I have a confession to make… I love my local record store. One that always has new releases, one that has cool people who work hard and help out when people need to find something, and one that does it’s part to help promote local musicians, venues, and shows.
Honestly, the only nefarious thing about the place seems to be the amount of time it spends trying to find ways of separating me from all my damn money with an overabundance of awesome music. But I digress, poor impulse control is my own problem, not theirs. That, and I don’t mind pumping money into a good establishment and walking out with an armload of new stuff.
Syracuse wants to take away my record store, and I don’t want one of the only cool places in my city to get forced out because of politics. Seriously, whatever the problem there may be, and whatever anyone has to say about it, I’d bet if someone was able to throw enough money at the right people, there probably wouldn’t be an issue right now. But, if you’ve paid any attention to the music industry over the past decade or so, you know it’s not all gravy anymore.
The following is from Save Sound Garden’s Facebook (give it a like and share if you would.) Please read it/share it/retweet it/like it/whatever, and help keep a great store alive.
“We’re fielding a lot of questions about why the proposed ordinance would cause the Soundgarden to close. Here’s the scoop:
Soundgarden has been cooperating with the police since they opened their doors. They routinely make a copy of the ID of anyone selling used merchandise. If someone is flagged as a criminal they are banned from selling anything.
The new ordinance would require not only copies of the seller’s ID, but an ITEMIZATION of EVERY item; all information must be entered into a POLICE DATABASE.
(Yep, you heard that right. Police.)
WHAT THIS LOOKS LIKE IN REAL LIFE – customers at the Soundgarden routinely sell overflowing boxes of stuff. Collections. Dozens, sometimes hundreds of CDs, records and DVDs. EACH ITEM will need to be entered into the database. Items they pay $.25 for and sell for a buck will require extra man hours of handling; hardly worth it from a business standpoint. And how would you like to catalog a collection of 1200 vinyl records?
WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? Let’s say you sell your Bon Jovi CD to SG for $1, and someone happens to steal the same CD from Wal-Mart that week. The police will now be able to “have a conversation” with you. Pretty appealing, right? To add insult to injury, CDs and the like do not have serial numbers. You can’t prove someone stole a CD simply because they sold one to Soundgarden.
OTHER KEY POINTS:
All resale merchandise would need to be held for 7 days, similar to a pawn shop. The Soundgarden takes in approximately 15,000 items a month. Holding that much merchandize back would require renting or buying additional storage space.
(Have you priced space in Armory Square lately?)
The ordinance requires an 8:00pm curfew, thus cutting back the hours the store is allowed to be open. A huge percentage of the store’s sales happen after 8pm.
If this ordinance is passed, it will make Syracuse the only city in the ENTIRE COUNTRY that does not have an exemption for used record stores.
(Is that better or worse than being known as the snowiest city in NY?)
So ask yourself:
1. Are you willing to go into a police database just to unload your collection of 80’s hair metal CDs?
2. Do you think a business should be forced take on significant overhead in order to comply with a law that will, in the end, benefit no one?
3. Are you willing to lose a successful local business that give a lot back to the community?”