Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo

First ..Daves Video of LA.. Now Tower records and books .


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
44 replies to this topic

#21 of 45 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

Jeff Kleist

    Executive Producer



  • 11,286 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 04 1999

Posted May 30 2003 - 04:57 AM

They are all in the college areas here, but outside of those areas they're gone The best used bookstores are in the same places too.

#22 of 45 OFFLINE   Will_B

Will_B

    Producer



  • 4,733 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 06 2001

Posted May 30 2003 - 08:37 AM

Interesting aside, I just spent the past month retouching the CD cover art for a small artist whose early CDs had reverted back to him - and he's simply using Cafepress.com's new CDR-on-demand service to sell them. It was kind of fun for me, cloning out the old label info and so forth. But most amusing was how this is really bypassing everything, from store to label to distributor - all gone. Obiously it doesn't serve the needs of artists who need to have actual stock on hand to sell at shows or to send to indie stores, but for albums which are no longer current and would only be bought by fans, it's another way that artists are bypassing stores entirely. Originally he was just selling his old albums as downloads, but some people evidently don't have the time. Or maybe some just like album art. In any case, they tried it and it appears to be working. Did I already mention that customflix.com is doing the same for DVD-R? I think I did...I may have told this entire story already. Sorry if I did, I need some sleep.
"Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted." -Krysta Now

#23 of 45 OFFLINE   John Alderson

John Alderson

    Supporting Actor



  • 563 posts
  • Join Date: Aug 08 2001

Posted May 30 2003 - 08:57 AM

Where are all those claims that MP3's are helping the music industry, hmm? Bah. That's my favorite excuse from people trying to justify downloading MP3's, whereas we ALL know it's just so they can get stuff they don't own for free.

It amazes me that Tower in Harvard Square is still in business though... I've never been a fan of their prices. With Newbury Comics across the street and all the used CD stores in that area, I'd have thought it would go away a long time ago. When did HMV go away? I can't remember if I noticed it was gone the last time I was there. Surprised they lasted so long there, honestly.

I did buy the Criterion Spellbound DVD at tower last October, impulsively. Of course, I then had to send it in for an exchange, but that wasn't Tower's fault Posted Image

#24 of 45 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

Jason Seaver

    Lead Actor



  • 9,306 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969

Posted May 30 2003 - 09:20 AM

The HMV just closed a couple weeks ago, after a monthlong going-out-of-business sale (why, yes, I'll pillage at 40% off Posted Image).

I'm not sure what keeps that Tower there, either - the last time I remember buying something there was when they were liquidating their Peanuts toys for $1.99 each.
Jay's Movie Blog - A movie-viewing diary.
Transplanted Life: Sci-fi soap opera about a man placed in a new body, updated two or three times a week.
Trading Post Inn - Another gender-bending soap, with different collaborators writing different points of view.

"What? Since when was this an energy...

#25 of 45 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

Gary->dee

    Screenwriter



  • 1,923 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 14 2003

Posted May 30 2003 - 09:36 AM

[quote] Where are all those claims that MP3's are helping the music industry, hmm? Bah. That's my favorite excuse from people trying to justify downloading MP3's, whereas we ALL know it's just so they can get stuff they don't own for free. [quote]

You want a positive MP3 story? I got one for you. I downloaded 5 entire Pink Floyd albums that I didn't previously own. In turn I purchased 4 of those album CDs and I'll eventually purchase the 5th album I downloaded. I wanted the booklets that come with the CD's for the lyrics and artwork, which for me completely enhance the listening experience because I can equate a certain period of music with certain images pertaining to the album in question.
Posted Image

#26 of 45 OFFLINE   Will_B

Will_B

    Producer



  • 4,733 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 06 2001

Posted May 30 2003 - 11:45 AM

Oh, sure, there will always be the proverbial "record collectors" who just download and download so they can have the biggest stash, but, in general, I think that mp3s are serving the role that radio used to before all the playlists became the same, and the role that the single used to play before singles cost $10 or $11 each. As for how to keep it serving those purposes, while avoiding the former ("record collectors"), I don't know.
"Scientists are saying the future is going to be far more futuristic than they originally predicted." -Krysta Now

#27 of 45 OFFLINE   Brian W.

Brian W.

    Screenwriter



  • 1,958 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 29 1999
  • Real Name:Brian
  • LocationLos Angeles

Posted May 30 2003 - 12:25 PM

I have to say the Tower on Sunset Boulevard isn't a real busy place lately. Whenever I go in there, there's very few people there. Virgin Megastore opened just up the road about three years ago, then when Amoeba Music opened last year it really took a chunk out of Tower's business. I would be sad to see it close, but, you know, since Amoeba opened I hardly ever go to Tower anymore.

#28 of 45 OFFLINE   Devin U

Devin U

    Second Unit



  • 399 posts
  • Join Date: Jun 23 2002

Posted May 30 2003 - 03:33 PM

I used to go to tower alot. The used to be one right near me. About a year ago, I was heading over there and found out that the store was closed. turns out all the Towers' in Phoenix were closed, except for a superstore on the north side of town. It was a sad day. They allways supported local artists by selling thier CD's a great prices. Good Mag's, too.

#29 of 45 OFFLINE   Steven K

Steven K

    Supporting Actor



  • 832 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 10 2000

Posted May 30 2003 - 04:46 PM

Newbury Comics is the best! Their new DVD prices can be a bit high, but I find that many of their used prices are pretty decent. Just a few weeks back, they were having a 30% off all used DVDs sale... I picked up Solaris (CC) for $13! They also had the ET boxed set for ~$25 and the X-Files season sets for around $65.

#30 of 45 OFFLINE   Mehdy

Mehdy

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 54 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 15 2002

Posted May 31 2003 - 10:23 AM

Ok gang: I put My money where my mouth was...I went to tower today and bought the following: what do you think...

1-The Mission two disc special edition 26.99 + Tax

2-Star Trek nemesis widescreen editon 24.99+ tax..on sale

3 Speed Racer Limited edition 22.99+tax

4-Absolute Beginners 9.99+TAX ...on sale

5-Yu-Gi-OH vol 3 19.99+ Tax

6- High Fidelity 14.99 + Tax
I have having a grad party with guests thru the weekend and
instead of going to best buy or frys....I took the chance...
was it worth it??????????Posted Image

#31 of 45 OFFLINE   Page

Page

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 217 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969

Posted May 31 2003 - 10:34 AM

Unfortunately, I don't think your purchase is going to keep them solvent. I used to love Tower Records on Sunset. Saw The Jam there when they were signing copies of "All Mod Cons". Tower was the place to go on Christmas Day if you got tired of hanging around the house because they were opened 365 Days a year until midnight!

#32 of 45 OFFLINE   rich_d

rich_d

    Screenwriter



  • 2,014 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 21 2001
  • Real Name:Rich
  • LocationConnecticut

Posted May 31 2003 - 12:02 PM

I remember Tower for the selection they had and prices that weren't that bad. That was years ago. Their marketing strategy put them in trouble. While Circuit City and Best Buy have loss leaders in DVDs to bring in store traffic (and profitable impulse purchases) Tower's new release prices (has others have commented on) were turning people off. If they can't figure that out they don't deserve to be in business. For the guy in Seattle who can't think of a place to purchase Criterion titles ... DVDplanet will do the trick. Want something you can physically touch .. bet there are a few Borders Bookstores and Music in Seattle. They are high priced though as well as Virgin as well as Sam Goody. Don't think there is an dramatic shortage of high priced retail outlets.

#33 of 45 OFFLINE   Daryl Stovall

Daryl Stovall

    Second Unit



  • 455 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 04 2002

Posted May 31 2003 - 03:15 PM

Sorry to say, but you got hosed. I purchased mine at Circuit City 12.99+tax & ain't even gon' get into how much I paid for The Mission & Star Trek: Nemisis. Tower about ten or twelve years ago use to be the place but I think their time has passed.

#34 of 45 OFFLINE   Jeff Kleist

Jeff Kleist

    Executive Producer



  • 11,286 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 04 1999

Posted May 31 2003 - 04:56 PM

you got hosed on ST: Nemesis too. $16.99 at BB or CC

#35 of 45 OFFLINE   Mehdy

Mehdy

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 54 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 15 2002

Posted June 01 2003 - 06:03 AM

Wow and the 24.99 PRICE was a SALE price, tower's regular price for this movie was 29.99...that's why I picked up this marginal buy....ten bucks difference on speed racer...shitttttt....what did you pay for the mission, I am taking about the 2 disc special edition just released..not the single disc(if there was one)...????????

#36 of 45 OFFLINE   Dean Kousoulas

Dean Kousoulas

    Second Unit



  • 332 posts
  • Join Date: Jul 15 2002

Posted June 01 2003 - 07:03 AM

It's a shame that Tower is heading under, while stores like Suncoast and Sam Goody are still in business. Last time I went into a Sam Goody, they were charging $20 for some cd's, that I could find at Circuit City for $14. Not to mention their dvd's are all full price. Same goes for Suncoast. Dean
"Earnest Hemingway once wrote 'The world is a fine place, and worth fighting for.' I agree with the 2nd part." - Morgan Freeman, Se7en

My DVD Collection

#37 of 45 OFFLINE   Daryl Stovall

Daryl Stovall

    Second Unit



  • 455 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 04 2002

Posted June 01 2003 - 09:07 AM

I paid $15.99+tax at Best Buy for The Mission (Double Disc)

#38 of 45 OFFLINE   Jason Seaver

Jason Seaver

    Lead Actor



  • 9,306 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 31 1969

Posted June 01 2003 - 09:09 AM

Well, Suncoast/Sam Goody is also closing stores. What keeps them in business is covenient location and a larger selection than what you'll find in a department store; while you can find new releases dirt cheap at Best Buy, there are catalog/foreign/niche titles you won't find there at all (or so the theory goes; the BB near me has a pretty decent selection in everything but "foreign").
Jay's Movie Blog - A movie-viewing diary.
Transplanted Life: Sci-fi soap opera about a man placed in a new body, updated two or three times a week.
Trading Post Inn - Another gender-bending soap, with different collaborators writing different points of view.

"What? Since when was this an energy...

#39 of 45 OFFLINE   Daryl Stovall

Daryl Stovall

    Second Unit



  • 455 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 04 2002

Posted June 01 2003 - 09:16 AM

As far as foreign/obscure titles are concerned, if can't find it at Laser Blaser (in West L. A.), I bite the bullet and order them online at Amazon UK or UK Blackstar.Posted Image

#40 of 45 OFFLINE   Paul D G

Paul D G

    Screenwriter



  • 1,643 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 24 2001

Posted June 05 2003 - 02:38 AM

An article appeared today on Business Wire which essentially states that while downloading music is cutting into CD sales, another huge issue is the lack of decent music for mature buyers.

I share part of this article because it refers back to my comment that I can never find what I want at places like Tower.

http://home.business....ewID=news_view



I certainly fall into this category.

-paul

[edited 6.06 to give proper URL, hopefully. Tested on my end by pasting directly in new browser window and it worked]




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users