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CD Sales Idea/Question

olddude 04 Oct 08 - 02:08 PM
GUEST,Jack the Sailor 04 Oct 08 - 02:41 PM
meself 04 Oct 08 - 04:14 PM
olddude 04 Oct 08 - 06:04 PM
Jim Lad 04 Oct 08 - 06:22 PM
katlaughing 04 Oct 08 - 07:02 PM
olddude 04 Oct 08 - 09:04 PM
Peace 04 Oct 08 - 09:12 PM
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Subject: BS: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: olddude
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 02:08 PM

I know nothing of the music business, Heck I am not that good of a musician period. However, in the past, the software that I created myself and packaged myself I sold on consignment to some of the big city stores. I would drop off my software, they would put it on the shelf, I would stop back in a month and they would give me a check. It cost me 20%. I sold more software that way then I did on my own. Would this approach work with music?   I mean putting your CD in the store and doing the same thing? What was good about software is that the store manager had the say and didn't have to go to some corporate talking head for approval. It cost them nothing other than to shelf it. I was in some big named stores also. Has anyone done something like this for this music? I table it for discussion

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Subject: RE: BS: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: GUEST,Jack the Sailor
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 02:41 PM

I've not done it. But I've seen displays of music on consignment in stores. Mostly rap music and gospel in urban convenience stores.

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Subject: RE: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: meself
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 04:14 PM

A good percentage of CDs that I've put out on consignment have sold. However - and in my case, it's a big however - it often just doesn't seem to be worth the time and bother it takes. You drive fifteen-twenty minutes out of your way, you hang around till the manager has time to talk to you, you chat for five-ten minutes, you leave four or five CDs, you're back in the neighbourhood six months later, you stop by again, wait for the manager, chat, he or she says, "We sold two or three - how many did you leave here?", you think, then say, "Four or five - maybe four - or was it five?" You come away with thirty bucks in your pocket, you've left three or was it four there till next time, and you don't know if you've come out ahead or behind ... Then you find that the place where you left ten CDs has gone out of business, and nobody knows where your CDs are ...

That's how it goes for me. BUT: if you are more organized, and/or if you have a fixed address with a number of consignment-targets in the vicinity, it could work out quite well, I think

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Subject: RE: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: olddude
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 06:04 PM

Have any of you ever thought of doing a local PBS half hour video. Local PBS stations here in the states run things for free. My local PBS station always has something and people do watch them. I read an article that Red Green show he did on a local PBS station by himself and it then took off from there. There are so many Mudcatters that are so talented, I am just thinking out loud to see if anyone tried these for what they are worth. I did a presentation one time when everyone thought the world would end on the year 2000 from computer problems and someone ran it on our local PBS. It was a group of doctors and business professionals. I told them how bored they were all going to be when they woke up the next day when nothing at all was going to happen to the software. I got several decent contracts from it after it was aired. Something like that maybe for CD's. Don't know so I ask the question

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Subject: RE: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: Jim Lad
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 06:22 PM

The short answer is "No".
Look into CD Baby.

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Subject: RE: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 07:02 PM

I agree, online marketing makes a lot more sense, now that it is available. In the early to late 80s, I helped my brother with his classical music tapes. Consignment never worked very well. We did a lot better selling at concerts he gave. Nowadays with cdbaby, myspace, and youtube, it's so much easier to go directly to your market and not be dependent on any middle wo/men. A local contact, sure, if it's someone you know and trust, who will push your stuff. I found the same goes for books. I've sold a lot more online than in stores and I don't have to physically visit every store to coddle them along to feature my book over one some big publishing company is pushing with discounts, special displays, etc. It's a more level playing field, so to speak, online.

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Subject: RE: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: olddude
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 09:04 PM

thank you, it sounds like it is not a good idea for music

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Subject: RE: CD Sales Idea/Question
From: Peace
Date: 04 Oct 08 - 09:12 PM

A friend in Montreal left 10 on consignment of a CD he did a few years back. Reputable record store, etc. he went back the following month to see if the sales had happened. Guy told him the fellow he'd left the CDs with didn't work there anymore and he had no idea where the CDs were. Right!

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