As I learned from a very knowledgable clerk today, all 'called back' inventory, once it is off the shelf and boxed in the back, is not allowed to be sold. Period. Their stock was awaiting return.
The clerk also informed me that once stock (he used old software as an example) is deemed 'called back' it is returned to the Toronto (Brampton) distribution centre... for destruction !
I had told the clerk that I was prepared to make the long drive tonight to check out the stock that was showing online... then I got the inside info and suggestions for potential other sources (which I know don't have any) so I believe his information is accurate.
At least 7 clerks at various BB's around the GTA have used the term 'called back' when I inquired, and based on what I haven't seen in the stores that used to be there, it makes sense.
Last edited by filper; 08-12-2008 at 10:10 PM.
While I was out tonight picking up 'Peachtree Road' and 'Time Again' DVD-A, I found copies of 'Sea Change' DVD-A and Gabriel's 'So' SACD, so I thought I'd better save them from the 'cruncher' even though I have them already.
When I figure out what I want for them, I'll post them in the classifieds. It felt like I was on a rescue mission...
It may just mean 'drill a hole in the corner' or destroy the UPC code and sell it all in a bulk container to a buyer. Wouldn't be surprised to see these 'destroyed' copies show on ebay or amazon market thru a bulk seller. Of course it would be hard to guess if the cd's would carry a discount (how I got luck to own kamakiriad for $10, with cut-out UPC), or if the seller was savy enough to set 'market price' (or how I would never be able to own at $80).
This is making me think: it's been a while since I was last looking in BB's in my area. There are a few 'common' titles I wouldn't mind having that I should probably pick up before they implement that strategy here in the US.
I found that sometimes there're great deals, relatively speaking, on hard-to-find titles if you look overseas. For example, I found the below titles at a Hong Kong e-tailers for a lot less than what is being charged at ebay....
There were all brand-new and sealed. Just found a Sarah Brightman "Eden" SACD last week.
I've also found a site with some Sara Brightman SACD's from TW. I didn't have the funds at the time you spoted that one BIN on ebay (stevehoffman forum). Just struggling now with how to order. I'm hoping someone who works there reads English and can help me out before someone else snags it.
This may be some inspiration for the hunters...
This morning I found Alan Parsons 'On Air' dts, Tom Cochrane & Red Rider's 'Trapeze' DVD-A and The Police 'Outlandos d'Amour' SACD sitting on a Best Buy shelf. I even got $5 off 'Outlandos' because the case has a crack.
As I learned from two separate clerks in two different stores, the Music Staff are not reorganizing 'shrinking' the CD sections of the store to revamp for all the lovely video games we demand. The refit is done by a third party company, so staff now have no idea what's on the shelves.
At one store I was asking the clerk where the HiRes discs were. He apologized for not knowing. I glanced to my left... and there they were.
So, if you call a store (at least in Canada) and they say they are gone... ask them to look at the narrow section after 'Z' in the CD section, before the Rap/Disco section. The layout seems consistant in most stores, and if the third party is working from a standard blueprint, that's were (what's left in the store anyway) should be.
That being some handy info, there's a store a bit of a drive away where I'd seen a few things a couple of months ago that a clerk said were all gone earlier this week. Wish me luck.
Oh, ya. This was on the shelf today as well... after I picked my jaw up off the floor, I did the side-to-side glance to make sure no one was looking over my shoulder. Keep huntin' gang.
Last edited by filper; 08-17-2008 at 03:30 PM.
Geez.....there seems to be way more diamonds to be found at the Ontario Best Buys. They were very late entering the BC market so there was never a chance for the stores to accumulate an interesting inventory of titles.
With Hi-Rez disappearing from Best Buys at an alarming rate I decided to take an inventory of the last BC Best Buy that still has stock.
Skipped Classical, Silverline and the expensive jazz stuff (Brubeck, Pizziarelli etc.) from Telarc.
Rather than try and figure out what people might be interested in, or what is still common, I'm listing everything.
I know many of these are still available elsewhere on-line at prices lower than BB.
Did not show BB's retail pricing because I'm not sure it that's allowed on this forum.
One copy of each unless noted (*).
If anyone is looking for any these titles, for trade purposes, let me know. Maybe we can arrange something.
Barenaked Ladies - Everything to Everyone DVD-A (3)
Beck - Sea Change SACD
Beck - Sea Change DVD-A
Beck, Jeff - Blow By Blow SACD
Bon Jovi - Bounce SACD
Bowie, David - Scary Monsters SACD
Clapton, Eric - 461 Ocean Boulevard SACD (2)
Crow, Sheryl - The Globe Sessions dts
Dara, Olu - Neighbourhoods DVD-A
Depeche Mode - 101 SACD
Drake, Nick - A Treasury SACD
Dredg - El Cielo SACD
Dylan, Bob - Slow Train Coming SACD
Dylan, Bob - Blonde On Blonde SACD (2)
Estefan, Gloria - Alma Caribena SACD
Ferry, Bryan - Frantic DVD-A
Gaye, Marvin - Midnight Love SACD
Harrison, George - Live In Japan SACD
Iron Maiden - Dance of Death DVD-A
Joel, Billy - 52nd Street SACD
John, Elton - GBYR Deluxe SACD(6)
John, Elton - GBYR w/DVD SACD
John, Elton - Elton John (6)
John, Elton - Captain Fantastic SACD
John, Elton - Honky Chateau SACD
John, Elton - Tumbleweed Connection SACD (2)
John, Elton - Peachtree Road SACD
Keating, Ronan - Destination SACD
Kelly, R. - Chocolate Factory DVD-A
King, B.B. - Reflections SACD
Kinks - Come Dancing SACD (2)
Mayer, John - Heavier Things SACD
Moist - Machine Punch Through DVD-A
Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed dts
N.E.R.D. - In Search Of DVD-A
Neville, Aaron - Nature Boy SACD
Nine Inch Nails - The Outward Spiral SACD (6)
Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory SACD
Satriani, Joe - Strange Beautiful Music SACD
Satriani, Joe - Engines of Creation SACD
Seal - IV DVD-A
Steely Dan - Gaucho DVD-A (3)
Steely Dan - Gaucho dts
Sting - Sacred Love SACD (3)
Strait, George - Honky Tonk SACD
Taylor, James - JT SACD
3 Doors Down - Away From the Sun SACD (2)
Who, The - Tommy SACD (4)
Who, The - Tommy DVD-A
Young, Neil - Re.ac.tor DVD-A (2)
Young, Neil - American Stars 'N Bars DVD-A
Young, Neil - On the Beach DVD-A (2)
Coltrane, Johm - Blue Train SACD
Davis, Miles - In a Silent Way SACD
Jones, Norah - Come Away With Me SACD
Krall, Diana - Love Scenes DVD-A
Krall, Diana - When I Look In Your Eyes DVD-A
Krall, Diana - Girl in the Other Room SACD (2)
Sanborn, David - Time Again DVD-A
Vaughan, Sarah - Sarah Vaughan SACD
Weather Report - Mysterious Traveller SACD
That's a nice little stash there The Rang.
Wow. All that at one best buy?
I'm interested in the Bryan ferry frantic dvdA (thought it was only available as an sacd!)
To those of you who have sent me e-mails or noted an interest in specific titles, please me give another day or two to respond.
My first week back at work and very busy.
Today I drove all the way to St. Catharines BB because they were still showing stock online.
Even though the store had not been reworked to fit the video game floorplan that most stores seem to be adopting, all the HiRes inventory had been removed from the shelves and was sitting in bins to go back to the 'warehouse'... for at least 2 months.
I asked if I could have a look in the bins, and was told no (as I suspected).
Last weekend a clerk in another store actually did have a look for me in the back.
I guess I should have showed some more cleavage today.
I know there is a copy of 'The Game' there. I had it in my hand 4 months ago, but I'd already spent the milk money on discs that month.
Tonight's drive paid off...
I found all pristine copies of:
'Buena Vista Social Club' DVD-A
'Sea Change' SACD
Gabriel's 'Shaking The Tree' SACD
'Alison Krauss And Union Station Live' SACD
Alison Krauss 'New Favorite' SACD
All of them look like they've never been flipped through.
When I figure out which one's I'm keeping and which ones I'm trading, I'll post them in the QQ Swap Meet.
Keep huntin' kids. They're out there.