Saturday, December 17, 2005


Of course, if someone tries to do something nice these days, it usually backfires - and despite our warning that sticking a copy of the fans-only Kaiser Chiefs single onto eBay straight away would be tacky, they're turning up on Ebay now. There's a Buy It Now price of about fifty quid on them, too.

Karl T brought this to our attention, and the large amount of grumbling caused by what we can only see as a commercialisation of Christmas. Earlier, there was a fake Ebay auction (now removed) set up as a grumbling forum, he reports:

Kaiser Chief fans are amazing, we learn. We also learn that Kaiser Chief fans may suffer because this record is being auctioned, although quite how is not made immediately clear.

It also begs the question as to why, if they're such great Kaiser Chief fans, they weren't signed up to the mailing list early enough to receive a copy- I signed up last Monday and was very surprised to find a copy sitting on my doormat yesterday morning.

Of course, it's hard to see how they could have stopped this happening anyway - unless they set a 50 question quiz to decide who'd get the free vinyl, you're always going to wind up with some ending up in the hands of people who would flog 'em straight away - it's just now, with ebay, it's easier for people to see it happening. And, if they really want one that badly, get hold of one. Ten years ago, and you'd have had to hoof round the country's second hand record shops looking for one. It's not ideal, but at least the second hand market is a bit fairer now.

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