I went to a Music Record Fair at Parramatta Town Hall. I haven’t been to one since 2005. Eight years have lapsed. Prior to that I was a regular visitor.
Why did I stop going? I went to these Fair’s to purchase albums I did not own for a very cheap price. In Australia, the price of a CD was $30 for a new release. Going to these Fair’s, they used to have those same CD’s for $10.
Basically, with the rise of the internet, the iTunes store and the ability to purchase CD’s from Amazon or from other parts of the world, I didn’t see the need to go back to another Fair.
One of the booths had a shitload of metal LP’s. Most of those LP’s had graphics on the vinyl.
The price of what art should cost is subjective.
The prices that the booth salesperson had on these LP’s to me was ridiculous. The whole point of going to a fair is to get a bargain and negotiate on something else that I see as valuable.
When I said to the person, I would pay $30 instead of $60 for a WASP picture LP single, she ignored me. When I asked her again, she told me to go away as she is busy. You gotta love service like this.
Then there was the case of the PUSHER. For anyone that has been to these kind of fairs, you know that there are people there. Sometimes you might need to wait before you get your chance to check out a rack of CD’s or LP’s or DVD’s or BOOKS. Well, the PUSHER didn’t do that. He just waltzes in, spreads himself and takes over.
In the end I spent $85 on music I already own digitally but not physically. I came away with the following purchases;
DVD – Rush – Classic Albums – 2112 –
CD – Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions (Allowed a friend to borrow this and I never got it back)
CD – Tonic – Sugar (I do not own this album)
CD – Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns (I do not own this on any other format)
CD – Eminem – Recovery (I own this already in mp3 format)
CD – Def Leppard – Pyromania (I own this already on LP and mp3 format)
CD – Marillion – Script For A Jester’s Tear (I own this already on LP and mp3 format)
CD – Concrete Blonde – Bloodletting (I own this already on tape)
CD – Paul Stanley – Live To Win (I own this already in mp3 format)
CD – 3 Doors Down – The Better Life (I already own this on CD, however the CD is scratched)
CD – Godsmack – The Oracle (I already own this in mp3 format)
CD – Snow Patrol – Eyes Open (I had this on CD and my wife lent it to someone that she cant remember who)
CD – Smashing Pumpkins – The Mellon Collie and Infinite Sadness (I already own this on tape)
CD – Trivium – The Crusade (I already own this in mp3 format)
CD – The Rocky Story Soundtrack (I already own the Rocky 4 soundtrack on cassette and The Rocky Themes on LP)
CD – Lynyrd Skynyrd – God and Guns (I do not own this on any format)
CD – Karnivool – Sound Awake (I already own this in mp3 format)
CD – Boston – Boston – 2006 reissue (I already own this on LP)