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Thread started 08/27/18 8:56pm

sro100

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Does streaming have any impact on price for "rare" CDs?

Does the fact that "The Gold Experience" (well most of the TGE anyway) is now streaming impact the market for the CD? Same for "One Night Alone Live" N.E.W.S., etc.?

Or do the same people still want the CD to have it?

Even though I have not religiously watched Ebay prices, TGE, for example, seems to go for less than it used to?

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Reply #1 posted 08/27/18 9:45pm

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There are certainly those, like completists, who would want the physical copy more than the digital stream.

On some tip, I can see how the availability of the albums on streaming services directly knocking down their internet stock and level of "rare".

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Reply #2 posted 08/28/18 3:24am

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What it has certainly done is given bootleggers the opportuity to burn and sell the albums, conveniently forgetting to mention that they are not the original. Therer's now hundreds of TGE, NEWS, TRC available mostly still for +30 euros.

And newer fans seem to be faling for it looking at how many are being sold.

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Reply #3 posted 08/28/18 4:25am

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It could also have the opposite effect. If streaming is the norm, the repressings could become a thing of the past, making existing physical copies even rarer.

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Reply #4 posted 08/28/18 7:52am

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I don't think so because anyone who wanted to hear the music could easily download any of those records illegally. So whomever was/is after a CD or LP wants it because they want the object, not just because they're after the music.

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On the other hand the internet has reduced the scarcity of many items: what youy couldn't find easily 20 years ago can be found en-mass on ebay: I've noticed a drop in prices for many comics or records that were considered relatively hard to find in the 90's but weren't hard to find at all anymore in the post-eBay world. I'm not talking of super rare stuff of course, but stuff that you just couldn't find at the store next door back in the days, but now can order online in one click.

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Reply #5 posted 08/28/18 8:09am

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NouveauDance said:

It could also have the opposite effect. If streaming is the norm, the repressings could become a thing of the past, making existing physical copies even rarer.


Maybe, but most of them might not be in print anyway (the newer stuff just released) which leaves them right where they're at price-wise, or the cost coming down because of them being readily available on streaming. Ultimately, another six months or year's time will tell.

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