ultimately-abortive jazz station (cough thejazz end cough). Some numbnut is wheeled out to say how much of a desired advertising demographic jazzers are (apparently we're all retired millionaires itching to buy new cars/health insurance/buy-to-let properties, or in thejazz's case, I recall their only ads were for diet coke & replacement windscreens). But that's another rant for another day.
My point? Just a rant I suppose, and a plea for a source of ethically priced old Blue note cds. Yes, there are a good few honest vendors on here, sometimes eBay comes up good too. But maybe I should direct some ire at the people who do buy £100 cds and thus perpetuate this naked greed. You fools! They'll probably RVG it again next year and it'll cost a fiver.
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