Paul Weller has joined the chorus of critics challenging Record Store Day and the sales flips, mostly on eBay, that result of the day's exclusive releases.
Writing on Facebook, Weller said that the practice "[is] such a shame because as you know I am a big supporter of independent record stores, but the greedy touts making a fast buck off genuine fans is disgusting and goes against the whole philosophy of RSD." Weller's single, limited to under 500 copies, was in stores for $7.99, while many copies are on sale for about $20.
Weller continued, referencing reports that some of Record Store Day's exclusives had been put on eBay before they were available in stores, undermining the entire point of the event. "There were copies of my single on eBay the day before Record Store Day and I've heard stories of people queuing outside their local record shop only to be told there were none left at opening time!"