RETAILERS are combating trolls exploiting the rare releases for Record Store Day out tomorrow.
Record stores across Australia will feature limited numbers of special releases by the likes of Prince, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Madonna and The Smiths.
Now in its 10th year, Record Store Day (April 22) was created to bring people back into the existing record stores but ‘flippers’ have soured the event in recent years.
The flippers buy as many copies of the highly collectable items as possible, which then wind up on eBay at inflated prices.
Many stores now adopt a one item per customer policy to try and stop exploitation.
Warwick Brown of Melbourne’s Greville Records is keen to see the records fall into the right hands.
“We get such limited amounts of the Record Store Day items that we do one per customer,” Brown said.
“And most people are cool about it, I’ve never had someone come in and ask for 10 copies of something. But it’s very different. Some records get snapped up straight away and they’re on eBay straight away for exorbitant prices, while others hang around all year and don’t sell.”
The hot releases this year are reissues of items long out of print as well as brand new releases. Some items are limited to as few as 5000 copies worldwide.
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Key items fans will be racing from store to store to try and track down include:
A.B. Original — The Reclaim Australia album on indigenous flag inspired vinyl
The Beatles — a 7 inch single of Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane
David Bowie — Cracked Actors, a triple vinyl live album from 1974 (previously unreleased)
Johnny Cash — a vinyl repressing of Children’s Album
The Cure — Greatest Hits Acoustic — a double vinyl picture disc set not on vinyl since 1975
The Doors — Live at the Matrix 1967 — never on vinyl until now
The Easybeats — Vigil, a 1968 album not available on vinyl for decades
Fleetwood Mac — Alternative Mirage — outtakes from the Mirage album, never on vinyl until now
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Madonna — Dance Mix — South American EP from 1985 with extended remixes
Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello — Cassette demos, on an old school cassette
Stevie Nicks — Rarities — Ten inch vinyl including demo of Edge of Seventeen
Pearl Jam — State of Love and Trust on limited 7…