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So If Everyone is Giving Up Luxuries...

Posted on Friday, October 10, 2008 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments8 Comments

If you're even remotely interested in news - or the world around you - then you know we're all in some deep financial poop. It doesn't matter your location in the world - the economy basically sucks everywhere.

Next to the stock reports on cable news are stories of average people giving up major luxuries...and life's little pleasures. On CNN.com, people are leaving messages about giving up things like vacations and dining out. Most also mention music downloads.

Someone over on Metal Sludge started a thread along the lines of "Can Chinese Democracy Save the Economy?" Obviously, this person was being sarcastic - but the thread is actually steeped in truth. The amount of comments on yesterday's article tells me there's still a big interest in Guns n' Roses - even if it's just to stop and watch the band like a bad car crash. 

The point is this: Chinese Democracy is so highly anticipated, it will likely sell a lot of copies - even though we're all going through an economic downturn. A lot of us are lucky: a ten dollar CD isn't going to be the difference between making the mortgage or filing for bankruptcy. Still - no matter how we feel - music is not a necessity of life.

Things are going to get really bad for the already ailing music industry.

Yesterday, people commented about wanting to know the quality of songs before buying a CD. While I like discovering the B-sides, I'll agree I'm sick and tired of spending money on albums that are generally crap. No, ten bucks isn't much - but that amount over and over adds up. So, while I won't be giving up things like my morning coffee or downloads - I do plan on being a little smarter with my cash.

It will be interesting to see how concerts fare in the coming months. AC/DC are already doing well - for now. As the months wear on, I fully expect ticket sales to drop - even for major legacy acts. Festivals may hurt also. It just depends on economics - and our disposable income.

You may think it's free (not counting my time) to run Bring Back Glam! - that is very incorrect. More traffic  = an increased need for bandwidth to handle the load. I "rent" server space. No, I'm not giving up BBG! because the economy is crap - but I do think all of us have the impression of "hurt" because we've got so many extra expenses unheard of even a decade ago. Such expenses add up. Then there's the basic principle that albums cost more, T-shirts cost more, tickets cost more. You get the idea. And none of these things are required for life.

For my money - I'll give up other things before I cut music related expenses. I've already accepted the fact that I probably won't be able to go on four music related vacations next year, buy new clothes or get pedicures - but that doesn't mean I can't have new albums.

What will you sacrifice to save your music habit?






Reader Comments (8)

i'll be damned if i'm gonna give up buying music just because of the economy. I cant afford to go to many concerts anyways, so thats not likely to change, but music is my life, and i'm sure as helll not giving it up for anyone.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
I disagree - music is a necessity :P So long as there's food, clothing and shelter, I will continue buying CDs, and going to shows.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
I don't tend to go on holidays really so I don't have that expense; I have pretty much all the toys I want now (having just got a free iPod touch!); and music is really important to me. Books and music are the two things that will be the last to go in terms of cutting back on luxuries. If need be, I'll probably quit smoking.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCinnamon
I'd cut out eating out and Starbucks first. I would rather end up eating Ramen then give up buying new music.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJeneen
Being unemployed for 5 months does put a new perspective on things. My last 'purchase' was Kip Winger's "From the Moon To The Sun" (European version, American version comes out on 10/28). We haven't bought tickets for 2 years to see TSO because to get decent seats we'd have to pay $50 apiece. (Chessie does not believe in watching shows from the nosebleed section!). As long as I have internets, My Space & YouTube I'll be okay. I've already told my family I want iTunes gift certificates (I have an iPod already) for birthday/Christmas. So that's where my music is going to be coming from, unless I get a job soon!
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie >^..^<
The money on my paycheck is more now than it ever was. Prices on a few things at the store are going up, but not to the point that it makes a noticeable difference. In short, I'm not changing a thing. The "crisis" hasn't hit me personally yet.
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
I've been working 63 hours/week to try to keep things at the status quo my family has grown accustomed to.And it's still pretty nasty trying to find extra $$ for stuff like eating out...
October 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGary
While most of us consider music a necessity of life, I get what you're saying...our bodies won't stop functioning if the music stops coming in. As for me, pedicures are out the window and I rarely eat out. But I'm still buying music!
October 11, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPlainJane

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