Advantages cheap @ 8.99 each, great customer service, good communications, very quick site, quick to add to cart from main page
Disadvantages delivery time a little long (acceptable), not a huge back catalogue yet (ever increasing)
Let me start by saying this is ONE OF the cheapest places to get your CDs, online of offline. Anyone who still buys CDs in the shops I can only say WHAT THE HELL??? Currently CDs in HMV or MVC cost at least £14.99 each. I believe that to be highway robbery and you’ll NEVER catch me buying a CD in the high street. Now onto the site, where you can get CDs for 8.99!!! I have now been using the site for about 18 months, and have watched it grow from a very basic text like site in the beginning to what it is now.Okay, I kid you not, all single CDs on the site are 8.99 and all doubles are 10.99, and this includes delivery to your door! Some special releases are a bit more (Radiohead book CD thing was 12.99), but this rare. All CDs they sell are international editions, so if there is a special edition with extra tracks on it you are after, make sure you check the track listing before you buy!
When you first hit the dark and simple site that is CD-WOW, you might think it is a bit basic. But trust me, this is the appeal rather than the letdown in this case, espectially as the whole site runs very quickly and smoothly. The background is a light black (yes I know – I made it up) with the words CDWOW repeated over and over like a wrapping paper. Along the top is a neat very basic CDWOW logo and a banner to their current promotion of bargain basement CDs (6.99 for some slightly out of date releases). Directly under this is a full size banner showing their ‘album of the month’, with an in depth description and picture.The main page is divided into 3 columns, the first being a list of around 20 of their newest releases, all with album pictures, prices, and an instant add to cart link. The second column lists the CDWOW top 20 CDs by sales, with the same details as the first column. The third column shows what is available for pre-order, and half way down continues the new releases from the first column. So far so good, if you want a new releases that is.
I have read too many ops here that say CDWOW only sells the top75 CDs. Firstly, this is a load of bollocks, and it shows that the people who wrote these ops did not use the site very much and therefore should not be writing them in the first place. Yes, CDWOW’s collection is not as diverse as some other sites, but they stock more than the top 75 I can guarantee that.From the main page there is a link called ‘browse artists’. Here is where you will find any CD not in the charts. Trust me, Guns n’Roses – Use Your Illusion I & II are not chart toppers currently, yet there they are for 8.99. AND Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chilli Peppers is the same, 8.99 (definitely not a chart topper for the last 5 years). You can also search by artist, title or track! So if you remember the song but not whom it’s by (like I ALWAYS do) you are in luck!
Now, you’ve picked a few CDs and added them to your cart and you are ready to ‘checkout’. This is where I come to some mixed feelings about CDWOW. You do not become a member at CDWOW or have an account like other online shops.
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