Park the bus?
Evidently, it’s the kind of thing artists would be talking about these days if they talked around a water cooler. According to a friend’s email yesterday:
I’ve heard from a number of groups who are trying this or thinking about [raising cd prices]. Experimenting. With Diesel @ $5.15, concert flats only level (if they indeed get paid at all), attendance down at most events, most artists are struggling to maintain and raising table prices is one option. I spoke with one artist from
Tennesseethat had a 4 day weekend in Oklahomaand . ALL income from the 1st two days went for diesel fuel for the bus for the weekend. I don’t want to overdramatize the situation and I don’t really have a handle on the internal finances of many artists, but I’m hearing some fairly serious discussion about “parking the busses.” Texas
Well, it’s a long way from $23 cds to parking the bus. But at least parking the bus makes sense as a response to rising fuel prices.
I mean, $23 for a Dove Brothers cd? Royght. Maybe we should start a contest: who can come up with the best alternative use of that $23 for a single sg music purchase?
Even if you are one of the people who wants DBQ product badly, you can still get it for a lot less at retail, a lot easier than waiting for DBQ to come to town and jack up the price of an album. And, as Brett notes, you can get other sg product - and I might add, other better sg - at big-box stores and online for far, far less.
So in effect, groups that hike the price of product at their table are effectively exploiting the devotion, gullibility, desperation or all three of their most loyal fans. Fine, whatever. There are a lot worse ways to waste your money. And more likely, average fans will just politely stay away from the overpriced product table and get their music somewhere else. But as a leading indicator of the response to economic crisis, it’s seems sort of counterproductive in the short and long term.Email this Post