Jim Carroll

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On The Record’s Pricewatch-esque Christmas special

Lets start with a no-strings-attached present for yourself in this time of give, give, give. Have you downloaded Adrian Crowley’s “Long Distance Swimmer” yet? Our free offer is good until Thursday so get clicking. Big thanks to Damien, Una, Ruan …

Tue, Dec 16, 2008, 09:16

   

Lets start with a no-strings-attached present for yourself in this time of give, give, give. Have you downloaded Adrian Crowley’s “Long Distance Swimmer” yet? Our free offer is good until Thursday so get clicking. Big thanks to Damien, Una, Ruan and Ronan for plugging this – I am very surprised that my fellow music bloggers have not got around to mentioning this yet (especially – cough – the ones who pestered me to get on the blogroll here or – cough – have asked me to plug stuff for them in the past). (UPDATE My gentle reminder seems to have worked wonders – will update post with everyone later)

(Oh and that reminds me – congratulations to Ciaran who was the winner of our 30 of the Best Albums of 2008 competition. Well done to him and big up to the lovely people at PIAS Ireland for the prize).

Anyway, the real purpose of this mail is to get the On The Record readers and bargain hunters to recommend good deals and highlight rip-offs when it comes to DVD box-sets, CDs and books. I know this is the time of year when everyone is hitting the shops (hell, I even ran into some of you yesterday – howya Johnnie!) so what we’re trying to do is highlight where you can get the best prices for some of the stuff you may be after.

For instance, the box set with all seven seasons of The West Wing is retailing in HMV on Henry Street in Dublin (and probably other branches too) for just €80. That would set you back €140 on Play.com so, for once, the bricks and mortar price is better than going online. (UPDATE Per OTR reader Turtle, it’s €65 in Zavvi in the Dundrum Shopping Centre or, per JD, £49 (roughly €55) on Amazon).

That said, you are probably better off buying that complete deluxe box-set of The Sopranos from HMV online (£90, which is about €100 or thereabouts) than paying the €140 which HMV are charging for it.

Likewise, Wire fans looking for the special DVD set of all five seasons of the show should hit Play.com (€125 including delivery) instead of paying €160 for it in Tower.

That’s what we’re looking for – the bargains, the deals and the ones to avoid. Over to you.