So, Cyber Monday is tomorrow. I don’t do Black Friday, because you have to wear camoflague, be able to run fast in combat boots and have had your flu shot. Mace helps too. And, besides, there is no reason for a manicure – all that nail clawing. Just like road rage…it’s mall rage! So, from the safety of the computer…I will do Cyber Monday, although I think it’s just all what you would pay anyway, drawing us in to ‘fantasy savings’ and payments! When did Cyber Monday begin anyway? But, this year, I’ll play the game just for comparison shopping sake.
I wondered what to get many of my Country Music friends for Christmas. Ah! Amazon.com would be the perfect place to start! Start is the key word here.
The history of Country Music in books attracted me first – so I headed down the cyber yellow brick road to Amazon.com.
Ten pages later in the search, I realized that with 1,614 results, all being only the historical books side of Country Music, I could be buried in a search for weeks with this Amazonian stockpile. But, started, I did. Here are just a few examples and deal comparisons:
The Encyclopedia of Country Music: The Ultimate Guide to the Music by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and Paul Kingsbury (Dec 16, 2004) Amazon order is $32.00 new with free super saving shipping, saving about $7.00. Check out their other suggested sellers and it is from $23.78 new and used from $9.27.
The Grand Ole Opry History of Country Music: 70 Years of the Stars, the Songs, and the Stories by Paul Kingsbury and Dolly Parton (foreward) (Oct 3, 1995) No Amazon order, but you can get this book also from their suggested list of sellers from $20 new to $0.1 used? Collectibles range from $7.00.
On to the book, Country Music Sources: A Biblio-Discography of Commercially Recorded Traditional Music by Guthrie T. Jr. Meade and Doug Meade (Jan 17, 2007)Amazon order is $120.95 new (free shipping) or order from their list of sellers as low as $89.95 new and from $99.00 used – a giant compilation and great deal, if you want to trust the other sellers.
Ok, on to Country Music! Comparing for Cyber Monday:
I wondered about Amazon’s new releases in Country Music. Surprisingly there were only 109 albums and MP3 downloads (All this Country Music and not a Texan in the 109 bunch!) everything from Tears, Lies, And Alibis by Shelby Lynne (Audio CD – 2010) $9.99 new – a Cyber Monday deal from $8.03? It must be the special ‘shipping discount?’ Buy it used from $6.96 or download the MP3 album for $9.49. Not seeing a deal there.
Take a look at ‘The Bluegrass Sessions” by Merle Haggard ‘(Audio CD – 2007) Amazon’s cost – $11.79 new. Cyber Monday deal – $8.57 new and $4.37 used. Of course you can download Merle’s album on Amazon.com as an MP3 for $9.99.
Compare Shelby and Merle’s two examples to ITunes, Shelby’s album is $9.99 and Merle’s is $9.99. No mention of Cyber Monday on ITunes.
What about CD Baby? Not there for Shelby. Merle’s was also not there.
Trying the actual websites of these artists? Merle’s ‘Bluegrass Sessions’ is $ 21.99. Shelby’s ‘Tears, Lies and Alibis’ on her website takes you back to Amazon.com
Ok, so, where are our TEXAS new releases and music? The results of the search for Texas Country music releases were 2,563 results. But on Amazon, our new releases totaled only 18!
Checking out costs on two Texas releases:
Radney Foster’s ‘Revival’ on Amazon: $13.75 new. From Amazon’s other sellers: $9.55 new and from $9.35 used. (Also note that Radney has his own store listed on Amazon – but it is also an Amazon page with the same $13.75 new price.
Compare that to ITunes, ‘Revival’ is $9.99. Again, no mention of Cyber Monday, but a great deal.
CD Baby? No, Radney nor ‘Revival’ were there.
The best deal comes from Radney’s website: ‘Revival’ is $10.00 and if you order on his website, he’ll sign it! Pay an extra penny for Radney’s signature…oh, yes!
Next, let’s try:
‘American Classic (Special Edition with Bonus Track, “My Buddy”)’ by Willie Nelson (Audio CD – 2009) Again, Amazon sends you to their list of suggested sellers. All range from the lowest $15.99 new and from $4.75 used.
Compare the same on ITunes, ‘Willie’s American Classic ‘ is $9.99 (Best deal.)
CD Baby – Willie’s ‘American Classic’ is nowhere to be found.
Willie Nelson’s Official Website sends you to Amazon and ITunes.
So, Amazon has some Cyber Monday deals, ITunes does not and CD Baby has nada. And hey! Although, I love them all, what does Taylor Swift, Elvis, and all these other artists like Blake Shelton doing on Amazon in TEXAS new releases? Ok, no fair, just because he’s married to Miranda.
Then, what about Country Music bobblehead dolls. But, wait. There are none online, except Elvis and Bob Marley bobbleheads (not Country) but from $39.95 to the $400 collector’s Bob! One custom made bobblehead starts at $99. Can’t we have one Texas Country Music icon have one done?
Meanwhile, I think I’ll go for the albums from my favorite Texas artists’ websites. It’s such a thrill to see their virtual faces smile when I buy on their pages. It’s simple and makes you feel more connected when you hit that ‘pay’ button!
Happy Cybering Monday!