07:47 AM on 04/18/14
Everything in that article is completely true, certainly in the UK (which is where the following refers to). There's a One Direction 7" this year. These are aimed at teenage girls who will literally buy ANYTHING with their faces on it, regardless if they have the equipment to use it/play it. This is a pressing that has taken up an order in the pressing plant that will never actually be used for its purpose. OK, yes, the record store benefits financially, but will those buyers become returning customers for the shops? I believe they wouldn't, based on the music that most indie shops stock compared with a teenage One Direction fans taste. Then there are the pointless re-issues. Many of which are available second hand from Ebay, Discogs, second hand sections in store. It just feels wasteful (both, in terms of a pressing and the material being used to create the pressing).
This is just my opinion, of course, and I'd welcome any discussion to it.