About a month ago I became quite proud of myself. I stopped buying CDs from major record labels quite a while ago. Since then I've had to download my music using LimeWire or BitTorrent. Unfortunately, I have eclectic taste in music. Few people have the CDs I want. That makes them hard to download.
While browsing Amazon I saw something which changed the way I got music. When Amazon lists a CD, it gives you the option of either buying it from them, or a reseller. When buying from a reseller, you have the option of buying "New or Used."
That's it! Used! I can get the CD, with the cover art without supporting the record company! The CD has already been bought by someone else. The RIAA won't get another cent from this sale!
So I bought a couple of used CDs. One turned out alright. The other one didn't. It's really hard to explain the problem with it. So I'll show you a couple of pictures:
I was in the midst of writing an email to inquire about returning procedures when I decided to look at my bill. The shipping cost more than the CD. So even if I did get a 100% refund, I'd still have to pay more to send the CD back than what I'd get for it.
So I ordered the CD again, from another Amazon reseller. If this one works out, I will have paid the price for the CD as thought I bought it new.
Ugh. At least I avoid giving money to the evil RIAA.