CDs, RECORDS, AND TAPES SHOPPING IN BOSTON

CDs, RECORDS, AND TAPES SHOPPING IN BOSTON

And you probably know about this major chain, weaving its way around the country:

New York Carpet World

75 Stockwell Dr. (Rte. 24), Avon; (508)559-6033

599 Worcester Rd. (Rte. 9), Natick; (508) 653-7773

333 Providence Hwy. (Rte. 1), Norwood; (617) 769-7191 444 Broadway (Rte. 1), Saugus; (617)231-9850

Like used book shops, many of these places allow you to trade in music you no longer want (some, alas, don’t accept LPs anymore). You can get cash for the deal, but you’ll get more by taking store credit instead. Besides, this is an easy way to check out artists you may not want to try at full price.

CD Spins

187 Harvard Ave. Allston; (617) 787-7680

324 Newbury St. Boston; (617) 267-5955

The original Allston shop, a tiny walk-down, has split itself in two. Both have lots of good music (on cassettes as well as CDs), and a very liberal return policy. Rock is the main dish at the Allston branch; the downtown branch, near Tower Records, houses their jazz, classical, and folk collection.

You may find the Grateful Dead’s double CD set Without a Net, on sale for $18.99; a couple of never-opened Genesis discs were each $8.99. New titles are often mixed in with the used ones. And there is a large rack of bargain CDs, priced from just $1 to $6; even there, you’ll find such names as Robert Plant and LL Cool J.

Now, here’s the best part. All CDs are fully returnable for seven days even used ones for full credit (keep that receipt!). So your music shopping is essentially risk-free. A further bargain: If you buy four CDs, you can get a fifth one at half-price.

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