Welp, the time has come to bid farewell to another great institution of the lost American cultural landscape.
Yes, it’s time to say goodbye to the Columbia House Record Club.
Actually, Columbia House Record Club ceased to exist ten years ago, when it merged with BMG. And they stopped selling mail-order music in 2009, so the ‘Record’ part of the club has been gone for some six years now.
Still, the announcement earlier this month made me wistful.
How I wish I could go back to a time when I could buy my record albums through the mail. You know, wait for one of those bimonthly club catalogs to come, make my selection, buy a stamp, send the order back, and then pay fifteen bucks for the privilege of waiting three weeks for the record to arrive. So much better than the way things are now, when you have to go online, choose your album from Amazon, pay for it with one click, and listen to it now.
Actually, I learned a lot from The Columbia House Record Club. A lot about business. A lot about life.