Elvis Fans Are Big Spenders

Following the article “Too Much (of Everything)" on this website - in which the multirelease policy of BMG is questioned - the Belgian fanclub ElvisMatters did an interesting poll. The question was: “What kind of money do you spend on Elvis per month?”. Over 200 visitors voted with the following results. Only 26 percent said they bought for less than 50 euro (65 dollar) a month. A majority of 39% spent “between 50 euro and 125 euro (160 dollar) each month, and 11 percent bought for a total of 125 euro to 250 euro (325 dollar) CD’s, books and memorabilia of the King. Still 1 out of 4, or 24 percent, needs more than 250 euro a month to keep track with the countless releases.
Source: ElvisMatters / Updated: Mar 19, 2005 
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cathyreno (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2005report abuse
I agree with this article we 'elvis fans' can spend personally if I want a particular item I'll do my best to get it and make the necessary sacrifices ''I hope I spelt that right'' later... I want value for money and recent purchases of 68 TV Special and Aloha from Hawall I certainly feel I got my moneys worth. T C B
Tina S (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 26, 2005report abuse
we must all be very sad to keep buying the same elvis things over and over.
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 21, 2005report abuse
if you wait enough you can pick up a lot of cheap cd;s just have to wait your turn and look out for them . 2 to none and the number 1's if you look around are cheap . wont tell you and i cant remember how much i have spent since 1964 and the recordings will get better and better it will seem like elvis is still alive and right in one of your ears .
Tina S (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
i have but its not elvis thank goodness
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
Tina, when you have money buy a cd with a good version of Hurt....lol.
scarlet o hara (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
I haven't got a lot of money, but I do sacrifice nights out and of course there is the credit card. And years ago I do remember that I sold my entire record collection ( not any of Elvis's) just to buy one Elvis LP. I know I sound obsessive, but who cares, I've given up trying to work myself out, I just enjoy it as a hobby. After our evening meal I volunteer to do the clearing up just so that I can have some peace and quiet while listening to my cds. My husband and daughter never complain at that!
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
Tina S: You're right. I feel as we are insensitive about people who can't offer all the things we can. Sorry for this. I'm sure things will be better in a future for you.
When I was young, I had to fight to buy Elvis albums, and was enable to have them all. Well, I was happy anyway. Take care.
Tina S (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
i would like to spend like u all do if only i had the money u all seem to have
Techy_Viola (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
I guess I spend somewhere in the region of £200 ($400) per month and even that really doesn't make a very big dent in the amount of Elvis stuff released. My priorities have changed over the years - I use to try and buy every bootleg which came out but now my priority is the FTD stuff, followed by decent books, and of course some 'collectibles' - especially singing bears and hound dogs!
Besides I'm lucky that my friend David from Lincoln will record anything I want and I suppose he must spend in excess of $1500 a month on Elvis alone - how I wish I could have been a credit card consultant like him!
dailyone (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
for the new fan it is a bonaza of goods to buy and it will cost a lot of money . to the more experieced fans this is not on get a life
Rob Nelson (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 20, 2005report abuse
All these interesting posts remind me of a time when I was a young Elvis Fan of 17. The year was 1980 and the Elvis Aaron Presley Boxed Set arrived in the shops. The price was around $80.00 dollars (Canadian currency) before taxes. My point is I made the journey to my bank and withdrew all the funds I had in my account to make my Elvis purchase without a thought about necessities. The "good" old days.
I wish the financial lenders, banks would consider a special Elvis line of credit for long term Elvis fans. Perhaps a pop quiz would satisfy their credit criteria. We must surely keep the economy healthy with the buying activity. I know I am dreaming again. Happy buying friends.
Peter@EM (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
Hi guys, it doesn't happen that often - but in a major way, you're all right (except for that rich-part in Lex's reply perhaps ;-). Scarlet said it the way I really feel: there's only one Elvis and only one life! And I don't feel guilty AT ALL - far on the contrary. The more, the merrier.
TCB!
gema (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
I am an Elvis fan since 3 years ago, more or less. Although is a short time, Elvis has reached so deep in my life and I try to buy everything I can, but it is really difficult to come up with all the new realeses, and buy, at the same time, old stuff that is essential to complete any decent Elvis fan collection. I am sure lots of people know what I´m talking about. If I can dream I´ll have it some day.....
PaulFromFrance (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
Like many Elvis fans, I'm a big spender, and it annoys me a lot to think Priscilla and Lisa-Marie can have a good life because of me. ;-) Fortunately (if I dare to say this), my wife spends a lot too. So... she can't complain, and it's a relief, believe me. ;-) Anyway, as I've already said, I bought mainly the official stuff (BMG and FTD releases), because it's the music that counts. About the books... well, I have to buy "Elvis in Munich", and after this, I'll wait the next Ger Rijff.
scarlet o hara (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
I probably spend about £200 per month, and I must say that I have begged, stealed, lied, and definately borrowed to be able to buy Elvis bits and pieces. And do I feel guilty? No I don't, there's only one life and mine is wizzing past fast enough, if Elvis Presley can brighten my life on a daily basis, then I'm not going to complain.
Marko (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
Well, I think I spend 125-250, or in some months even more on Elvis stuff, but I buy old vinyls also, whenever I find something that I'm interested in. Sometimes it makes me wonder, what the heck i'm doing, because I already have all songs, and probably most studio and live takes of everything. And everytime somethinf new is released, I'll have to buy it.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
I have to admit that I used to be like that... well, like Ton, since I'm not as rich as Peter. But nowadays I skip most of the boots, since they are mostly sh*t anyway. So it's the legal releases, some books... well, I think I'm still like that. :-)
Peter@EM (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
Indeed they are, Ton. I just got back from the shop and bought "Like A Prince", "Elvis In Munich", a 4CD set with 100 'original' Elvis songs (by other artists), and a few regular CD's. That cost me, minus the discount, 135 euro. And that's for one week only ;-( But can we live without it...? I guess I'll have to talk with my boss... ;-)
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2005report abuse
Yes Elvis fans are big spenders. I belong to the group that spend between 50 euro and 125 euro each month.

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