Most CDs sold at dollar stores,are new titles made expressly for this maket.More like latter day Pickwicks,than titles actually deleted by a Warner or a Universal.
I sell all sorts of crap on eBay.Retired colors of contempory Fiesta ware is highly collectible and saleable.Several years ago,like 2001,it used to turn up at dollar stores until Homer Luughlin put a stop to it,and ordered all stores to return all unsold retired pieces to the company,who sell it in THEIR store.There may a similar arrangement with CDs.
This raises an interesting point,though.The market has changed dramatically since the glory days of the cut out bins.The number of stores that sell cutout CDs,as in CDs deleted by the label, new and unplayed,with slices or holes in the jewel cases,or box set boxes is getting fewer and fewer all of the time.The reasons are many and complicated.Many such CDs are shipped out of the country for resale,either by the labels themselves,or by third party resalers.
Also,a lot of the remaining bigger chains,have so much other crap,like DVDs,games,and other assorted junk, that competes for floor space,or believe that cut out CDs would seriously cut into their shrinking sales for new CDs,that they simply don't want to bother carrrying cut out CDs anymore.Any store that carries cut out CDs in the traditional sense,is most likely to be a small inependent,who sells largely to collectors.I am aware of people who have set up accounts on Amazon,solely for the purpose of selling cut out/ remainered CDs.One of these is a former cut out distributor,who used to service record stores.
I'm not saying there aren't any more stores selling cut out CDs,but there are fewer and fewer all of the time.
--- On Fri, 8/15/08, Steven C. Barr <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
From: Steven C. Barr <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] lp, cassette, 8-track cut-outs?
To: [log in to unmask]
Date: Friday, August 15, 2008, 9:07 PM
#1...Yes, "cut-outs" still exist...albeit in a different form...!
#2...I have so far acquired an impressive collection of Hindsight CD's...
for $1 each at "Dollarama" (Canadian listeners take note...!!)
#3...I also acquired ten or twelve cassettes on the "Alligator"
again for $1 each...at another local "dollar store"...?!
Moral of the story: yes, record labels still have to dispose of
stuff that DIDN'T sell (and may NEVER...?!)...! To-day's
"cut-outs" are most likely to be CD's...but, there are STILL
CD's that didn't...and won't...sell, and therefore have to be
Check yer local "dollar store," folkses...?!
Steven C. Barr