It's Monday, And Already Many Record Store Day Items Have Been Resold On eBay

Money, honey.
The "Hallmark holiday for music nerds" festivities of Record Store Day are a little less than 36 hours past, and as predicted, the speculators and collectors were out in full force on Saturday. And some of them are already seeing returns on their waiting-in-line investments! eBay's search engine turns up quite a few completed listings with "RSD" in their title, with surely more lurking under misspellings like "RDS" or dispensing with the branding altogether. The spendiest item so far? The limited-to-500-copies Ed Banger Bee Sides box set, a five-disc set of one-sided etched 7-inches that has a Justice demo and four other tracks that went for £497 (which comes out to about $810.36 on our side of the pond--and that's before shipping).

Much of the RSD-related strife streaking across my Twitter feed from midnight ET on Saturday involved futile attempts to acquire the reissue of Big Star's Third; 2,000 copies of the box set were manufactured, and 1 of every 300 would contain the equivalent of a golden ticket--actual test pressings from the beloved powerpop band. Well, this guy has it for $53 as of now, which seems like something of a steal given that two copies have already been snapped up for $200 a pop. (Other artists with items that crossed the double-Franklin threshold: Hank Williams III, Flaming Lips, Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Joan Jett. The cheapest item to be sold so far? This Bad Brains 7-inch, which went for the could-have-been-retail price of $6.99.)

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Eric Phipps
Eric Phipps

As I predicted on Friday, this was a huge clusterfuck. I think that last year's The National debacle turned speculators onto this event at a higher than normal rate. I started off my morning at J&R where people had been waiting since 7 AM. There was no crowd control whatsoever, so when people were let in, it was all at once to a section of the store that was about 15 feet wide and four feet deep. Imagine about 30 people trying to find one or two releases they want in what amounted to an old white guy mosh pit of rabid consumer frenzy. People were pushing, yelling, and knocking over displays and other shoppers to try to get what they wanted.

It was an absolute and shameful mess, both on behalf of J&R's planning and on the people who definitely should have known better.

I head from Kim's that it was largely the same thing when they opened at 9 AM. One guy tried to swipe an entire stack on one release (the clerk didn't specify which release).

Throughout the day, I watched prices climb on ebay for stuff. The early favorites were The Gorillaz album, the Big Star box, and the Nirvana release. Jesus, that Nirvana release. We were lucky enough to find a copy at the third store we visited; the sedate, orderly and polite Turntable Lab.

I don't think I'll ever go to J&R again for RSD unless they make some changes, because it was unjustifiable in every way.


My record store gave out numbers as people showed up. And that number dictated what order you looked in the RSD bins at. No duplicates allowed. It was very orderly and everyone had a pretty good time. Of course, some folks were upset that the albums they wanted were gone, but those are the same people that didn't understand the concept of limited release

Eric Phipps
Eric Phipps

that would have been awesome, much better than J&R

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