Published Apr 18, 2011Following much fanfare and lead-up time, the 2011 edition of Record Store Day attracted droves of eager vinyl lovers to record stores across the globe as they sought exclusive releases on Saturday (April 16). There was, however, also a large pocket of record collectors looking to flip the exclusive releases, many of whom already made a pretty penny this weekend.
Just like last year, a quick search over on eBay reveals that some collector scum have made big bucks off of some Record Store Day exclusives. The biggest sale, by far, was Ed Banger Records' The Bee Sides, a box of five seven-inches featuring new and rare tracks from Justice, SebastiAn, Busy P and others. Of the few completed auctions with this set, someone in the UK shelled out approximately $485 Canadian. That's nearly $100 per seven-inch!
Ed Banger Records didn't have the only box set on the auction block, however, as the Flaming Lips' Heady Nuggs five-LP box also racked up about $170 in its sale (though it sold for about $120 originally), while Beady Eye's triple seven-inch box sold for nearly $100.
Another eagerly sought item was Big Star's Third, which was reissued in a deluxe "test pressing" edition, including studio notes and detailed packaging. One in every 300 pressed also came with a legitimate test pressing from the original release. The highest the record went for nearly $200, with several other sales not far behind.
Despite the fact that its getting a proper North American release in June, the exclusive Radiohead twelve-inch featuring the tracks "Supercollider" and "The Butcher" is fetching a great deal of green as well, with several copies going for about $120.
Similarly, the Daft Punk picture disc featuring the three most Daft Punk-sounding songs from their Tron: Legacy soundtrack, as well as a previously unreleased bonus cut, is bringing in about $80 a copy.
Fucked Up's fictional David's Town compilation went for just over $60 Canadian, bought from a seller who announced that the record was limited to 800. Over on the Fucked Up blog, the band commented on the sale with the following statement:
-THERE ARE 2000 COPIES OF DAVIDS TOWN.
-IF YOU BUY IT ON EBAY NOW INSTEAD OF WAITING 2 WEEKS FOR THE PRICE TO GO DOWN YOU ARE DUMB
-THE PRICE WILL GO DOWN ON EBAY IN TWO WEEKS JUST LIKE LAST YEAR
These were just some of the many Record Store Day exclusives that have already been flipped on eBay. While record stores undoubtedly benefitted greatly from the added traffic through their stores, these auctioneers had money go into their pockets instead of the stores who sold them.
Is this a moral faux pas or just a deserved reward for those who showed up early and nabbed the exclusives? Let us know what you think in the comments below.