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I won’t be ashamed to admit I buy a decent amount of music from the local FYE at my nearest shopping mall. Why? They’re one of the few places that offers up a nice Metal selection. But, lately a lot of their $10 Metal CDs have been going up in price on release date. $13 is still a lot of money, even though half the time I know what the album is like. If I’m spending that much I’d rather buy direct from the band or the label. But, then again, seeing things like this makes me not want to buy from there at all again. Behold, the evolution of FYE price mark-ups!

What’s up with this photo? Well, first of all, this was what I and my fiancee (who took the picture) found at one location. Note the three stickers. The top right is their price tag for the album. But, yet, there are two more. First retailing for $15.99, then put on sale for $11.99. Both of these are from a different store entirely, probably from a wholesale buyout of another business that closed or something. Yes, this location not only forgot to remove the other stickers, but also shrink wrapped it again (not pictured) so they could put their own price tag on it. Why? Beyond me…

So, this factory sealed copy of Therion‘s Secrets of the Runes went from $15.99 to being on sale for $11.99 then can be yours for $17.99. Does this not make your head hurt too, not just at how obviously stupid the decision to not remove these stickers was, but the balls the chain store has to charge more than one of their obvious competitors, and put it right there for their customers to see?

The balls, FYE… The friggin’ balls…