Review - Shopping with Revolution - Flippin’ Beck, that were quick.

Some time in the mid ’90s, my CD player conked out. Finished, kaput, beyond hope. A powerful realisation that I would now be suitably deterred from squandering my hard-earned pennies on the little silver wonders ensured that I didn’t replace it for a very long time - until last year, in fact.

Some time in the mid ’90s, my CD player conked out. Finished, kaput,

beyond hope. A powerful realisation that I would now be suitably deterred

from squandering my hard-earned pennies on the little silver wonders

ensured that I didn’t replace it for a very long time - until last year,

in fact.



As a result, I can boast a relatively puny CD collection and hundreds of

records and tapes. So while everyone else is getting into DVDs, I’m on a

second honeymoon with their supposedly inferior predecessors. They’re

great.



So great that I decided to buy Beck’s latest offering over the web. But

since CDs are meant to account for such a mighty chunk of online sales,

where in cybermusic world was I to start?



Eager to snap up the best deal, I snatched a cheeky moment at work on a

Friday afternoon and logged on to the handful of comparative shopping

sites I know: Intershop; Valuemad; Ultrastore; and ShopSmart. Only

Valuemad seemed to deal with CDs. I couldn’t remember the title of Beck’s

last album, so I typed in the band’s name under ”artist”, only to be

bombarded with 117 search results: Jeff Beck; Joe Beck; Randy Beck;

Clapton, Page and Beck; my great auntie Beck. Hardly refined results.



Fortunately, a music junkie colleague of mine kindly informed me that

Midnite Vultures was the title I was after. The results were wide

ranging.



BOL was charging a hefty #17.94 including postage and packing, whereas

Borrow Or Rob wanted #11.25 but with delivery time specified as seven to

10 days. Unwilling to wait that long, I went for the second-cheapest

option, which was Kingfisher Group-owned Entertainment Express, charging

#11.99 and expressing a delivery time only of ’available’. I registered a

username and password with Valuemad, entered my details and took the

plunge.



About 15 minutes later, I got an email confirmation informing me that my

order would be ”dealt with promptly”. Dealing with an order and actually

delivering something are two very different things, I thought.



I scrambled out of bed the next morning to find a square parcel with a

Middlesex postmark on my doormat. Must be a free promotional waffle or pop

tart, I thought. But in fact, the package contained that very real pop

tart, Beck himself. Now that’s what I call entertainment express.



Save for the odd seasonal clearouts and the tucked-away independent shops,

I don’t think I’ll be setting foot in a high street music store too often

from now. Sorry Branson, mate.





Product: Music CD



Vendor: Entertainment Express



Price: #11.99.



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