Badlands has been established since 1986 and is one of the largest independent music stores in the South West of England. They have a worldwide reputation for excellent service! And as you can see from their feedback – they have over 40,000 happy eBay customers. They also run a Bruce Springsteen fan club and have, for many years, been running trips to see him in concert in Europe and the U.S.A. Initially they did this in conjunction with other travel agents but in 2002 they set up their own travel agency (Jump Travel Ltd.) in order to improve their quality of service. They seem to have succeeded as they take 1000’s of people away each year and have many regular customers who travel with them to many shows. As well as Bruce they have also organised trips to see Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, U2, Morrissey, Brian Wilson, Eric Clapton, Tom Waits, The Who and many more in recent years.
Some thoughts from the interview
“Just try it, dip your toe in the water and try it.”
“The one thing you can do these days is to start a business relatively easily”
“There was no grand business plan, it was just something to do, we were both passionate about the music”
“From selling on a market we started to do record fairs and a business scheme”
“If you’re passionate about what you do, you’re more than half way there”
“It was almost like having two different businesses”
“If we listed 10x as much we could be selling 10 times more every day”
“Take time away, when you come back you can look at things in a different way”
“At least there is spreadsheets with records on them!”
“Get all the help and advice you can from local schemes”
“We started advertising a lot in @MOJOmagazine and @QMagazine”
“We take people all over the world using our second website”
What do they offer?
They have a Springsteen store with Jake clemons, springsteen music, new bruce releases, help dan t-shirts, posters, books and magazines, badland clothing, rarities, calendars and ties that bind. Badlands also have an extensive music collection with new releases, later with jools Holland, CD, vinyl, record store day, Badlands records and longstone. Badlands also has a nice collection of exclusive classic artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, rolling stones, beatles and the who. They also supply video formats as well as audio formats as they supply DVDs and blu-ray films and music. Too keep you looking trendy there is clothing and merchandise with Badlands clothing, merchandise, music clothing and posters. If your’e ever looking to red something then they also supply Books and magazines.
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