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Old 25-01-2013, 23:57
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I was amazed the other day when I went in to my local charity shop in my town (Rainham, Kent) to discover a shelf of cassette tapes priced at 50p each.

Alright, I know that many of you are going to say that some older or poorer people like to buy them, but this is a very slim occurance in this day and age.

It is now 2013, and cassettes have been dead for nearly a whole decade now... Isn't it time they were all discarded of and charity shops move with the times?
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Old 26-01-2013, 00:07
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I was amazed the other day when I went in to my local charity shop in my town (Rainham, Kent) to discover a shelf of cassette tapes priced at 50p each.

Alright, I know that many of you are going to say that some older or poorer people like to buy them, but this is a very slim occurance in this day and age.

It is now 2013, and cassettes have been dead for nearly a whole decade now... Isn't it time they were all discarded of and charity shops move with the times?
The said the same of Vinyl but there has been a resurgence you never know Although i grew up with tapes (i was born 91) and have lost them all or replaced them with CD's and it has been years since i have seen a tape player so i am inclined to think they are a little obsolete.
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Old 26-01-2013, 00:11
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The said the same of Vinyl but there has been a resurgence you never know Although i grew up with tapes (i was born 91) and have lost them all or replaced them with CD's and it has been years since i have seen a tape player so i am inclined to think they are a little obsolete.
Possibly, yeah

I was born in 1994, so I'm a 90s guy too

I owned many cassettes as a child, although I had CDs too.

I had a mixture of cassettes and CDs years ago, but I always preferred CDs.

I remember back in 2002 when Justin Timberlake's Rock Your Body was released and I went to my local Woolworths to buy the single. They had sold out of the CD so instead I bought the cassette

If I'm honest, I was really happy when I bagged up all of my cassettes and threw them all out! It's a pretty nice feeling to upgrade to CDs
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Old 26-01-2013, 00:15
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Possibly, yeah

I was born in 1994, so I'm a 90s guy too

I owned many cassettes as a child, although I had CDs too.

I had a mixture of cassettes and CDs years ago, but I always preferred CDs.

I remember back in 2002 when Justin Timberlake's Rock Your Body was released and I went to my local Woolworths to buy the single. They had sold out of the CD so instead I bought the cassette

If I'm honest, I was really happy when I bagged up all of my cassettes and threw them all out! It's a pretty nice feeling to upgrade to CDs
Same here Tapes were generally cheaper and pocket money can only stretch so far but no i stopped buying Tapes in around 2001 i always lost my cases or the tapes would get chewed having Cd's and Mp3's is so much more handy
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Old 26-01-2013, 00:17
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You could say the same about VHS video tapes, but don't some people like to collect cassettes? I was born in 1990 and used to buy a lot of music on tape but all the tapes I had have now been replaced with CDs or iTunes downloads. I still have some of my tapes lying around though but they're just collector's items now.
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Old 26-01-2013, 00:45
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The said the same of Vinyl but there has been a resurgence you never know Although i grew up with tapes (i was born 91) and have lost them all or replaced them with CD's and it has been years since i have seen a tape player so i am inclined to think they are a little obsolete.
Have read that there are a few cassette-only releasing independant labels about (purposely didn't use indie because that gives alot of people the wrong impression ).Although this has hardly produced a cassette revival yet

Here's a Guardian article about it from a couple of years back
http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010...sette-comeback
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Old 26-01-2013, 00:46
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I still have a cassette player and have picked up a couple of albums cheap on tape in charity shops.
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Old 26-01-2013, 00:51
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I can't speak for people who buy cassettes, but as someone who has a lot of interest in retro video games it's nice when you can walk into a shop and still see some to look through instead of having to rely on getting everything online, so I'd assume it's the same for those who collect cassettes.

So if people are still interested in them, then I don't see a problem. If I had my stereo still hooked up I wouldn't be against getting them whenever I saw some going cheap. I always prefer buying physical stuff over digital.
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Old 26-01-2013, 01:13
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Possibly, yeah

I was born in 1994, so I'm a 90s guy too

I owned many cassettes as a child, although I had CDs too.

I had a mixture of cassettes and CDs years ago, but I always preferred CDs.

I remember back in 2002 when Justin Timberlake's Rock Your Body was released and I went to my local Woolworths to buy the single. They had sold out of the CD so instead I bought the cassette

If I'm honest, I was really happy when I bagged up all of my cassettes and threw them all out! It's a pretty nice feeling to upgrade to CDs
We were born in the same year
And yeah I was the same growing up, had a mixture of cassettes and CDs. I had both a personal cassette and CD player (remember those?) but preferred CDs as you could skip songs without having to fast forward or rewind. Tapes were always cheaper though.
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Old 26-01-2013, 02:17
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We were born in the same year
And yeah I was the same growing up, had a mixture of cassettes and CDs. I had both a personal cassette and CD player (remember those?) but preferred CDs as you could skip songs without having to fast forward or rewind. Tapes were always cheaper though.
Ah Nice one

Yeah I agree, they were alot cheaper at the time and yeah I think I do!

I owned quite a fair few boomboxes too

and yeah man, nice one... It's good to talk to somebody else on here who is the same age
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Old 26-01-2013, 08:10
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What difference does it make to you OP what charity shops sell to make money? If people are buying them, then why not? A lot of older cars and vans (some only a few years old) still have cassette players in them. My wifes Ka did, until she got rid of it last year. Videos are certainly nearly totally redundant, but there is still a small demand for cassettes, and their are some that have tracks on, not on cds. Substance ( 2 disc or 2 cassette compilation by New Order) has 2 tracks on the tape version, annoyingly not on the cd, including a brilliant instrumental version of one of my fave tracks. So I will always have the tape version around as well as the cd. Dont just dismiss old technology because it has been replaced with something new.
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Old 26-01-2013, 09:32
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What a ridiculous comment why should they stop selling them people must buy them otherwise they wouldn't stock them. I never bought cassettes as always bought vinyl and still do buy the occasional vinyl. I have over a thousand vinyl and I have no intention of rebuking all of them on cd or mp3 as already have cupboards full of CDs.
I am sure many people born prior to the 90's still have cassette players and turntables and most probably still enjoy the pleasure of many a tune on these formats. My grannie is in her nineties and there is no way she would want to change format at her age she is still quite happy with her cassette player.
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Old 26-01-2013, 09:48
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Old 26-01-2013, 14:31
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I bought a Gladiators cassette the other week from 98 in british heart foundation
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Old 26-01-2013, 14:51
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To be fair, charity shops aren't really with the current times anyway.
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Old 26-01-2013, 16:11
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I was amazed the other day when I went in to my local charity shop in my town (Rainham, Kent) to discover a shelf of cassette tapes priced at 50p each.

Alright, I know that many of you are going to say that some older or poorer people like to buy them, but this is a very slim occurance in this day and age.

It is now 2013, and cassettes have been dead for nearly a whole decade now... Isn't it time they were all discarded of and charity shops move with the times?
There are a large number of cars being driven that only have Cassette tape decks fitted.

Car technology is slow to advance. Many cars still don't have DAB and my current car I've never put a CD into it nor have I ever used the iPod connector (soooo last decade) as I use a flash memory stick or if it's on my phone I can play it through the Bluetooth auto link.

In 5 years you'll be asking why charity shops still sell CD's, answer is many cars will still only be sold with a basic CD player.
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Old 26-01-2013, 16:53
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Ah Nice one

Yeah I agree, they were alot cheaper at the time and yeah I think I do!

I owned quite a fair few boomboxes too

and yeah man, nice one... It's good to talk to somebody else on here who is the same age
Yeah I always feel younger than everyone else!
I had a few boomboxes too, but I've always preferred listening to stuff with earphones, don't know why.
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Old 26-01-2013, 17:01
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I echo this sentiment
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Old 26-01-2013, 17:20
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I am sure many people born prior to the 90's still have cassette players and turntables and most probably still enjoy the pleasure of many a tune on these formats. My grannie is in her nineties and there is no way she would want to change format at her age she is still quite happy with her cassette player.
I was born in 1990 and I still have my old Walkman, but I rarely use it apart from playing a couple of Christmas tapes I can't get on CD or online. I even have a radio that plays both CDs and tapes. I think the last time I bought any music on tape was in 2002. Just A Little by Liberty X was the last cassette single I bought. Everything else I bought was CDs after that and now I mainly use iTunes but buy CDs the odd time too.
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Old 26-01-2013, 17:30
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I still have a cassette/CD player combo and used to have a twin cassette player, when I was little and growing up I used to get story tapes on cassette
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Old 26-01-2013, 20:37
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There are a large number of cars being driven that only have Cassette tape decks fitted.

Car technology is slow to advance. Many cars still don't have DAB and my current car I've never put a CD into it nor have I ever used the iPod connector (soooo last decade) as I use a flash memory stick or if it's on my phone I can play it through the Bluetooth auto link.

In 5 years you'll be asking why charity shops still sell CD's, answer is many cars will still only be sold with a basic CD player.
Yeah I know that some older cars have tape players... But any ordinary person who had any sense would get a CD player fitted and replace it (Halfords do)?

Considering how dirt cheap the cost of CDs are now, there's really no point or purpose in using cassettes
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Old 26-01-2013, 21:15
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when I was little and growing up I used to get story tapes on cassette
So did I. I often used to get those packs that had both the book and tape in it and I'd read the book while listening to the tape. I did the same with videos. I also used to have tapes of kids songs and even educational tapes you'd get in places like Early Learning Centre.
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Old 26-01-2013, 21:47
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I still have some story tapes like Odysseus, Hairs in the Palm of the Hand (read by Tony Robinson) I loved those
I bought Red Dwarf and Better Than Life on cassette as well, and HitchHikers Guide to The Galaxy (1st two radio series).
Also I have some old NOW albums and Childrens Favourites/Junior Hits cassettes
Well actually I recently found a copy of HiTPoTH on Ebay
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