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Another Reason I'm Glad I Left FYE...

Blacklisting the Scissor Sisters: The New York disco-rock band the Scissor Sisters released a new album on Tuesday, "Ta-Dah," but it may not be necessarily coming to a store near you. The group -- whose single off the album, "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'," is No. 1 in the U.K. charts -- won't be appearing in any of the 1,100 stores owned by Trans World Entertainment, including FYE, Sam Goody, Strawberries, Wherehouse, Specs and Coconuts. The reason? Frontman Jake Shears complained at a record retailer's convention last month that Trans World's prices are too high: "I went to go buy the new Raconteurs album, and it was like $18.99." Trans World President and CEO Jim Litwak said Shears was exaggerating the price but never apologized, "so we made the decision not to carry the band's new release." (VH 1)

EDIT: But, you can buy it HERE (Amazon link)


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Sep. 27th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC)
Wow. It's like their business is run by a two-year old.
"NO! We won't take your money because the mean man hurt my feelings by telling the truth!"
Sep. 27th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
Last time I was in a Sam Goody the CDs were $18.99 without exaggeration.
Sep. 27th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
No question. When I worked at FYE (just quit back in April) the average price of a non-sale priced CD would be from 18.99 to 21.99.

Of course, to make matters worse, they give preferential treatment to particular artists (including promotional posters displayed in the store, highlights on end-caps and playing their music on in-store muzak) for paid placement (which I think is dumb considering they are selling ALL the music in the store).
Sep. 27th, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
It's Trans World's prerogative to sell what it wants to sell.

But it doesn't excuse the fact that it's childish.
Sep. 28th, 2006 01:00 am (UTC)
Certainly they can choose to sell whatever they choose to. However, it seems pointless and against their better judgement to make this particular choice.

It's funny to me that they chose this particular album 'cause it seems to be the only album even mentioned in quite a bit of frequency by many of my LJ friends as one they were anticipating. That could be a lot of potential revenue going to other retailers and e-tailers (when they've already lost plenty of market share to the big box stores and warehouse club stores).

It irks me too that the issue is about the fact that the artist complained about their high prices...when their prices ARE too high. I HAD A 30% DISCOUNT and it was still cheaper to purchase many items at Sam's Club/BJ's/Amazon on average. I can't imagine how much money people have thrown at that company out of laziness/not looking for bargains. It helped that a LOT of what I would want to purchase wouldn't be the "HOT" ticket sale items at FYE anyway (since my tastes tend to be off the beaten path).
Sep. 28th, 2006 12:15 am (UTC)
What the heck is the point in issuing a statement that someone exaggerated the prices of your products, when anyone and their mother can waltz right into any of your stores and see for themselves that your products are indeed overpriced!

Oh, I know, I'll teach them a lesson! I'll chose to offer an even MORE limited selection of music! Hah!
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