RSD needs to morph into a monthly "First Saturdays" type of event. Releasing exclusives to indie retail is a great thing, but there is no reason for everybody to do it on the exact same day, once a year. Fostering a healthy indie retail ecosystem requires more than one day out of the whole year. Much as heavy partiers consider New Year's Eve to be "Amateur Night", RSD is kind of a BS event that real record store denizens would do well to avoid. They want me to line up early so I can overpay for a plaid picture disc of the "Clueless" soundtrack? No, thanks. Everything Tom said in his first post regarding the secondary market and clogged-up pressing plants is accurate, in my experience. (I work for a label.) I don't think RSD or "the vinyl revival" will peter out any time soon, but it needs to evolve into something that actually benefits the little guys, by which I mean brick & mortar indie retail and small labels. The irony of a small indie having to bump street dates due to a lack of product caused by majors hogging press time with tchotchkes like two zillion 'Ghostbusters' picture discs, is painful. Good record stores are based on a well-curated selection overseen by a knowledgeable and trustworthy staff, not access to some rare/special/colored/limited/buy-it-now piece of crap. Good record stores have *personality*. The once-a-year "Big Event" seems to be hyping up competitive consumerism rather than fostering thoughtful, long-term listening and collecting.