Tesco releasing vinyl will be terrible for us all - - Mixmag
Search Menu
Home Latest News Menu

Tesco releasing vinyl will be terrible for us all

Say goodbye to your local record store

  • Charlie Case
  • 4 September 2015

All good things must come to an end and just as the vinyl resurgence looks like its getting healthier every day Tesco rears its ugly head and says: "That looks profitable. I want in on that!"

Not content with helping destroy the livelihoods of farmers, local businesses and the Amazon rainforest, Tesco has now announced it wants to have a go at bringing ruin to the flourishing, but barely stable vinyl industry.

This month will see the trial run release of Iron Maiden's new album on wax across 55 of its biggest stores, which if successful could result in them stocking a much wider collection and bringing disaster for the rest of us.

Independent record stores already live a delicate existence as it is. If they are to go toe-to-toe with the much larger supermarkets, with more money and more resources, how are they expected to keep afloat? Tesco could easily wipe out independent record stores just as they have wiped out local businesses across the country.

We may be amidst a vinyl revolution right now, but we must be realistic. Vinyl music sales may have been the biggest they've been since 1995 last year, but this still only accounted for 2 per cent of the entire music market, towered still by digital sales, which Tesco has already tried and failed to get in on. Vinyl is still a minuscule market, but one that many stores rely on to stay afloat.

 
 
Next Page »
Loading...
Loading...
Newsletter 2

Mixmag will use the information you provide to send you the Mixmag newsletter using Mailchimp as our marketing platform. You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us. By clicking sign me up you agree that we may process your information in accordance with our privacy policy. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.