Which Music Industry Am I Supporting?
3-10-08 Which Music Industry Am I Supporting?
So far in 2008, I’ve bought approx. 160 titles. Most of them used. I believe I was given a Christmas gift that full retail price was paid for – but I can’t confirm it, and I won’t count it. I can confirm that I have spent at least JPY 15,220 (at approx. 106 yen to US$1) on new goods (2,940 yen of Italian origin, 3,780 yen of
Italian origin, Japanese CD = $27.75 (Purchased from
French origin, Japanese CD = $80.18 (Purchased from
So, $165.28 went to Japanese (mostly) major labels, $9.98 went to a Japanese-owned
The used / swap meet stuff I bought supported whoever was selling it to me. Retailers probably bought the stuff that they sold me from individuals, not from ‘the music industry’. A typical instance is something like: I pay $3 for a used CD (which is new / sealed) that has a suggested retail of $19.98 – what did that retailer pay for it? $1.50? The person who sold it to the retailer (i.e. the re-seller) – they probably got it for free – why else would they accept such a small amount for it? And it’s no secret (in
I pay approx. $20 per month for internet access. I do not have a cell phone, but I pay approx. $50 per month to “the telephone company”. Gasoline is $3.15 per gallon (for the kind I use).
The U.S. CD I purchased? The 25th Anniversary edition of “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, a CD + DVD set, $9.98 on the day it was released, at the Target by my house. $15.98 price tag on the front, rang up $9.98 (as advertised). Out of my $10, ‘x’ amount went to replication, I presume something went to MJJ. Target had to make something on the sale. Sony’s gotta get something. 8.25% sales tax was paid – but the State of
P.S. Second time I’ve bought “Thriller” (see photo).