So this is the latest vinyl that I’m desperate to get.
Out in February, it’s (obviously) a Belinda Carlisle vinyl box set. There’s a black vinyl one as well, but clearly, the colored vinyl is the preferred format. Sadly, it’s limited to 500 copies. And it’s exclusive to Amazon UK.
Oh yeah, and it’s currently unavailable.
My friend John had signed up for e-mail alerts to be notified when it was back in stock and after about 10 or so notifications that resulted in him missing out over and over again, he was able to score one. I had kind of resigned myself to the fact that I would never get one no matter what, filing it into the same spot in my brain where the janet. LP lives and all those colored vinyl releases of Madonna albums that are exclusive to UK grocery chain Sainsbury’s.
But then I thought, what the heck, I’ll sign up for the e-mail alerts too. And one morning, I got an alert. I was on the site in 3 minutes, but in that time, the box set was grabbed by someone else. So John and I are going to work together in an attempt to get this for me. He’s going to stay signed up for the alerts and try to get another, while I’m trying to get my first one. Whoever succeeds will tell the other and if we both get one (unlikely), one of us will just cancel the order. It’s only $64, which isn’t bad when you think about it because it’s 4 records in a hard slip case. And they’re colored, which I really love and can never resist.
I haven’t gotten an alert since then, but every e-mail I get now is potentially the one that will give me another crack at it. I think this, by itself, is one of the reasons that collecting records is so much fun – it’s the thrill of chasing down something you want. Whether or not I get it is kind of irrelevant as my life will surely continue without it. But it is fun to try.
I haven’t had another alert since the one the other morning, and John says they were coming in about three times a week for him – many times in the middle of the night and a fat lot of good that does me. I’m also at a disadvantage as I don’t take my iPhone to work so I could potentially miss out completely and utterly, which is why it’s good to have John as a back up.
If I don’t end up with one, no big deal, but I do want one. But just trying to get one is fun. Stressful, but fun.