No Purchase Necessary
I used to frequent Blockbuster Music at Crossroads Mall in Bellevue, WA when I was a teenager. An offshoot of Blockbuster Video, it was a store where you could literally grab as many cd’s as you wanted, bring them to the counter and a store clerk would open them for you and let you listen to them for as long as you wanted. When you were finished listening they would seal the cd’s back up. Not in shrink wrap but in third party packaging with an adhesive flap thing. They would then place these used cd’s back on the shelves and sell them as new… I think? It was a strange process. I loved going there though to listen to music that I hadn’t ever really considered listening to before. Emmylou Harris? I’m supposed to know about her right? MIND BLOWN. The Crossroads location would eventually fall victim to a ceiling collapse on December 30, 1996 (Thanks for the tip Tomo!) after a heavy winter snow. It’s a wonder how they stayed in business as long as they did. God, the 90s were awesome.
Though your business model was completely suspect, your ahead-of-its-time-vision of unlimited availability of music did not go unnoticed or unappreciated. RIP Blockbuster Music.