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The OTR Xmas shopping special

It’s that time of the year when OTR turns into Pricewatch for a few days – hey, Pricewatch turned into OTR for a few memorable days earlier this year – and ask the OTR readers and bargain hunters to tell …

Tue, Dec 15, 2009, 10:39

   

It’s that time of the year when OTR turns into Pricewatch for a few days – hey, Pricewatch turned into OTR for a few memorable days earlier this year – and ask the OTR readers and bargain hunters to tell us about the good deals out there that they’ve come across.

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You take care of the Animal Collective vinyl

Even in the middle of a recession, this is still the time of year when everyone is hitting the shops 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 in terms of DVD box-sets, CDs and books. You know the kind of things – West Wing and Wire box-sets, Grizzly Bear vinyl, Tommy Fleming CDs.

In terms of music, don’t be surprised if the prices in some of the shops are as keen or if not better than what you’ll find online, especially when it comes to indie CDs in the dwindling number of indie stores left on Main Street. All year long, a number of indie labels and distributors have reduced their dealer prices to the shops and most of the shops have passed these savings onto their customers. This has meant a lot of new or recent releases – stuff like Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, HEALTH, Yacht, Fever Ray, The Very Best, Julian Casablancas, The xx, Local Natives etc – retailing for a ten or twelve euro in those stores where the revenue from the tills doesn’t go to a bank account in London.

So let us know what you find – the bargains, the deals and the ones to avoid. Over to you.

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