This morning I woke up and thought “You know what, I can’t be bothered with Record Store Day this year”. Twenty minutes after waking I realised I had made the right choice. Social media had exploded with pictures and stories of woe. A quick look at ebay showed that not everyone’s intentions were good. 600 items and counting
While touts are morally wrong, what they are doing isn’t illegal. They got up early and queued up like everyone else, and then put their ill-gotten gains on eBay and Discogs. My problem with touts is they depriving someone something they were after. I have no problem with other collectors and fans getting something I was after, but selling it online for massive profit it feels the same as losing a cup final by an own goal.
A lot has been written about RSD latey. Some are for it Dave Grohl and Rough Trade, some are against Howling Owl and Sonic Cathedral. The jury is still out as to how RSD will go in the future, but unless the lists are strong and the pointless re-issues are capped then it could just be another day where touts and rich kids rule.