Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Wellington's Death Ray Records facing closure

Via stuff.co.nz: "A Wellington record store has put out a desperate plea for secondhand vinyl in an effort to stay afloat.

Death Ray Records in Newtown has been stung by a ballooning tax bill, competition from online sellers, and low stock volumes.

Now owner Apa Hutt fears he may not make it through Christmas unless people bring in used vinyl as trades, for sale, or as donations.

Death Ray Records owner Apa Hutt fears he may have to shut up shop if he can't get more secondhand records in the Newtown vinyl emporium.

"It's all up in the air," he said. "This is a really important cultural hub for Newtown, but it could close and that will be a really difficult decision to make."

The latest from Death Ray's Facebook page says " What a week. Real damn busy. Boss man say's he's very humbled by the way everyone has supported the shop. People buying records or bringing their old records in and not to forget all the people online through social media or people who have come in to wish the store good luck for the future.

So many of you people want to help. It's been amazing! He also says liberate your collection of all the records you don't listen to anymore and bring them in for donation, trade or even some cash." 

If you can get down there and help them out, please do. 

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