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CDNOW Preferred Buyer’s Club

Posted By Barry Ritholtz On May 21, 2004 @ 2:19 pm In Music | Comments Disabled


I’ve long held that the music industry’s artificial price maintenance is the source of a huge amount of their problems.

I was quite surprised to learn that within Amazon.com [1] is CDNOW’s Preferred Buyer’s Club [2]. And an even bigger surprise was that their prices are actually quite reasonable. Last nite, I ordered these 3 discs (free shipping):

The Mose Chronicles: Live in London, Vol. 1 Mose Allison $9.99

Mose Allison -

Mose Allison [3]

Afterglow Sarah Mclachlan $7.99
B0000C6E4D  - [4]
Afterglow [4]

Lost in Space Aimee Mann $9.99
Aimee Mann - [5]
Aimee Mann [5]

Under $10 is the price I believe CDs would sell for if true market place competition was allowed — no oligopoly, no restrain of trade, no price fixing agereement.

If DVDs are $15, how can CDs be possibly be worth anything more than 2/3 of that . . .?

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URLs in this post:

[1] Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/subst/home/home.html/102-4529470-0078540

[2] CDNOW’s Preferred Buyer’s Club: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/browse/-/3023481/ref%3Dtab%5Fm%5Fgw%5Fl/102-4529470-0078540

[3] Mose Allison: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000056BAE/thebigpictu09-20

[4] Image: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000C6E4D/thebigpictu09-20

[5] Image: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00006AAJF/thebigpictu09-20

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