How come record stores always charge high for audiophile pressings?

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by 12" 45rpm, Dec 26, 2019.

  1. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New York City
    99% of record stores play records on low-fi equipment, yet they all know the value of audiophile pressings.. Am I the only one who finds this a bit ironic?
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2019
  2. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

  3. Kristofa

    Kristofa I dream of wires

    Eugene, Oregon
    Hearing LPs played in record stores can be excruciating. It can sound like a dirty stylus on a dirty LP played back through PA speakers. Not precisely the ideal way to sell LPs off the turntable. I always loved the weird planets-aligned days working in a CD store when most things we played sold as it was playing so we had to turn it off.
  4. ispace

    ispace Forum Resident

    Sydney Australia
    Your message is incongruent with the thread title
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  5. fmfxray373

    fmfxray373 Forum Resident

    san diego
    I would imagine most indie stores today play beater copies. I doubt they are throwing the latest MFSL on the Crosley.
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  6. cwitt1980

    cwitt1980 Forum Resident

    Carbondale, IL USA
    Most records stores I've been to aren't playing junk on junky turntables. Sometimes you may be in one and they're testing out a record that may look bad. But hey, let's get angry at the little shops that are barely breaking even because they're not as snooty as their rich customers.

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