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Used CDs in Florida

Over the past few years, I’ve had a special liking to the music of Tool. Don’t ask me why, but there it is. I had been trying to track down a used CD store here in Tampa to find an album I used to have, plus see if they had any others. But all the places we used to go to before we moved have closed down. Although I did find a good one last time I was down in Boca, it might be even harder when this comes into law:

New “pawn shop” laws are springing up across the United States that will make selling your used CDs at the local record shop something akin to getting arrested. No, you won’t spend any time in jail, but you’ll certainly feel like a criminal once the local record shop makes copies of all of your identifying information and even collects your fingerprints. Such is the state of affairs in Florida, which now has the dubious distinction of being so anal about the sale of used music CDs that record shops there are starting to get out of the business of dealing with used content because they don’t want to pay a $10,000 bond for the “right” to treat their customers like criminals.

Good job, Florida. How can you be so annoyed with a place you enjoy being so much?

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  • James Carr May 9, 2007, 4:57 pm

    Good grief! Must the RIAA go so far? When will the music industry and their lobbyists get a clue and realize it’s idiotic to treat your customers like they are criminals?

  • Healy May 17, 2007, 10:54 am

    http://www.asylumsite.com – Great used cd store in st. pete.

  • Anonymous August 31, 2007, 8:05 am

    I accidentally ended up on your page from a google search but I just wanted to help you out. The record stores are here… you just didn’t find their new locations. If you’re in Land O’ Lakes, then your closest one would be Sound Exchange on Nebraska Ave. It’s south of Bearss just past the go kart tracks. Vinyl Fever is now on Henderson with a nice new pad. Take Dale Mabry south and veer right onto Henderson. It’s probably less than a mile down on your left. It’s in a plaza sharing the same parking lot as CVS. Your record shopping should get a whole lot better.

  • sylvia September 1, 2008, 4:25 pm

    usedcdsearch.com – you’ll be able to find your tool cd at the best price here

  • Steve July 11, 2009, 1:07 pm

    Check out http://www.secondspin.com. They have a huge selection and the prices are usually pretty good. Try to get them when they have a sale going on.