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Do any of you buy your music off Amazon?


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In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012, 11:07:19 AM PST
Miriam says:
There are some things I hate to leave on the office computer so I've made only two purchases on it: a ticket to a show and an Amazon Lightning Deal. Both fulfilled two criteria: they were severely time-limited and they had to be done through a real computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 7, 2012, 11:21:57 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 7, 2012, 12:10:35 PM PST
Miriam says:
The Amazon MP3 Downoader creates its own folder. When you use the Downloader for the first time it asks whether it should save the filed to iTunes, or to WMP, or if it should do nothing (in that case it saves it to yourHD, IIRC in My Documents. and you can put the folder in My Music or wherever you like - future Amazon MP3s will find that folder. Search your hard drive if you don't remember where you put it.

You can also download directly to a portable device if you have the Amazon MP3 app and a platform that supports it.

Posted on Mar 7, 2012, 11:34:07 AM PST
Savage Lucy says:
What I normally do if I can't get something off Amazon is I -shop- on a public computer, but when I find something I want to purchase I'll use my phone to buy it. Which is tedious zooming in and out, but better than entering my secret card information.

It's already entered on Amazon, and nobody else uses this computer (They're also wiped periodically). I figure it's safe enough. I have terrible credit and no money, so who'd want to steal my identity anyway?

Posted on Mar 7, 2012, 7:18:28 PM PST
Half Price Books isn't bad...you can often get really good deals there not just on CDs, but DVD's as well.

Posted on Mar 10, 2012, 9:26:41 PM PST
Miriam says:
I suppose everyone on this thread buys some music from Amazon; that's why they're here. I get most of my music downloads from Amazon and buy some of my CDs from Amazon.

Other places where I buy CD's:

Barnes & Noble (brick & mortar stores)
ArkivMusic
CDBaby
Label websites
Gift shops at museums, concert halls, etc. and sale tables at concerts
Starbucks
Yard sales, etc. for used CDs

I also bought CDs at Tower Records when it had brick & mortar stores. I have accounts at HB Direct and Deep Discount, but I haven't ordered from them yet. Nor have I yet ordered a CD from an artist website, tho I may in the future.

Other places where I download music (free or purchased):

Last.fm (free downloads)
CDBaby
Artists' websites
Amplifier (a New Zealand company devoted to New Zealand artists)

There may be some other places that I don't remember offhand.

I've bought one or two CDs from Amazon Marketplace, when there was an o.p. CD that I really, really wanted. I wish I could remember who the third party dealers were, for the sake of those who are interested, because I was entirely satisfied.

Posted on Mar 11, 2012, 7:48:07 AM PDT
sowhat says:
Hell yes I buy all my music from Market Sellers off AMAZON. You can get most CD'S for a pittance. I have only got burned a couple of times and actually I can't count that for I've made some bad choices in music and if I don't like them I just put them in the garbage.
I recently saw that Barnes & Nobles are about to file for bankruptsy, the only viable thing they've got to sell is the NOOK.
I con't doubt it they charge too damn much for this CD's & Books..

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2012, 7:49:52 AM PDT
sowhat says:
Movie Mars is great except for one thing. They ship in this flimsy plastic envelopes with no padding whatever and this tends to damage the merchandise. I complained of this but they seemed to like to ship that way and I could tell they have no plans to change... other than that they are GREAT

Posted on Mar 11, 2012, 7:53:58 AM PDT
sowhat says:
For Christmas I got a coffee table book which I didn't want. I knew for a fact that my son bought it at Barnes & Nobles.
when I took it the first day after xmas, the clerk said they could only credit me with AMAZON's price for the item because AMAZON sold it for so much less... at that point, get me the manager they did and I got a full credit...

Posted on May 27, 2012, 8:24:45 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
For the person "Tessa" who could not find her downloaded MP3's , here's what I had to do :

The Amazon downloader now DEFAULTS to "The Cloud". Where that is and where it goes I could not tell you. I want it in my windows media player, and it wasn't there, or anywhere that I could find. So here's what I did - Delete the amazon downloader completely off your computer. I think I went into "programs and features" and deleted the program there, as any other files under "my computer".

THEN redownload it BUT be sure to UNTICK the default "send my music to the cloud" First! It then nicely downloaded right to my windows media player as before (I have windows vista).

I buy probably way too many CD's lately here on amazon. It's usually a combination of new but cheap with free super saver shipping, and then amazon marketplace new and used. Moviemars is great, so is blowitouttahere. I also pick various other sellers too many to name. I look for certain things like in the U.S. , good ratings usually 97% or above, I usually read through a few pages of the ratings . I avoid goodwill, or the cheapest item.

I also look for it to say something like "Comes with complete artwork", if I'm not familiar with the seller. I haven't had too many problems and on the whole have been very pleased. Usually the marketplace seller CD's arrive Before the new amazon ones. I just compare the price Including the $2.98 for the marketplace ones. If the total comes out $2.00 or more less I'll buy from the marketplace.

I've also taken someone's advice and gone to the library lately. Hey it's free. They are very scratched but rip and sync fine anyhow. I used to buy from E bay eons ago. But I've never signed up for paypal, so now that prevents me from E bay.

I also keep new blank CD jewel cases in stock . I Expect them to show up broken, and am pleasantly surprised when they are actually totally intact.

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Posted on May 27, 2012, 10:18:53 PM PDT
I buy a lot of music here off Amazon. Sellers should combine shipping for multiple purchases and or offer the valued (the buyer who keeps buying from the same seller) customer a free shipping coupon to use on the next purchase.

Posted on May 27, 2012, 10:38:36 PM PDT
Craighead says:
Although Amazon charges the Buyer $2.98, they keep $.65 or in other words the 3rd party seller gets $2.33. In addition a seller pays Amazon either $1.00 per item or a flat $40.00 per month. Not many 3p's sell over 400 items per month. This means that it costs about $.10 per item to sell on Amazon. Rarely can a C D be shipped for less than $1.80. In addition the cost of shipping materials ranges from maybe $.10 to $.50 A seller considers himself or herself lucky if they break even on shipping.
Regis Patoff

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In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012, 10:56:37 PM PDT
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Craighead says:
Third party sellers have no control over the receipt and disbursing of sale proceeds. There isn't means by which a seller could provide or process a coupon, as such. Not the mega sellers ( so prominent in this discussion ) but many 3P sellers, if requested prior to shipping will refund excessive shipping charges. See the post above for a breakdown of shipping revenue and expenses.
Regus Patoff

Posted on May 28, 2012, 11:55:23 AM PDT
I buy all my music from Amazon, I can't get music anywhere else. At least the stuff I listen to. The shipping charge is not that high. I spread out my purchases out.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 12:13:31 PM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
With the increasing lack of stores around that sell CDs and vinyl, a music lover pretty much has to rely on purchasing their musical needs off Amazon and Ebay. There's no way around it, unless you live in a market like New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago which still believe in record stores.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 12:16:19 PM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
Heller says: "Movie Mars is great except for one thing. They ship in this flimsy plastic envelopes with no padding whatever and this tends to damage the merchandise. I complained of this but they seemed to like to ship that way and I could tell they have no plans to change... other than that they are GREAT".

One other major problem with Movie Mars -- many of the CDs they sell are imports from Argentina with inferior sound quality. They don't advertise these as such, so you never know what you are getting.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 2:58:04 PM PDT
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alysha25 says:
"Robert Bykowski says:

Heller says: "Movie Mars is great except for one thing. They ship in this flimsy plastic envelopes with no padding whatever and this tends to damage the merchandise. I complained of this but they seemed to like to ship that way and I could tell they have no plans to change... other than that they are GREAT".

One other major problem with Movie Mars -- many of the CDs they sell are imports from Argentina with inferior sound quality. They don't advertise these as such, so you never know what you are getting. "

@Robert Bykowski
I have not found MovieMars packaging any worse than others. Usually they arrive in one piece and unbroken. Though the plastic CD jewel cases Tend to break very, very easily. I have found as many brand new straight from amazon direct as broken as from any other seller. That's why I buy packages of blank new jewel cases, solves the issue. As long as the Cd and artwork are intact, I'm good.

BUT I have been curious how they and some others can sell brand new but cheaper than amazon direct new? Imports from Argentina? How can you tell? Or how do you know? And how would I know the sound quality is inferior? I'm not really am audiophile. Just wondering.

I guess what I'm asking is - is the recording itself any different, does it have less bits per second or whatever (sorry can't think of the correct term) ? The last shipment DiD arrive , or was shipped by something like "GlobalDHL" , and then to U.S. Postal Service, so maybe it really does come from another country?

Posted on May 28, 2012, 3:02:43 PM PDT
I buy almost all my music from Amazon. I usually at least $25.00 at a time to qualify from the super free shipping. It knocks off $5 to 6 bucks a pop.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 3:08:25 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
I always spend at least $25 also and always get the super saver. Doesn't bother me at all to wait about a week. It usually shows up quicker than the estimated date.
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In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012, 3:38:52 PM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
alysha25,

The imports from Argentina have a small silver sticker right on the front case of the CDs, and when you read where the CD has been manufactured on the back or on the CD itself, it will say so. As far as the sound quality, if you compare these CDs with those manufactured in the U.S., the difference becomes quite obvious after you've heard a few. I'm serious.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 4:07:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012, 4:09:40 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
@ Robert Bykowski,

Thanks for the info! You know I DID pull a small silver sticker off the front of the jewel case of one the other day. I thought it was maybe one of those magnetic things to prevent theft. It's "Morrison Hotel" by the Doors. And on the back in tiny print it Does say "Industria ARGENTINA" , it also says "Rhino, electra, DMC, Warner music"

It did come from MovieMars. But that's the only one I've found so far. Though I have not gone over all the CD's I bought from them with a magnifying glass (though I probably will now!) . It does also say "por Warner music Argentina" on the disc itself around the rim (Tiny print).

A lot of them say "made in the EU". In fact the majority of the CD's I bought recently say "Made in the EU", and those are from a variety of sellers and also new straight from amazon.

Oh Well, I'll see if I can hear any difference. Of course I don't have any other copy of Morrison Hotel to compare it too. I don't think I've ever had that particular album before in any form. It's hard to resist when someone is selling New for like $10 less than the New amazon one. Especially double CD or new reissued double with bonus songs etc. that are normally around $20 .

edit: I also just noticed the Morrison Hotel disc itself has some little scratches going around, strange for a New disc.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 4:54:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 28, 2012, 5:11:03 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
I DO have a "Best of " 2 CD Doors compilation that has 2 of the same songs though "Roadhouse Blues" and "Waiting for the Sun". So I gave both these songs a listen on both . First time didn't hear any difference. But the second time I DO hear a difference! However I cannot say it's the disc quality though. My guess if they're different versions or remasters, especially since they are 2 different albums.

Here's the 2 things I noticed different on "Roadhouse Blues", on the "Best of" disc , it's like a nice even polished remaster, and on Morrison Hotel it's kind-of a "raw" version. In fact it's kind-of cool hearing these 2 different versions. On "Morrison Hotel" at the beginning of "Roadhouse Blues, before you even hear Morrison's voice, a horn blares all loud. On the "Best of" version you can Barely hear the horn, it's a very noticable difference.

Then a little past midway , as Morrison sings on "Morrison Hotel " version, there's an "echo" of his voice, it could be him being played back, or even someone else singing, but it sounds like a faint echo of Morrison "Ashen - Lady Give up Your Vows" , on the "Best Of " version I cannot hear that echo at all.

I almost like the "raw" unpolished version better.

I notice there's a Newer big Best of the Doors CD came out recently. Some people criticize that his voice has been way scaled back. I don't have it but would be interesting to hear it and compare. After hearing just these 2 CD's I can see how much of a difference. I'll bet they tried to polish it up, but got rid of all the raw roughness of his voice, and most of his voice in the process too. Sorry to go all OT here.

edit: I'm thinking it might be Ray Manzarek singing in the backround. BTW all this is being played through my cheapo Logitech computer speakers.

Posted on May 28, 2012, 9:04:56 PM PDT
DFWTexan42 says:
I used to buy CDs from Best Buy all the time, back in the 90s, when practically the entire middle of the store was devoted to music. But their music dept is now an shadow of it's former glory. That's why I started to buy online, better selection.

Also shop at Half Price Books fairly regular. Useful if you are willing to browse, and just see what catches your attention. Much less so if you are after something specific, since their stock is used and overstocks.

I'm gonna sound like an corporate shill, but as soon I found out I could get free shipping with Amazon Prime, I signed up. Seems steep at first, $80/year, but it payed for itself in my saved shipment costs within about 90 days. The free streaming of some TV shows and movies was an nice side benefit.

I also download quite an bit in Amazon MP3 and Kindle purchases, just too convenient to pass up. Watch the price thought, sometimes the physical CD or Book itself is cheaper, if you have free shipping.
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