Good Deals on amazon.com (part3) Busting this out as its own from Amazon Deal thread: lv70smusic said: ↑ I think brick and mortar stores started to reject returns when the record labels started rejecting returns. ↑ See @lv70smusic 's post above - many brick and mortar shops can't return vinyl to the labels for credit the way they used to be able to do. Some will do so for customer goodwill, but they're eating the cost of that return. ↑ Which is one possible explanation of why some stores are pricing above list. It’s to help cover these costs. ↑ Yup. Music is now sold unreturnable to retailers. So every time the customer returns something, they eat it. This has been the case since CDs took over in the late 80s. I worked closely with buyers at a now defunct national music chain and can say with no uncertainty that music was wholesale priced with a built in allowance shown right on the invoice that the retailer received a discount when they purchased the product to cover the retailer for a certain percentage of returns. In the long run it saved the retailer and the label money by discounting the wholesale price and skipping the return process. The sad song story from retailers about eating the price is pure bunk.