Published Apr 13, 2020Amazon recently halted the shipments of "non-essential" items, which meant the online retailer stopped the sale of CDs and vinyl. Now, it appears Amazon will begin hawking music again, but considering the current state of record stores, is this even a good thing?
As the Wall Street Journal reports, Amazon's warehouses will once again open their doors to music merch from third-party sellers, such as record labels and distributors.
"Later this week, we will allow more products into our fulfillment centres," an Amazon spokeswoman told the publication. "Products will be limited by quantity to enable us to continue prioritizing products and protecting employees, while also ensuring most selling partners can ship goods into our facilities."
That said, you might want to consider buying your music locally during these trying times. After all, most record shops are now doing delivery, and they no doubt need your help a lot more than a mega retailer like Amazon.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Record Store Day has been postponed until June, and it's unclear if the event will even happen then. And if it does, it's unclear if record stores would even have the extra cash to load up on RSD inventory.
Read more on how the COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on record stores across Canada, as well as follow Exclaim!'s list of Canadian music and film events affected by coronavirus.