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Socoder -> Off Topic -> JPop Gets

Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 04:25
TomToad
Surprised I never came across The Brilliant Green during my JPop days. Found a few videos on YouTube, still like DAI better.
Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 04:25
Jayenkai
I still have a few Brilliant Green albums in my old MP3 Archive. Would love to be able to buy fresh (and legal!) editions via iTunes, but they're not there. Neither are Tomoko's other Tommy February and Tommy Heavenly pseudo-groups.

Plenty of DaI's stuff, though, including their lovely "2 of Us" acoustic albums.

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Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 04:45
TomToad
Bought a few CDs from yesasia.com a few years back. Looks like they have Briliant Green in stock.
Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 04:50
Jayenkai
Yeah, but insane prices, and you just know none of that's going towards the artists. I've always had that mental-battle when buying Import CDs.

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Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 08:24
TomToad
I don't see how importing CDs would keep the artist from getting any money, unless you mean money from the markup that is added. In reality, I think the artist would get more money as there is now a CD sale that wouldn't have occurred before as the CDs are not available in the US market.
Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 08:39
Jayenkai
If I'm paying "More than the price of the CD", I want "Extra cash I'm giving" to go to the artist, not just import duty and price-hiker's duty.

I know there's a lot of music that has this issue.
But it's 2018, iTunes and other digital music selling technology exists, and import bollocks shouldn't be a thing..

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Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 09:24
TomToad
But why should the artist get more? I am getting nothing extra, nor is the artist/producers doing any extra work. Why should it matter to them whether I go to Japan and by it myself or have a company buy it on my behalf? The only reason why I can see it making a difference is if the artist/producers have different deals with different countries, where importing could circumvent those agreements, but everything I've bought were not available in the US at the time.

After all, a farmer isn't paid more because his crops end up in a restaurant instead of my kitchen, and a mechanic isn't paid more because the vehicle is driven across country instead of around town.
Posted : Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 09:56
Jayenkai
Exactly!

If I can give more to the original creator than to “the people who are making money inbetween” then I would much prefer to do that.

A bonus edition with extra goodies is usually worth it for the price of the goodies.
If I’m paying for a chef to cook with the ingredients, then I’m happy paying the extra for that.
The mechanic will rip everyone off no matter what.

If all I’m contributing towards is shitty import duty, then that can naff right off.
For a CD that would’ve been mastered over a decade ago, it's just paying other people for the privilage of owning something.

See also : Cheap second hand game sales vs "Collectors" game prices.

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