It started off as a great idea - Record Store Day started in 2007 in order to get people into physical record stores. Each year the day is celebrated with limited releases, only available on that day, and has been a resounding success. However there is a dark side and recent years have seen people who never visited a record store throughout the year standing outside stores all night, snapping up the limited edition, and then fleecing the fans on online auction sites such as eBay.
year, yesterday in fact, April 4th, record store day saw a limited
amount of 45 singles of penny lane and Strawberry Fields issued - these
are already turning up on eBay for upwards of £50.
back in 2014 Paul Weller said he would never again be involved in record
store day because of the touts and Beatles producer Giles Martin hinted
on Twitter that he wants to try and get this year's RSD release of
Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields available for everyone.
“It’s such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of
independent record stores but the greedy touts making a fast buck off
genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD.
It only takes a few to spoil a wonderful concept for everyone else.
Shame on those touts.” Paul Weller
There have also
been reports on Twitter of record stores holding back on these special
items and then selling them on eBay for a fortune...Record Store day has
indeed become a disgrace.