Further on from my post last week, this is the first time I have ever seen messages of thanks on the premises of a business that has closed.
Issue 16 of The Archive magazine is well worth a read.
I have just reread the Archive article - how prophetic of Sheena Crowley...
‘We’re currently building a website but you’re still competing with America, Germany and England for purchasing power. You can’t really play with the bigger cats, you’re wiped out. Often when people buy guitars online they find they’re not set up properly. Now online you get a discount but that’s all you get. What we need to do is to show people you’re buying not just a product but that you’re buying a service. We trade instruments, we service guitars, we rent guitars, we restore guitars. A guy rang me recently from Dingle and asked me had we got such and such a thing in stock. I quoted him a price and he said he can get it online for less. I said I was willing to go down to a lower price but after that I was losing out. But he said he’d get it online anyway. Then he said “this must be killing you, is it?” and I said “it’s killing you as well,” he asked what I meant and I said it’s affecting everybody in this country, the fact that you’re willing to go out of the country for only forty or fifty euro. You’re not willing to do a direct deal with anyone. That’s the problem. I mean if a musician goes to all the trouble to make a CD I want to buy it, not get a free download.’