Amoeba Hollywood morphs into t-shirt store

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  1. Marty T

    Marty T Stereo Fan Thread Starter

    I had trouble finding the oldies vinyl at Amoeba Hollywood today. It weren't where it used t'be. To my surprise, I had even more trouble finding the rock/pop CD section. The section used to be featured front and center and back through the middle of the store. In its place, there are now several racks of rock n' roll t-shirts. I'm talkin' a ton of 'em! All the rock and pop CD's have been moved to the used section - which is probably a better idea BUT they've cut the rock/pop CD stock on the floor -both new and used - in half. The area that used to be devoted strictly to used rock/pop CD's now incorporates both the used and new CD's.

    I take this as a bad sign. It's what we saw in the days leading up to the closing of Tower Records where the bean counters figured they needed to feature general merchandise instead of music. On the plus side, the vinyl LP section looked as healthy as ever and there were a good number of customers flipping through LP's on a Friday afternoon.

    Oh, the oldies LP's and CD's have been moved into the Jazz room.
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  2. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    A sign of the times. They're discovering what savvy merchandisers like Newbury Comics have known for years.
  3. bRETT

    bRETT Senior Member

    Boston MA
    They're certainly enough of a record store that I spent $162.57 there last week.
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  4. Marry a Carrot

    Marry a Carrot Interesting blues gets a convincing reading.

    Los Angeles
    It's not quite cut in half, since they had to move the oldies (which you mentioned), country, and punk sections to make room.
  5. Ignatius

    Ignatius Forum Resident

    "I went to Amoeba Records for music and all I got was this lousy..."
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  8. DPM

    DPM Forum Resident

    Nevada, USA
    I was there about ten days ago, and I noticed the changes right away. Hopefully, this is not a sign of financial trouble. The store was pretty busy during the Sunday morning/early afternoon I was perusing the bins. The marathon that was going on that day (with many blocked off streets) didn't seem to hurt business. I made some good finds too. I certainly did my part to support that grand brick-and-mortar temple of music by departing with a significant number of my $.
  9. zephyr25

    zephyr25 Forum Resident

    Thought they were moving?
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  10. zphage

    zphage genre fluid

    Why listen to the music when you can own the t-shirt?!
  11. lightbulb

    lightbulb Not the Brightest of the Bunch

    Smogville CA USA
    Since they set up shop in Southern California, Amoeba seemed to be "bucking the trend" and expanding (or at least holding it's own ) while the music store competition seemed to be dwindling in size, this is disheartening news...

    Well, since this Amoeba IS a CD's throw from the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, I guess tacky movie tchotchkes, James Dean mugs, Marilyn Monroe posters, and Al Pacino Scarface t-shirts may follow.
    I just hope they don't start stocking $300 bongs.
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  12. mmars982

    mmars982 Forum Resident

    Pittsburgh, PA
    When I was in San Francisco & went to Amoeba there I bought a tie dye t-shirt and some target CDs. I don't remember there being much of a display, just a short hanging behind the counter with the price.
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  13. PsychGuy

    PsychGuy Forum Resident

    For the past two years or so, it felt like a ghost town wandering around the CD aisles. I tended to go on off hours/weekdays, but still ... Seemed like something had to change.

    I remember the glory days when you could barely move through the CD section for all the shoppers. Oh well ... I wish them well.
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  14. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

    As long as there is still a decent used selection I am cool with more shirts, hopefully the selection is still in tact when I get over there next
  15. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    City of Angels
    So they just moved things around and not "removed" them. Ok, sound good.
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  16. SixOClockBoos

    SixOClockBoos The Man On The Flaming Pie

    I figured since where they originally had the T-shirts before (the backroom where they have all the classical and jazz albums) wasn't getting enough traffic and they had a stockpile of the T-shirts. So they moved them to the main sales floor to probably drive up sales.
  17. Dr. Mudd

    Dr. Mudd Audient

    Glad the vinyl section is intact at least for now. Always visit when in LA, though I prefer the SF location.
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  18. CDs are passé
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  19. radickeyfan

    radickeyfan Forum Resident

    They are counting on a big RSD , they need a quick boost ...
  20. TeacFan

    TeacFan Forum Resident In Memoriam

    Arcadia, Ca.
    Shirts use to be on a step up riser area in back of the classical music room. Was wondering if they would eventually lump ALL front room CDs together in same bins. In a way, it makes sense. If you cannot find it used, a new one is right there without going an isle over.
  21. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

    Golden Gate
    That's nuthin'. The SF store is positioning itself to add a cannabis dispensary.

    If that's what it takes to hang on, I say go for it.
  22. Marty T

    Marty T Stereo Fan Thread Starter

    Ah yes. Well, it is significantly less on the floor. I'm guessing they moved a lot of CD's to storage.
  23. Marty T

    Marty T Stereo Fan Thread Starter

    That's good to hear. I had trouble finding enough good stuff today and only spent 55 clams. I usually spend a couple of hundred.
  24. Marty T

    Marty T Stereo Fan Thread Starter

    That's not quite what he's saying. The moving of the oldies section accounts for one row (a two-sided row) of CD's. Several rows of new CD's that used to be in the middle ain't there now. The point here is that Amoeba is doing what Tower did in it's final year or two. They are featuring general merchandise items in the heart of the store. This leads me to believe that t-shirt sales are up and CD sales are down.
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    Marty T Stereo Fan Thread Starter

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