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Veddatorial: Educating The Consumer

Veddatorial: Educating The Consumer

| August 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

I believe our most difficult job for the next few years—as an industry and, in particular, as retailers—is to educate the music products consumer. Traditionally, we have outsourced the job to band directors, rock stars, and assorted teachers and other tastemakers in the field. Oh, retailers have participated in the process, but that participation has […]

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Rise Of The Millenials

Rise Of The Millenials

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mary Meeker, a venture capitalist at Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, released her annual report on Internet trends at the end of May. The report is widely anticipated and provides a thorough (197 presentation slides, each one worthy of digestion and discussion) snapshot of today’s numbers as compared to previous benchmarks from 1995 on. The full […]

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Find Your Weird

Find Your Weird

| June 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Every now and then, we get a misdirected shipment, or the packing list from another dealer’s order is attached to mine. We make sure the stuff gets to its proper home, of course, but I am always fascinated to look at another dealer’s order, marveling at how different it is from an order I’d have […]

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Out With The Old?

Out With The Old?

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

As a consumer and a business owner, I rebel against being herded into new technology just because a company says I should use it. I have no problem with new gadgets…as long as I feel they help me do what I’d like to do. Save me time and money? Increase my productivity? I’m all in. […]

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Face to Face

Face to Face

| March 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

I didn’t make it to the NAMM show in Anaheim this year. Cost and store coverage prevented me from going, and I really missed it. Sure, heading out of the northeast Ohio refrigerator for sunny California in January has its appeal, but that’s not why I wish I had been able to go. Of course, […]

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Veddatorial: A Tangled Webb

Veddatorial: A Tangled Webb

| January 29, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some in the industry media expressed surprise at the “abrupt” resignation of Mike Pratt from the CEO position at Guitar Center, having been replaced by Darrell Webb, former CEO and Chairman of Sports Authority (and, earlier, CEO and Chairman of its sister company, Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores). When you think about it, though, it […]

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Long and Winding Road

Long and Winding Road

| December 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…unless you fail to make the turn.” In my dual role as both a retailer and a pundit, everything I believe about music retail has to pass two tests. My opinion must reflect my experience as a store owner in the trenches every day, […]

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The Hidden Industry

The Hidden Industry

| October 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although I usually talk about the Community Music Store’s place in our changing industry, I’m always aware that lurking in a dim corner of the music products business model is what I think of as the Music Underground. Seldom glamorous, it is responsible for (I believe) a very large chunk of our collective revenue, despite […]

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Disintermediation

Disintermediation

| September 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Sometimes, my column is triggered by a news item; often, one specific encounter within our industry is the inspiration. But there are times when little bits of information from the world at large start sticking together and I sense a change in the Force, so to speak. Call it taking the pulse or sampling the […]

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Adults Rule

Adults Rule

| August 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

When I first entered this industry more than 30 years ago, I was struck—and charmed, really—by the adults I encountered who wanted to make music. As a person who began playing as a student and never stopped, I didn’t really think about being a former player, let alone what it would be like to have […]

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