It was too good to be true.
ANY 12 ALBUMS FOR A PENNY.
And, heck, in the days when new albums ran in the $8.99 range, well… you can imagine our glee when we saw THAT offer.
All your favorite albums were right there for the picking, courtesy of the Columbia Record and Tape Club–– Madonna, Loverboy, Foreigner, Michael Jackson. The only thing you had to do was sit down with your pencil and circle the ones you wanted, send in the form, and then… well, then, in the next three years you only had to buy four more at ‘regular club price’.
Sign. Me. Up.
Within a few weeks, that most-excellent cardboard box showed up in your mail, jammed full of so many new tapes (with that trademark red lettering on the side) that you didn’t know where to begin. AWESOME!
And every month thereafter, you got the new catalog (and order form) in the mail. If you didn’t do anything, (those sneaky bastards) the ‘selection of the month’ was automatically mailed to you… so you’d better be damn sure to fill out that little card saying, ‘Send no selection at this time’. Otherwise, you might just get that random package a few weeks later with Air Supply’s Greatest Hits in it. Gag!
“Um, Mom? How do you spell R-E-T-U-R-N T-O S-E-N-D-E-R?”
…and can we all universally agree how quickly those three years flew by?
Eh–– we suppose, looking back, that all the headaches were worth it in the long run. Sure, the postage and handling jacked up the ‘regular club price’ up to 12 or 13 bucks, but when all was said and done, you gotta love all that music you got… for just one penny.
We ♥ Columbia House.