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    Posted: January 17 2011 at 17:57
This weekend, I got an e-mail from Hans Galjé that Dutch online store Progwalhalla.nl will close on February 1st. Due to low demand and decreasing margins Hans is no longer able to maintain the store. A close down sale will be organised.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2011 at 18:19
This as in the same week as Sony announced closures of the two biggest CD plants in the world. You have to wonder where this world is going. Answers, please. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 18 2011 at 01:13
It's a pity, I remember Hans helped me to find some albums which I could not find somewhere else.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2011 at 12:12
I don't know where the world is going, depends on where Great A'tuin takes it i guess.... it's a pity indeed. I spent 2 months some years ago to reimplement the web site and the shop, and now Hans is back to being a mail man....
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 21 2011 at 12:39
Wow, that must mean the sales were very, very tiny. I don't how much this costs in the Netherlands, but in Romania the monthly fee for having the online payment software on your website from one of the two official providers was somewhere around 70 dollars. I suppose PayPal does it even cheaper. 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 22 2011 at 07:17

The only Portuguese physical store specializing in Prog also closed its doors early this month. Yet the indie/alternative ones just keep springing up from ground. What is the world coming to? Unhappy



Edited by Kotro - January 23 2011 at 13:45
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 23 2011 at 08:15
Damn, that sucks! But I'm surprised that I didn't get that mail at all.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 23 2011 at 09:14
I don't know what Hans' strategy is on publishing this. He told people at a prog get together at his house over the weekend, and informed me by e-mail because I have to take the site down on February 1st.

@harmonium.ro: keeping the site up costs around 200 euro's a year, the problem for Hans is the amount of stock he has to keep to satisfy people (if they can get it quicker from other sources, they don't come to him) and the margin he can make per CD (which should cover the cost, but also his rent and a daily meal). I don't know the exact numbers, but competition from direct sales at InsideOut and other record companies, iTunes and bands selling their own stuff is huge when it comes to the prog niche of the market.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 23 2011 at 16:32
Well, it was a very good store. Hans once got me Celeste's classic album Principe Di Un Giorno. I was very glad he could get it for me.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 23 2011 at 17:19
Huh, that's sad, although I can't say I've ever heard of them before since I'm in the US. The future will probably be people mostly buying albums directly from an artist/indie label, that is what I try to do whenever possible. Resellers are an endangered species.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2011 at 15:20
Originally posted by Henry Plainview Henry Plainview wrote:

  The future will probably be people mostly buying albums directly from an artist/indie label, that is what I try to do whenever possible. Resellers are an endangered species.
 
Buying directly from the artist could be a bit problematic. not always you want to deal with your favourite artist about demages to CD's (that probably not the artist fault), or delays in sending, or post mistakes etc.
 
buying from a specific artist/label mean you could buy this artist/label only. The 'Resellers' plus is the possibility to buy different records, from different lables for each purchase.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 08 2011 at 13:24
It's done now. Yesterday I took the site offline for good, after a prolonged closing sale.


R.I.P. Progwalhalla.
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