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Since many many shops have gone out of business, I buy CDs and other physical media on Amazon and Rakuten/Play as well as CDON. Digital media I primarily buy on iTunes. I also receive many digital releases as promos. The ones I download will of course be reviewed here. I don't illegally download music, as I think it's anti-social and unfair to the musicisns who try to make a living from their art.

Anyway, I've discovered three record stores on the same street not too from where I live, so that's where I'll go for CDs from now on.
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I would love to have a local record shop that I could support but the nearest one has a pretty bad selection of metal - just the biggest bands and some newer releases (like one copy only). When they do have something I want their price tends to be half again the price of online or even HMV, which is really the UK's only major retailer of entertainment now. They are not too bad these days but I have a bit of a drive to get to one from where I live. 
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when I lived in Manxhester, UK, I would go to HMV rgularly to buy music and films. Sadly, that particular HMV closed a couple of years ago. Fopp is still there, so I buy some stuff there whenever I visit the city. En route from Bangor last week, I spent a night in Manchester.
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There is a Fopp in Cambridge which isn't that far from me. It's always been a good shop and I've always found an album or two I was after in there whenever I visit Cambridge. 

The sad thing is when I was first discovering music there were shops everywhere. Colchester, which is about a 20 minute drive from me, had HMV, Virgin Megastone (which became Zavvi for a short time), and MVC, all of which were major shops. There were smaller shops as well including one called It's Electric, which I really wish was still there as I wasn't into my music enough to appreciate it at the time as they used to have all kinds of stuff you never saw elsewhere, including I think, demo's from bands that major chains wouldn't touch with a bargepole. 

All gone now except HMV. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

Just thought I'd post a note here that I no longer have any faith in Dodax.co.uk.

Too much stuff bought from them in the last few months has never reached my door, including my recent order of Matthias Steele's Haunting Tales of a Warrior's Past CD, which I order from them three weeks ago and has still not arrived, and they apparently sent a second copy out ten days ago as well. Neither copy has made it here. I also order the Aquilus album from them and the first copy of that didn't get here either. The second (at least I presume it was the second) did, but still I don't think I'm ordering with them anymore with a delivery success rate of just 25%. My previous order of Scanner's Hypertrace also had to be replaced because it didn't arrive. 

This may be a problem more with the delivery service, but other sites stuff doesn't disappear en route as often as this. 

Not good, can't say I blame you. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the first copy just turning up late because they are very slow on delivery - 3 weeks is quite normal. To their credit I've ordered 23 albums from them this year and all have turned up. I do get sick of their slow turn around time though.

On the opposite end of the scale I ordered an album from Heavy Ritual Records Monday morning last week and it arrived the next day!
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^ Looks like a nice sire for vinyl. 

I need to find a new place to shop for CD's. Amazon are okay, especially for the 3rd party sellers, but their own prices seem to be steadily rising and their free delivery threshold is up to £20 minimum spend now. 

I don't know how it is for everyone else in the UK, but it always seems to be the case that whenever I have several packages in the post at any one time at least one of them never gets here. 

In 2016 alone, I have had five packages now that haven't turned up. 

Currently also waiting on a delivery for a label called Glorious North Productions, who I've purchased a job lot of albums from. That isn't late, yet, though it is supposed to be here by tomorrow. 
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Alibris is a great place to find CD's for cheap, although the shipping can be a bit pricey. http://www.alibris.com/
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The only decent record store left is an independent called Penny Lane Records, and it's damn good, if a little quirky. A lot of the stuff they deal in is second hand, so you can get some real bargains, but then they bring in imports too, at ridiculous prices. The metal section is the biggest specialist section they have, and it's mostly full of the big names, or completely obscure, unknown stuff (i.e. crap!), but you can get the odd gem there.

JB Hifi is more an electronics retailer with a CD section, and is finally coming to Christchurch next month. Will have to check it out.

The only other place is The Warehouse, which is NZ's version of Walmart, without being evil (I used to work for themWink). It's definitely mainstream, although they do still get the odd shipment of remaindered stock, which means you can pick up some odd things really cheap. I got several Dark Tranquillitys, some Anathemas, an Iced Earth or two, Exodus' Bonded By Blood, a Toy Dolls album, and all sorts of knock offs there real cheap. It's also the place to go to buy Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth etc. because it's cheap.
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I have two main musical passions: classical music and metal. The former, I only use CDS, bought mostly in Amazon nowadays. The latter, I have purchased in physical stores in the past, but since the demise of many of them, for that genre I have moved to digital tracks, almost 100% iTunes. Which is dangerous because more music and less money is only a click away Tongue
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^It's really easy to find some good classical music in all formats at the thrift stores around where I live. 
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Originally posted by adg211288 adg211288 wrote:

^ Looks like a nice sire for vinyl. 

I need to find a new place to shop for CD's. Amazon are okay, especially for the 3rd party sellers, but their own prices seem to be steadily rising and their free delivery threshold is up to £20 minimum spend now. 

I don't know how it is for everyone else in the UK, but it always seems to be the case that whenever I have several packages in the post at any one time at least one of them never gets here. 

In 2016 alone, I have had five packages now that haven't turned up. 

Currently also waiting on a delivery for a label called Glorious North Productions, who I've purchased a job lot of albums from. That isn't late, yet, though it is supposed to be here by tomorrow. 

It is a good site for vinyl and I always get a quick delivery but it's quite specialised so I can't get everything i want there.

I usually use the 3rd party sellers on Amazon too as you're right, their prices are getting silly.

You have been unlucky. Over the year's I've had 1 or 2 packages not arrive but I don't think any have gone missing this year that I've ordered which is a couple a week on average.
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It's mostly just stuff from Dodax that hasn't turned up (4 items total). My order for Glorious North Productions arrived as expected today. 
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I purchase my music usually from Amazon or Wal-Mart....
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Usually I buy from Grooves-Inc http://www.grooves-inc.com. They have good selection of music of various genres and offer free delivery on orders starting from 20 euros.
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I've used grooves.inc myself, but Amazon tends to be the cheapest for most, even though I don't really like buying of suh a behemoth of a retailer.
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MM, never heard of this grooves website before...sounds interesting...yeah, well, I am just real used to Amazon though....I like that it is cheap BTW....8-]] 
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I usually buy from Amazon.
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For new releases, I'm fortunate enough to still have a local indie music shop that stocks the good stuff, so I stop in there as often as I can - we gotta keep the little guys in business, especially since the bigger chains have all packed up and left Dodge. 

I pass a Goodwill Store on my way to work so I stop in there every week or two for a bit of CD scrounging - I don't find a lot of metal there (tho I have scored some Testament, Flotsam and Jetsam, and Candlemass disc there over the years!) but I do find quite a bit of 70s/80s classic rock stuff (Boston, Zeppelin, Ted Nugent, Yes, etc.).

Otherwise it's a vast wasteland for brick and mortar stores in my area. Best Buy used to have a decent CD selection but it's gone so far downhill over the past couple of years that I don't even bother with them anymore.  

Online, GoHastings used to be my go-to site but they went out of business last year. I have yet to find a new site that's comparable. 

The last metal distro I ordered from was Hells' Headbangers.
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