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As much as I love vinyl, this is pretty spot on.   The record companies are not helping by making records some niche expensive format. 

 

Polyester’s closure might come as a surprise in the wake of predictions vinyl will outsell CDs for the first time since 1986, but Mr Karis believes the vinyl revival has peaked.

 

"I hate to sound catastrophising but you’d be lying if you said it hadn’t peaked," he said.

 

"The idea that it [vinyl] came back was pretty reliant on it being appealing to a couple of new generations, but I don’t know if that's just going to keep happening to new generations."

 

 

   Streaming is now KING, like it or not.

Edited by metal beat

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People are mostly lazy AND cheap.
MP3 for free?

 

They'll take it every time over paying for a bit of quality.

 

I own all the music I listen to and I spit on your Spotify playlist.

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12 hours ago, LogicprObe said:

 

People are mostly lazy AND cheap.
MP3 for free?

 

They'll take it every time over paying for a bit of quality.

 

I own all the music I listen to and I spit on your Spotify playlist.

And I own all my music and pay for all the music I stream.

Edited by awayward

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Sad.  I also had Polyester a regular in the Paul Elliot days in the 80/90's.  Got so many great records and CDs there. 

 

Was in Brunswick Street on a Friday night a couple of months ago, and thought I would drop into Polyester.  Was surprised that it was closed.  I recall it being very busy on Friday night trading, as was the whole of Brunswick street.  It was very quiet in comparison. 

 

http://www.polyesterrecords.com/

 

Then:

polyester-records-in-melbourne.jpg

 

2019:

l.jpg

 

 

 

 

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13 hours ago, LogicprObe said:

 

People are mostly lazy AND cheap.
MP3 for free?

 

They'll take it every time over paying for a bit of quality.

 

I own all the music I listen to and I spit on your Spotify playlist.

Dude, I agree 100%

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wow that's a shame.       As a bedroom DJ for almost 20yrs I've bought my fair share of vinyl from Polyester in the past,   but admittedly not for a long time.    

 

I don't buy into  the whole 'vinyl has peaked',  'people are streaming' reasoning though.      I think Polyester is just another victim of the changing shopping habits of consumers.   Online in king and  Bricks and Mortar stores are doomed across the board.      

 

 

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'Institution' status of the store itself aside, the current owner is a really nice person. No attitude. The staff at Dixons across the road could take a leaf out of his book!

Edited by ericd

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It might be better as 'combined' business. Eg awesome cafe and records or books or something? splitting the overheads with another niche/love business? maybe hifi?

Edited by JPete9

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I think they've tried this with the 'Crazy Arms' venue. Guess it's just not working out. I shudder to think what the % increase in rent must have been over recent years at that location.

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A shame to lose another small retail business of any kind, but the vinyl revival to the masses is a fad, the die hards will always buy vinyl at any price but they are a spit in the ocean compared to the entire music industry, was always going to happen.


don’t have to be paying $60 for music on black plastic to support this industry, stream it, buy it , whatever it is as long as its not free is doing it right, only playing music you own doesn’t make you win the pissing competition these days.

 

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19 hours ago, LogicprObe said:

 

People are mostly lazy AND cheap.
MP3 for free?.

You rang?   😜

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You know how you remember where you were at certain times?

Like where you were and what you were doing on the night of 9-11 for example?

 

I heard the first angry chords of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' at Polyester's old shop, up the road from the just closed one.

I'll never forget that day.

 

Vale Polyester.

Edited by candyflip

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5 hours ago, Addicted to music said:

You rang?   😜

 

You and I are going to have words!

🙉

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You only have to look at how many retail chains we have lost over the past year or so, and Just Jeans just went belly up as the latest.

 

I think vinyl outselling CD's - well where do you buy CD's these days, isn't everyone streaming or downloading, interesting to see those stats. As a die hard vinyl fan I'll always buy vinyl, infact I'm still trying to replace 100 odd LP's I lost when I moved from Sydney to Perth.

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1 hour ago, Warren Jones said:

 

 

I think vinyl outselling CD's - well where do you buy CD's these days, isn't everyone streaming or downloading, interesting to see those stats.

 

That is just an urban myth....depending on who and what statistics you quote.

 

In any case vinyl has plateaued or peaked......

 

annual-vinyl-lp-sales2019.png

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, pulinap said:

 

That is just an urban myth....depending on who and what statistics you quote.

 

In any case vinyl has plateaued or peaked......

 

annual-vinyl-lp-sales2019.png

 

 

 

So yet again, vinyl remains the least popular way to listen to music :)

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2 hours ago, Warren Jones said:

You only have to look at how many retail chains we have lost over the past year or so, and Just Jeans just went belly up as the latest.

 

I think vinyl outselling CD's - well where do you buy CD's these days, isn't everyone streaming or downloading, interesting to see those stats. As a die hard vinyl fan I'll always buy vinyl, infact I'm still trying to replace 100 odd LP's I lost when I moved from Sydney to Perth.

Interesting observation in recent gtgs all have been quite vinyl centric. Even my gtg .... am source agnostic any kinda disc to spin, streaming you name it ... and all people wanted to listen to was records ... :)

 

retail is certainly tough space right now ...

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5 minutes ago, betty boop said:

Interesting observation in recent gtgs all have been quite vinyl centric. Even my gtg .... am source agnostic any kinda disc to spin, streaming you name it ... and all people wanted to listen to was records ... :)

 

retail is certainly tough space right now ...

Simple fact is that vinyl sounds better , al ! 😬

 

Runs for cover.

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Just now, evil c said:

Simple fact is that vinyl sounds better , al ! 😬

 

Runs for cover.

 

Yes, that is a fact jack.

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4 hours ago, betty boop said:

 and all people wanted to listen to was records ... :)

it's sexier.

Of course a room full of guys are going to gravitate to it.  :) 

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$60 for one record is something like 6 months of streaming.

 

Or the choice between buying 10 records to play a couple of times each in yer living room, or 5 years of streaming thousands of titles anywhere, anytime.

 

Idano ... I reckon The Yoof Of Today is making that calculation, and increasingly opting for streaming.

 

Gunna make it harder for record shoppes in high-rent areas, methinks.

 

--Geoff 

Edited by hired goon

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On 24/01/2020 at 1:19 PM, JPete9 said:

It might be better as 'combined' business. Eg awesome cafe and records or books or something? splitting the overheads with another niche/love business? maybe hifi?

Polyester did have a bookstore at one stage. It specialised in sex, bizarre, alternative, etc.   I think the vice squad raided it once or twice for obscenity. 

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2 hours ago, hired goon said:

$60 for one record is something like 6 months of streaming.

 

Or the choice between buying 10 records to play a couple of times each in yer living room, or 5 years of streaming thousands of titles anywhere, anytime.

 

Idano ... I reckon The Yoof Of Today is making that calculation, and increasingly opting for streaming.

 

Gunna make it harder for record shoppes in high-rent areas, methinks.

 

--Geoff 

You're right and any business with big overheads like rent and without the scale their competitors have, will struggle...sadly.  Specialist owner operated stores are where all the good experiences happen. Maybe they'll be more like Earle Weston and just work from home?

 

Commercial realestate would be an interesting study...strip shops converted to dwellings, factories into cafes and coffee roasters...and most of it shifts to online now online. Now big online retailers like Apple and Amazon are starting bricks n mortar retail stores in Europe...while they attempt to dominate the European renewable energy market...its strange. (sorry, digressed from record stores a little :) )

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