Vinyl Record Sales at Record Highs…

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It seems that when my girlfriend and I hit the local record stores, we are not alone…

2014: bad for digital music sales, great for vinyl. Like, really great. According to Nielsen SoundScan, vinyl sales hit 9.2 million, a 52 percent jump from 2013 figures, and an all-time high for vinyl on SoundScan, which began tracking sales in 1991. Damn.

But there is hope yet in vinyl. Not only for its boost to the music industry, but also because it’s increasingly the most worthwhile way to own music. You almost never want to buy CDs, and no one’s buying CDs anyway, but that experience of going to a record store and picking up something real and tangible that you can hold and keep has not lost its value. And this trend isn’t just a flash in the pan. Vinyl sales were at a paltry million in 2007; they’re now nine times that. In other words, your parents have been onto something for a very long time. Vinyl is here to stay. [WSJ]

This is near and dear to me.  I’ve kept my records from when I was a child.  And, thanks for some outstanding local record stores, I get to peruse over 100,000 great used records, as well as many new releases.  Combine that with a old console stereo I got at an estate sale (with all important record changer), and I can put a stack of records on it, and write away.  It’s a great way to listen to music.  You shouldn’t pass it up.  Here are some pics of my finds…

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It’s Cyber Monday at the Conservative Hideout!

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Hey all, why would you want to go out and be accosted by union goons, occupods, or even other shoppers?  You’ve heard the stories of people being robbed, tazed, or pepper-sprayed.  Holiday shopping is now a hazardous affair.  So, to keep my readers, and their loved ones safe, here are some great deals from Amazon, that you can access right here!

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You also need to take care because there is pestilence out there.

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There are viruses that will eat the flesh right off your face, leaving you a horrific apparition begging for death!

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You wouldn’t want to be a faceless apparition, do you?

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So sit back in your chair, and order from the comfort of your own home!

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Remember, stay safe, keep your face, order your gifts here!

 

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Black Friday Sales Are Now Being Posted

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As one of my Facebook friends put it…

For all you weirdos that leave the house early on Black Friday to go shopping…

The Black Friday sales flyers are being made public.  If you can get there in time, it’s open season on deals!

On the other hand, many don’t go out.  Many don’t want to be crushed in a wave of smelly, low information voters, or don’t want to catch a disease from an occupod.  Some don’t agree with making retail workers sweat on a family oriented holiday.  I get that.  So, you could, mind you, come this this humble internet abode, and do your shopping here.  I’ll be posting Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday sales right here on the CH 2.0!  You can stay in the warm comfort of your own home!  Why fight with a redneck in a ’75 Pinto for a parking space, when my virtual mall is full of goodness, and is accessible from your comfy couch or recliner?  You don’t even have to put down your beverage.

Sounds good, doesn’t it?

You could start now, you know…

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Facsist Friday: Missouri Democrat, Jeff Roorda,Wants to tell Businesses When They can Open

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When a Democrat doesn’t like something, they either try to ban it, or they make it impossible to do without banning it.  In this case, they are going with the direct ban.  It seems that a Missouri Democrat, Jeff Roorda, wants to tell businesses when they can start their Black Friday sales.  The Missouri Torch has the details…


Sorry, you’re too stupid to decide whether or not you should go shopping or not, so this great regressive democrat will decide for you.

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Stops Selling AR-15’s, Stock Suffers

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Dick’s Sporting Goods Caved to anti-gun zealots and decided to stop selling the mother of all assault rifles ugly guns, the AR-15.  But, that seems to have backfired on Dick’s.  Fire Andrea Mitchell has more…

Dick’s Sporting Goods sales and stock have plummeted after they decided to cease AR-15 sales, shortly after Newtown. They bowed to the anti gun zealot crowd and decided to stopped selling AR-15s. Now only did Dick’s Sporting Good stop selling the AR-15s, they didn’t bother filling orders of those who purchased the guns before the Newtown shootings happened. That was right after Christman and before New Years. Since then Dick’s Sport Good sales have dropped 2.2 percent. As far as Dick’s Sporting Goods stock, their 52 week high was $54.24. Today, after the Dow Jones saw a 100+ point gain, Dick’s Sporting Goods is only at $48.65.

Now, CEO over at Dicks states that the Lance Armstrong related brand, LiveStrong, is to blame for the fall in the stock price.  But, when we look at sporting good chains, we see that another is doing rather well.

Like Obama, they blame something else for their problems. This is of course complete and utter bullshit as other sporting goods stores such as are Cabela’s sales are up 24% year to year, and their stock hit a 52 week high last week. Guns.com reports:

Gun sales accounted for almost two-thirds of Cabela’s gains, with their sales up by 24 percent over last year.

“First-quarter results exceeded our expectations on every line of the income statement,” said Cabela’s Tommy Millner. “In addition to expected increases in firearms and ammunition sales, we saw particularly strong performance in softgoods and footwear.”

Still, some analysts believe Cabela’s firearms earning to be temporary, with the massive surge in the sales of everything gun-related expected to wane now that the bulk of federal gun control bills have failed to pass muster.

“Without firearms and ammunition, same-stores sales increased just 9 percent — still strong, but clearly much of Cabela’s growth was driven by gun buyers,” wrote Jeremy Bowman of the Motley Fool. ”As the stock has now tripled in the past year and a half, investors may want to take a cue from their senators and sell while the stock is hot.”

OK then, Dick’s, a sporting goods store, that sells guns, is lagging behind others?  In a market where the demand is so high that no one can keep guns and ammo in stock, Dicks is suddenly losing value?   That’s like having a blood stand in the middle of a vampire convention, and missing sales projections!

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Chevy Volt Production Suspended: And how Much did that Cost us?

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The Chevy Volt went from a very promising concept, to a very real failure.  If you recall, the Volt was initially a show car, and being planned for production prior to the governments takeover of GM.  The original idea was evolutionary; the car would be electric, with a small gas engine on board to charge the batteries.  It actually generated some excitement.  But, just before they were supposed to start rolling off the assembly line, we were told that the production Volt was nothing more than a hybrid car-and a rather expensive hybrid car at that.  Competing in a market against the much cheaper Toyota Prius, the Volt has not sold well.  That, and their tendency to catch on fire probably chilled sales as well.

Whether it’s the exorbitant cost, or the bursting into flames, Volt Production is being suspended for 5 weeks.  Gateway Pundit has more…

General Motors announced today that the company was suspending production of the Chevy Volt and 1,300 workers would be laid off.
Freep.com reported, via FOX Nation:

General Motors has told 1,300 employees at its Detroit Hamtramck that they will be temporarily laid off for five weeks as the company halts production of the Chevrolet Volt and its European counterpart, the Opel Ampera.

“Even with sales up in February over January, we are still seeking to align our production with demand,” said GM spokesman Chris Lee.

Lee said employees were told Thursday that production would put on hold from March 19 to April 23.

The Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric car, is both a political lightning rod and a symbol of the company’s technological capability.

Chevrolet sold 1,023 Volts in the U.S. in February and has sold 1,626 so far this year.

In 2011, Chevrolet sold 7,671 Volts, but fell short of its initial goal of 10,000.

GM had planned to expand production of its Volt plug-in hybrid to 60,000 this year, with 45,000 earmarked for the U.S.

Let’s translate.  “…we are still seeking to align our production with demand.” This means that people aren’t buying enough of the cars.

I wonder if they’re still going to roll out the Cadillac version?

 

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The Obama Effect: Obama’s Anti-Gun History Actually Stimulates Firearm Industry

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I guess I owe the President an apology. Actually, I don’t, but bear with me for a few minutes.  When we said that Obama has stimulated nothing, we were a tad bit off.  He has stimulated the living (you know what) out of the Firearm industry.  For the details, here is more from The Blaze…

Just to show a few statistics illustrating what those in the industry call ”the Obama effect:”

  • Ruger’s firearm sales have gone from $117 million to $232 million, an increase of 98%
  • Winchester’s sales of ammunition have gone from $431.7 million to $572 million, an increase of 33%
  • Federal excise taxes collected on the sale of new firearms and ammunition has risen 48.3%
  • January 2012 was the 20th straight month of increases in NICS background checks compared to the same month in the previous year
  • December 2011 saw over 1.41 million NICS background checks run, the most ever for a single month
  • The few states which regularly report concealed carry permit numbers have seen increases in active permit holders ranging from 46% to 161%

Those are some pretty astounding numbers.  It would seem that his policies have caused freedom loving Americans to “stock up” on the Second Amendment.  But for a fuller picture, The Blaze article links to this graphic, from Ammo.net

 

Once again, those are astounding numbers.  And, I have to wonder, how would any government confiscate that many weapons, especailly when gun owners are so alert to the threats to their freedom?

I also wonder if the occupods and union goons are reading?

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Is Government Motors in Trouble? Dealer Inventory at Record Levels

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It would appear that government motors is making itself look good by making  a lot of vehicles.  That, in and of itself isn’t so bad. What is bad is that once government motors sends these vehicles to the dealers, they tend to sit, sit, and sit.  For more on this, here is some coverage from NewsBusters…

Not that it took keen insight to catch it, but yours truly was one of a very few people who pointed out that General/Government Motors unduly dressed up its financial statements in advance of its late-2010 initial public offering by foisting an unreasonable level of vehicle inventory on dealers. The effect of this was to enable the company, which in accordance with general industry practice recognizes sales when it ships vehicles to dealers, to book an estimated $900 million in sent-ahead pre-tax profit largely not supported by dealer sales.

The danger in all of this is that if there is an economy- or gas price-driven sales slump, dealers will start resisting company pressure to keep ordering, and if successful, slow down GM’s shipments and ultimately its production lines. That’s a danger, thanks to establishment press non-coverage, about which the public is being kept almost completely in the dark.

The practice of pressuring dealers to order cars, or to just ship cars to them, is not new.  Automotive historians will recognize this practice from the mid 1950’s, when Chevy and Ford were engaged in a sales war  (which helped put several nails in the coffins of Hudson, Nash, and Studebaker).  The difference now, of course, is back then, people bought those cars.  Now?  Not so much.  But, as the article points out, this has all been kept from the public.  It’s hasn’t been because GM necessarily hid the information, but that the MSM declined to cover it.  After all, we wouldn’t want the taxpayers to know that not only did they get soaked by the POTUS and his union friends, but the project is showing signs of massive potential failure.

We can’t have that, can we?

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Black Friday: Why Risk Getting TB or Lice From a Smelly Hippie When You can do all of Your Shopping Here?

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Black Friday is coming soon, my friends, and the Occupods have plans to disrupt it…

We at the CH 2.0 recognize the public health risk that the Occupods pose. Their tendency to urinate and defecate in public, the fact that some may be carrying tuberculosis, and that many have been infested with lice and scabies, all pose a public health risks. Additionally, their rampant anti-Semitism, acts of violence and vandalism, or the simple fact that they are smelly hippies may ruin an an otherwise happy shopping experience, have prompted us to action.

Why should you risk an infection disease, or being harassed by an unwashed Communist, when you can do all of your Black Friday shopping here?  Why spend much of the Christmas Season undergoing medical treatment or delousing, when you can shop from the comfort of your own home?  We have the answer here at the CH 2.0.  Take a look at some of our exciting Black Friday Deals below…

You can purchase anything at the CH 2.0 Amazon Store!


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Get a Kingston DataTraveler 108 16GB Flash Drive for $14.95 at Buy.com, a $3.79 Savings! Valid through 11/28-30/2011

Get a Kingston HyperX Blu 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 240-pin Desktop Memory for $14.95 at Buy.com, an $8.05 Savings! Valid through 11/25-30/2011

Buy.com Black Friday Teaser: 32″ LCD HDTV 720p 60HzUnder $300 plus Free Shipping

25% off all Panasonic products on Black Friday weekend! 11/25 through 11/28 only.

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Panasonic TC-L42D30 42″ screen size class LED HDTV. Was $1,049.95. Now $649.95 with Free Shipping!

Black Friday. $20 OFF $200. APWBLACK.

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Panasonic SC-HC05 iPod Docking System with Built-In Bluetooth. Was $179.99. Now $99.99 with Free Shipping!

There will likely be more to come. Check back for more great deals!

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Occupy Portland: Drugs on Sale!

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Yeah, it almost doesn’ t have to be said.  Concentrate smelly hippies in a confined space, and there is going to be drug use…

I do have to ask, why SELL drugs?  Doesn’t that reek of capitalism?

And also the obligatory, ever see this at a Tea Party event?

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This Ford Commercial Kicks! "Owner" States that he Bought a Ford Because They Didn't Take Government Bailout Money

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I’ve had guessed that Ford’s increased sales after the auto-bailouts were due to people rebelling against government motors.  Might this commercial be a confirmation?

I remember visiting a Ford dealership not too long after Ford sales increased.  When I asked, a salesman smiled and said that a lot of buyers were saying that the bailouts were why they chose Ford.  In a sense, all the steps that Ford took to get new products out, and improve existing ones coincided with this potential rebellions against the bailouts.  From their perspective, if it had to happen, the timing was perfect.  Ironically, it was Ford that everyone thought would go up in smoke, in the end, it was GM and Chrysler that got hit the hardest.

I haven’t seen this one on TV in my area, but love it all the same.  I think it’s great that Ford is playing on this, and I would imagine that they have some consumer data that would suggest that this would be an effective advertisement.  It certainly is resonating here at the CH 2.0 Bunker, and Smitty is also considering a Ford in his future.  

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Sunday Sales Papers: 7-31-11

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Hey all, here are some offers from my Linkshare advertisers…

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Auto Parts Warehouse has deals as well!

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Get a Lenovo G560 067999U 15.6″ Notebook with Intel Pentium P6100, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD & Win7HP Windows for $379.99 at Buy.com, a $120 Savings! Valid through 08/05/2011

Get a Fantom Gforce3 1.5TB USB 3.0/2.0 External Hard Drive with 2GB FREE cloud backup for 6 months for $59.99 with mail-in rebate at Buy.com, a $39.96 Savings! Valid through 08/05/2011

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Sunday Sales Paper: July 24, 2011

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It’s Capitalism time!

Here are some deals/sales from my Link Share advertisers…

Panasonic is still offering $1.99 shipping on all items…

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Sirius Satellite Radio has a summer sale!

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Buy.com has a sale on apparel. It expired on Wednesday, so hurry!

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Wolfgang’s Vault apparel sale ends tomorrow.

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The Supply Sergeant has an offer code (see ad for details).

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Have a great Sunday folks!

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Capitalism in Action at the CH 2.0

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We all love capitalism.  It’s the way that the market will organize itself to provide goods and services and low prices (provided that the government doesn’t screw it up, as in the that Housing Collapse).  In keeping with the fine tradition of Capitalism, I’ve resumed using LinkShare.  I had used it in the past, but really hadn’t pushed it, so I just stopped showing the links.

Well, it’s back. And every week, I’ll be sharing some deals that might interest you.  Here are some items of potential interest.

1.  Panasonic is offering $1.99 Shipping on all orders…

$1.99 Shipping at Panasonic.com.
2. Buy.com has daily deals. I’ve checked out their site, and the prices seem rather good.

Deal of the Day
3. Wolfgang’s Vault has a great selection of Rock Memorabilia, and apparel  is currently on sale…

 

Huge Apparel Sale

I’ve been reading at The Other McCain how our friend might have to go back to driving a forklift if his site doesn’t bring in revenue.  I don’t know how to drive a forklift, so I’m doubly screwed.  Let’s be honest, while my day job does cover the essentials, I haven’t much left over, and eating lunch from a can is getting tedious.  So, you can get good deals through these reputable companies, and I get a small cut.  In the end, you’re happy, the company is happy, and Matt can eat better lunches, and maybe one day replace the six-year-old Dell!

But that is capitalism in it’s true form, everyone gets what they want.

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