Some Faith In Humanity Has Been Restored!
So I went to one of the local record stores (the one with high prices) to pick up Asia's third album, Astra, that I had on hold. The owner of the store was there, and he recognised me from the other day when I asked if he had any Emerson, Lake & Palmer. He asked me if I had found any, so I said I did, but one that I had wanted was really scratched. He looked it over, and said I could take it for free.
Even better, he said that he'd replace it with a good copy as soon as one became available.
So thanks, record store guy, for I now have incentive to visit your store and buy things even with the higher prices.