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Ipsa
November 14, 2006 at 12:31 pm

lol
I think this one’s quite awesome.

Gone Retro
November 14, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Fairly not bad.

Tauntaun13
November 14, 2006 at 12:37 pm

Virgin Megastores are too expensive where I come from. I’ve only shopped on them once or twice.

TeratoMarty
November 14, 2006 at 12:48 pm

I don’t get the virgin fetish. They’re scared, hung-up, and generally rubbish in bed. Maybe Abe is hoping that they won’t notice how he’s rubbish in bed? Anyhow, the Virgin Megastore here in Boston is going out of business- I really didn’t think they did that.

Spock 1701
November 14, 2006 at 4:12 pm

*giggles wildly* haha..virgin.. rotflol

sardine
November 14, 2006 at 4:42 pm

iPod…? What’s that? I’m resistant to change as I still use a rotary phone

LovleAnjel
November 14, 2006 at 4:50 pm

As long as I’m not the only one who has been bitching about the price of CDs relative to actual cost of manufacture…you support the band more by attending concerts and buying stuff there, than by purchasing it from any music store…

Army of Darkness
November 14, 2006 at 5:20 pm

1. Cds are way too expensive for what you’re buying.

2. I dont download stuff as Im tight fisted, and my 40gig harddrive would be full in minutes with my eclectic taste in music.

3. If I do fancy a new Cd, which isnt very often, then I now wait a few weeks after its released, and some cheap ones appear on ebay- save yourselves a bucket that way. Then I copy the good tracks onto my PC.

4. Virgins….. not many of those where I live.

5. I do like it when Bernie gets topical with his comic, its like making learning fun.

6. God bless you B, you da man!

kiramuse
November 14, 2006 at 10:54 pm

The first time I ever heard of a Virgin Megastore was at an "indoor outlet" mall. I am surprised that it’s even labeled as an "outlet" mall when the prices there seem just as bad (if not worse) than regular malls. Why bother going when you’re still paying the high prices for a CD as you would at Sam Goody or FYE? Go figure.

But I really do love today’s comic, Bernie. Rock on, mon capitaine.

~kiramuse

Smiley
November 15, 2006 at 2:18 am

The last CD I bought was a few weeks ago. It was five bucks.

megabigBLUR
November 15, 2006 at 9:00 am

Looks like nobody’s told Abe about Virgin Airlines yet.

Private Whore
November 15, 2006 at 9:18 am

TeratoMarty wrote:
I don’t get the virgin fetish. They’re scared, hung-up, and generally rubbish in bed.

You’re the first to do ‘em? It’s like the difference between new clothes or your cousin’s hand-me-downs…

Ok…

Anyhoo, last cd I bought was like 2 weeks ago. Metallica’s …and justice for all.

Shin-Goji
November 15, 2006 at 12:03 pm

As a former manager of a Musicland, Sam Goody and Recordtown for the better part of five years, I have to weigh in on this.
I could never understand how chain stores EVER stayed in business. Maybe it was just that there was no alternative. Did you know it only cost $1 more to create a CD than it did a cassette? We were promised that CD’s would drop in price after the initial release, and they didn’t. I watched as a brand new cd from the latest and most popular boy bands would sell BRAND NEW for $21.99. It would be ON SALE for $20.99. Dead f’in serious.
I would see military guys fresh off the base drop $100 for just four CD’s without blinking, knowing that about 20 minutes away they could go to a local chain called Manifest and get brand new CD’s for $13.99.
Then Best Buy came into the picture. Every store was shaking in their boots The Musicland Group filed for Chapter 11 almost immediately. You could go to BB and get CD’s for $5 to $8 cheaper than the mall stores, and they were right across the street! Plus the staff wouldn’t bug you.
What always got me was Musicland’s crappy "Replay" music club. You wouldn’t get a discount, instead you had to buy $100 worth of CD’s to get a coupon mailed to yoru house for one free CD. They would force us to sell at least 4 of these a week or you’d get fired.
Napster didn’t kill the music industry. Paying $18.99 for one halfway decent song on a crappy CD did. Napster just leveled the playing field.
*Whew*
In other news, an excellent comic as always. Your skill continues to amaze me.

Chloeee
November 15, 2006 at 12:36 pm

Shin-Goji wrote:
Napster didn’t kill the music industry. Paying $18.99 for one halfway decent song on a crappy CD did.

Exactly. There still could theoretically be a market for CDs, because there’s at least a little something nice about buying a new CD and popping it into your stereo, and having the cover art and booklet and everything… but not at those prices.

Also, I love how Abe and Preston’s closet has all those t-shirts and clothes, when neither of them ever wear anything.

:x
Chloe

Sal
November 15, 2006 at 12:59 pm

last cd i bought was last week and it was Peeping Tom’s (=Mike Patton’s) Peeping Tom.

when it comes to buying music, i’m a compulsive.
i love buying cd’s.
i hate them for being so expensive.
and i continue to love them tragically.

although i must admit my buying rate dropped considerably this year.

the Virgin Megastore in London’s Picadilly Circus was like a spiritual experience to me. all this music. by all those artists i dig. in one place. and some of them are even buyable (5£ on sale is not bad).

record stores back here in Poland suck so bad it almost makes me weep.

Tyris
November 15, 2006 at 2:46 pm

I get most of my media from boot sales. Never pay more than £2 for an album and £5 for a DVD, that’s my motto; if the seller won’t go that cheap there’s someone else who will. (Always check for scratches first, though.)

Jas86
November 16, 2006 at 4:45 am

Hell yeah for King’s X!

I saw them down in Phoenix with Chris Poland’s OHM. It was just a small club show, but it was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Rocktavia
November 16, 2006 at 7:26 pm

What’s great about this strip is that the Virgin megastores are so big that I wouldn’t be surprised if they actually had an aisle for virgins…

… I couldn’t imagine how that would sell, but still.

Lady Lunacy
November 21, 2006 at 11:08 am

I love CD’s. I have a collection that woudl take up a whole bookcase (well, a small one anyway). I burn my own as well.

I do not love the prices. Which is why in college I tended to check the small store in the shopping strip near campus before going up to Providence Place to buy a CD. Or I ordered them online, where I could have my pick from teh new and used.

If I want a CD, I can now take the bus downtown to Cutler’s and see if they have it. Their prices tend to actually be lower than chain stores, though not always by much. Failing that, I check out Amazon for song samples and then try to find tracks on eMule. Can’t always find the whole album though, so I end up searching track by track, but it beats forking over 20 bucks for one disc.

BoredomBunny
November 29, 2006 at 9:32 pm

Hey, I’d thought I’d chime in on this topic since I am an employee at the Virgin Megastore in Orange, CA. As of right now, we’re actually doing fairly well, especially since Tower closed and we inherited their Star Lounge CD promotion. If you just check in frequently you’re likely to walk into one of our random sales where you actually get great CDs for less than $10, and so far nearly every night of this year we’ve been beating plan ("Plan" is the amount of money we made on that day the year before, and thus our goal for that day). Given, this is just the store I work at, which is the most prosperous in California, and our store in Boston just closed down, too.

But hey! Employee discounts on CDs, DVDs, and clothing is about 40%, so it’s an especially awesome place if you work there.

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