Strapped For Cash, Music Fans Let Go Of CDs : NPR Music
California's Amoeba Records is the largest used-music retailer in the world. The checkout lines often wind deep into the clearance aisles. But not lately. These days, the real action comes from people selling their collections - and using the store as an emergency ATM.
"We're getting people bringing in bags and suitcases and just bulk," says Tony Green, who manages the Amoeba outlet in San Francisco. "They're just selling everything."
Amoeba has been buying so many used CDs, the extras are piling up in its Oakland warehouse. Green comes twice a month to drop off the surplus. Boxes and boxes of CDs are stacked on pallets along the floor.