Once upon a time, record shops were ubiquitous. But they’re not all gone – yet!
The novelty of wandering into record shops seems to be a dying past time. But small homegrown independent retailers are still clinging onto the not-so-distant trade. E2Music, a music and DVD store that buys and sells second-hand products, has gone from Navan (only twelve years ago) right to College Green on Dame Street. Maybe there is hope for those playing the toughest retail game out there after all…
Owners Aaron McGoona and Darach Kane lease expires in March; what happens after is to be decided. According to McGoona the “business is primarily buying and trading, based on the Amazon model”. However, can the duo survive the harsh market? With such a large expanse selling music there is a danger of the business fracturing.
Corkonians saw through watery eyes the much beloved Plugd records closing its doors on Washington Street in December 2009 after eight years. Jim Horgan and Albert Twomey of Plugd came to the reality that “selling music is not enough to get by anymore” becoming victims of the financial climate.
Maybe it seems like a great idea to open a record store selling vinyls, CDs and DVDs for nostalgic values. For me, it’s reinventing the wheel on grounds where the wheel has become obsolete.
Colossal companies such as Virgin Megastores, Zavvi and HMV have felt the effects of record sale decline. So what chance does the miniature have?
It’s a simple domino effect. The larger stores fall so competition for cheap deals become null. Thus, those who survive hike up prices. The independent record shops attempt to counter attack by selling products at a reasonable cost but eventually get gobbled up by the raging recession. What’s left behind is a ghost town of record shops and overpriced hyperstores filled with junk. This fallacy is seen over and over since the advent of the Digital age.
Not to mention the biggest stab to the new record shops – illegal downloading. The new record shops are basically competing with an invisible enemy who is universal.
I do wish any record shop the best of luck that promote homegrown music and I really do hope they do not become extinct. E2Music are just one of hundreds that combat the Digital age today. However, will they still be here tomorrow?
What do you think about record shops today? Should we leave them as something in the past or keep them alive?