What can I do with CD backlog?
It sounds like you've realized that people aren't going to buy these CDs, but you're reluctant to toss them in the landfill. This is definitely a painful place to be. Have you thought about giving the stock back to the artists? If any of the artists are still touring/performing live, they might be able to sell them off-stage. If you feel like you need to make some money out of it, sell them back to the artists for a buck apiece, or on consignment. The sad fact is, after about 18 months you can expect the demand for almost any CD release to drop off to near-flatline levels. Coupled with the fact that most "long tail" music sales are digital, your many boxes of plastic are probably not going to turn into gold anytime soon. So you should probably hang on to a dozen of each release (they may have time capsule value in 20 years!), and prepare to get rid of the rest in the most ecologically sensible fashion possible. If you haven't done so, you should deliver a few copies to Library and Archives Canada. They keep an archive of Canadian music. You can find more info at www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/index-e.html. The Toronto Public Library might take a few off your hands too.
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