9 comments for “Suburbs by Arcade Fire is $3.99 at Amazon? The whole album? DANG!

  1. ohhmorrissey
    August 3, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Thanks for the tip. I just bought it. At $3.99 it’d be a douche bag move NOT to actually buy this and support the band.

  2. John
    August 3, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    How about you not be a douche bag to your local record store? What a load of shit this deal is. People are either going to pay or not, cheap price isn’t going to make the kids pay. But it will make a bunch of people who may have actually gone out to buy it stay home.

  3. August 3, 2010 at 5:22 PM

    @John — I think you’ll find ohmorrissey, who I know from our society, not to be a douchebag, but as someone who’s excited about a good deal and happy support the band.

    In fact, I’ll go one step douchier and claim that those of us who love albums, DO buy albums. Either locally, or through places like Gemm.com which tracks independent stores’ inventory around the world, or via mp3 offers from places like Amazon or the labels themselves, etc, etc, all the time!

    If a $3.99 deal for an mp3 album will get people to buy this album, then, in my view, that’s awesome! It’s certainly better than many other options out there. Judging from the comments on facebook & twitter about this post, it looks like quite a few people have already pulled the trigger.

    I, like many other people, take advantage of sales all the time, don’t you? If you have a problem with sales, take it up with the retailer. Not everyone can go to a local record shop and blow $20 for a physical copy. I’m lucky enough to be able to, and I will for albums I like.

    At the end of the day, it’s about balance…. Balancing your own money, your own needs (i.e. food/clothing/shelter), with how much you can offer to pay for something like this.

    So… I guess what I’m trying to say is. You don’t want Amazon offering up an electronic copy of an album for $3.99, take it up with Amazon, Merge, or the band itself, instead of the people who are actually giving their earned money for this album.

  4. adventurerneil
    August 3, 2010 at 6:31 PM

    @John – You probably need to be more tactful if you’re going to make a point and win people over to your side.

    My take: supply and demand, get over it and enjoy the dang album already. Maybe thank the band for deciding to sell that cheap? Maybe thank Tsuru for his letting us know about a killer deal? No gratitude to be found these interboards these days, no gratitude I tells ya.

  5. adventurerneil
    August 3, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    PS. Thanks TSURU! I’m purchasing and about to enjoy. ;) :D

  6. August 3, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    @neil – rococorococorococococococooooo!

  7. John
    August 4, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Umm, this is not about supply and demand. This is about undercutting the competition to a disproportionate degree to drive first week album sales. My problem is with Amazon and Merge – not this site. Probably one of two or three albums released this year that over 100,000 people would actually go to the store and buy and this happens. I have no problem charging 3.99 for an old album that would not be selling otherwise. Good for you people for buying the album so cheaply, but it’s disheartening that you think the only alternative is to steal it or whatever. I’m really not too concerned with tact. If I don’t win anybody over, so be it. Tact is not my specialty. I just really don’t think this pricing represents fair market value. Aren’t we already fucking over the record stores enough?

  8. August 4, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Hey John, as far as I know, when Amazon offers up a deal on an mp3 album, unless there is some promotional deal worked out with the label, it’s Amazon who takes the loss. They do it to promote their mp3 business and, of course, the album itself.

    Usually, the album (whatever the album) that is given the super low price end up being top sellers on Amazon, which then increases it’s visibility, which then creates more sales. Amazon takes a hit to become “the destination” for mp3s vs. the massive bear called iTunes.

    I love record shops. There’s not much better than flipping through rows of records, finding forgotten gems. But record stores records ain’t cheap. Even I often struggle with spending over $20 for a record knowing I can get it cheaper online, usually in any format!

    Same is true for everything. Why go to a bike shop when nashbar.com has the same thing for $20 less and with free shipping? For the personal service of some guy behind the counter who may be a cool dude or may be an elitish douche? NOTE: True for many bike shops AND record stores, weird eh?

    But again…. I love record stores. Everytime we visit a new city, we pick hotels based on record store locations and make sure to hit at least 3 if they have them (we cleaned up in Calgary, last trip).

    Locally, hardly a month goes by before we hit Used Kids, Lost Weekend, Thunderpussy, or a vinyl swap. But…… it ain’t cheap man. Tough times, shitty jobs (or worse, “free internships”) have made stretching them dollars even more critical. And it ain’t getting any better soon.

    Just be thankful people are still, even in this day & age of a single google search giving you practically any and every album you could ever want, need, or possibly listen to in your lifetime for free, that someone was willing to bother to buy an album, for $1.99, $3.99, or $24.99, or whatever.

    Now… let’s go celebrate a good album and spread some good times!!! WOOT!!!

  9. adventurerneil
    August 4, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Good discussion here.

    As someone who’s kinda barely scraping by financially, I’m going to force myself to buy all my top 10 fav. albums on amazon at the end of the year, but that and a few cheap shows are the most I can afford to spend on music at the moment.

    Being tactful may not be John’s forte, but keeping local record shops that aren’t competitive (or really all that necessary to sustain life) in business is definitely not my strong point.

    Does this mean the death of many/most local record stores? Maybe, and I’ll miss them. I’d rather support things like local artists, and local farmers, than local retailers. So it goes.

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