Monday, April 28, 2014
Happy Belated 8-Track Day (April 11th)! I couldn't remember when this beloved holiday began so I started doing a search on the internet. It seemed like no one could really put an actual date to it. I think my Dan came up with National Open A Sealed 8-Track Day back in . Whatever it's original origins, it's a fun little holiday. I saw a post recently for another online 8-track store (they sell LP's, CD's, etc. too) that talked about being the largest independent online seller of 8-track tapes. And a present they might have a larger collection than we do, but we've been doing this for a whole lot longer and probably have had as many tapes as they claim to have throughout the years. Our first large purchase of tapes was 5,000 + players and related 8-track items. Our next was 10,000 tapes. We sell large quantities for projects all over the world. Many of these tapes have been used in cool art projects. One of our local Red Robin restaurants has a large wall art of 8-tracks that were purchased from us from a company out of Canada who uses the tapes in various art related ventures. Our goal when we started our business back in 1998 was to bring the prices for common 8-tracks back down to reasonable prices. That's not to say that there aren't some 8-tracks out there that aren't worth a little more. There are some really rare or unusual carts out there that can & do command a higher price. The key thing to remember about those tapes (and sometimes even the common tape) is that the tape is worth what someone is will to pay. Our goal is still to keep the costs of 8-tracks down. We try to keep it fairly simple. We don't have a shopping cart right now or pictures of every tape we own. We do try to give fairly accurate descriptions of the tapes we put up for sale. We also try to provide the full 8-track experience by selling a wide range of 8-track supplies and accessories. We offer a repair service, but we also sell repair supplies for those who like to do their own repairs. If there's something you're looking for and we don't have it, we'll try to get it for you or tell you where you can find. I know we don't presently have 90-100,000 tapes in inventory, but we could if we wanted too; we know where to find them. I like to think that it's our reasonable prices and good service that keep our customers coming back. We have fun with this business! When the day comes that we don't, then it's time to sell to our competitors! ;) I guess it's time to get off of my 8-track box and take a deep breath! Hope everyone had a great 8-Track Day and a good Easter!!! Have to go and find some cool decorations to throw our oldest daughter a party next weekend. She will be graduating college and heading off for a fun trip. Man, I wish I were going, but she said she'd take me next time! ;) We also put up a new list last week, so check it out if you haven't had a chance to.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Spring will officially be here on March 20th, but you'd be hard pressed to tell it in many parts of the country! I was talking with one of our customers today in Minnesota and he said that they were having a blizzard outside and you could barely see across the street, but 20 or 30 miles away, the sun was shinning brightly! I'm grateful that we only had a few really cold snaps this winter. I think our weather forecasters and school administrators blew it a few times by closing the schools unnecessarily, but I guess they figure better safe than sorry. Would love to hear your winter stories. What's the most snow you had. How many days were your kiddos out of school at any one given time? Any records set this year? Do you ever find yourself looking something up on the web and then find yourself so far away from where you originally started? I was looking something up on 8-Track Heaven and ended up looking up the word 8-Track on Google. There is some interesting stuff out there. Some are articles or stuff about us and some about folks we know. One site that I found was called Lava Lamps & 8-Track Theater. Very interesting site. Here's another one - . This one, at the bottom of the tapes, mentions Cheap Trick putting out their newest album at the time (2009), on 8-track! We did that one!!! There are tons more websites out there. If you have one that you think is cool, let us know. Will be putting up a new poll so check it out. If you have something you'd like us to do a poll on, email us and let us know. Happy Spring! Kathy
Friday, January 24, 2014
We were contacted a few months back about doing a tv interview with a local tv station. We had done several with this station before and always had a lot of fun. The reporter was Mike Castellucci or the "Why Guy". He interviewed us about our 8-tracks and our oldest daughter's '76 AMC Pacer (this was while she was in high school - she's about to graduate college this spring). The other interview was about our '64 Amphicar or car/boat. Mike is a great guy and always makes the interviews fun. We were finally able to get together a couple of weekends ago to shot everything. It took 3 hours! When the final spot appeared on tv last Thursday (16th), it was 3 minutes! WOW, 3 hours to 3 minutes. But Mike did a great editing job! Here is the link to the interview (as long as it's still up). We also imbedded it on our website Also just put up a new list today - www.katestrackshack.com
Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Happy New Year 2014! 2013 was a pretty good year for us! We celebrated our 15th year in business in 2013! Looking back to when we started this business, I don't think we ever thought we would have come as far as we have. We've meet such great folks, whether it has been over the internet, in person, on the phone, etc. Our customer base is worldwide! One day I'll do a pin map to show where all of our customers are. Hope everyone had good holidays! We did. We were able to enjoy time with family and eat way to much!!!! I always think that with so much time off, I'll get a lot done. Never happens! Sometimes I think I need a vacation from a vacation to get everything caught up that I thought I would get done when I had the time off! We're looking forward to a great new year and seeing what the year has to bring. I know we'll be doing some new 8-tracks and that is always fun. We may do a tv interview this weekend if the weather isn't to bad (doesn't look like it right now). Have been trying to do this since before Thanksgiving. This reporter has done several interviews with us and he's a lot of fun, so we're excited to meet with him again. Just put up a new list today on our website. Wanted to have it done before we opened but out database when kaput! Having to basically start all over. :( Will be putting up a new poll as well. Have a great new year everyone!!! Kathy/Dan