I've worked in retail for five years before going to college and no one seems to understand.
Well... retail is something else entirely. I thought we were talking about the impact on software developers/musicians/film industries.
Retail isn't impacted nearly as much by this. Traditionally, how it works in retail, is the amount of product they carry is proportionate to the demand of the item. So if sales of music drop off... then stores will simply start carrying less music (and eventually none, if it drops off enough).
problem with the retail end of this is that it's archaic and is being surpassed by a vastly superior way to shop.
Put this in perspective. In music... your [legal] options are:
1) Go to the store.
Maybe they have the music you're looking for... maybe not. Odds are, unless it's Justin Beiber, One Direction, Lady Gaga, or some other mainstream pop idol, the music you want is going to be difficult to find, if it can be found at all.
Assuming you can find it, wait in line, check it out, drive home.
Go on Amazon/iTunes. Find virtually anything
that's for sale, even obscure artists. No worries about it ever being sold out. Purchase it instantly. Don't have to leave the house.
Also... music in stores is still sold on CDs
. Who the hell still listens to CDs? Nobody. The first/only thing I do if someone gives me a CD is rip the MP3s off it. After that I throw the CD in a box in my closet never to be seen again.
Movies and TV shows are the same way. Why drive to the store, spend $180 on buying the complete Breaking Bad series... when I can spend $9 or whatever a month to watch it, and any other show I want on Netflix?
And it's not just media. It's everything. I went into a Best Buy recently to look at computer stuff. Their selection was tiny
. Compare that to newegg where they have practically everything.. but it's all cheaper, they ship it right to your door, and there are tons of user reviews and recommendations.
The reality is... physical retail is just becoming more and more obsolete. Companies like Best Buy and other retailers are feeling the pinch.. and it won't be that long before they fold entirely.
Everything is going online.
Everything has been online for years.
Piracy has very, very, very
little to do with that.
|Too many people feel like that, but you don't take into account that people like you (or your parents, sisters, brothers, friends) by the hundreds and thousands (depending on the company) will be left with no job when they close.|
I realize that. My sister is a manager at Best Buy. My brother is a struggling musician. I worry about both of them.
But that doesn't change the cold reality. The economy is founded on outdated principles. If those principles are changing... then the economy must (and will) change along with them.
I'm not going to give my money to a dying business to help keep my brother and sister employed -- I'd rather just give my money directly to my brother and sister if it comes to that.
|Walmart shut down a entire store in Canada because it went union|
Not sure what point you're trying to make here, other than providing one of many examples why Walmart is a horrific company and you should never ever shop there (which I agree with -- there was another thread about this some time ago).
|How would you feel if you worked for a company where you programmed software for a living then was put out by the company because of lost sales due to piracy?|
It would suck.
Ideally, nobody would ever commit crime, everyone would be employed at a job they love, and the economy would be bulletproof. Sadly, none of those are true. Reality is harsh.
If our economy is so fragile that it can be broken down by internet piracy, then maybe it needs to break down. Putting a bandaid on it and hoping the problem goes away is unrealistic and will just keep it weak.
|Piracy has consequences no matter what you have told yourself to the contrary. |
I agree 100%.
I think the difference in our philosophy is that we are approaching this from different angles.
You're saying "Piracy is wrong, people shouldn't be doing it or else you'll hurt the economy".
Whereas I'm saying "Piracy is real. The economy better figure out a way to work around it".
|As for the topic, who still buys? I do, I recently bought the BluRay/DVD/Digital of Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, and The Wolverine. I buy MP3 Music from Amazon regularly and then download them to my laptop so I can listen to them at night while coding. I have netflix to watch older movies, series, and cartoons (mainly for my son). I actually buy books too to read, here is my programming collection I have downloaded to my laptop through Amazon's Reader through the browser: http://prntscr.com/2jdcmc |
Notice how all of the examples you provided were not physical retail stores, but online options. Kind of supports my earlier point.