SOURCE: Music Go Round

October 25, 2010 16:46 ET

Music Go Round Encourages Shoppers to Reuse-Recycle-Rock

Musical Equipment Reseller Celebrates America Recycles Day With a Reminder to Keep the Music Going

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - October 25, 2010) -  If musical instruments, equipment or gear are on your wish list or your gift list, you can "think green" -- and save some green -- when you Reuse-Recycle-Rock at your local Music Go Round store.

"Whether you're looking to buy new or gently-used musical instruments, equipment or gear, or you're ready to trade in or trade up musical gear from your own collection, we have the selection and the prices to help you keep the music going," says Merry Beth Hovey, Vice President of Marketing at Winmark Corporation, franchisor for Music Go Round. "America Recycles Day on November 15 reminds us all about the value of reusing and recycling, both for our environment and for our budgets."

Music Go Round stores attract both buyers and sellers of gently-used musical instruments and gear who share a passion for music and the environment and are looking for quality merchandise at affordable prices. Music Go Round customers can save 25% - 60% off retail prices on high-quality, in demand musical instruments and equipment or receive cash or a trade-in on-the-spot for gear from their own collections.

"Our 'Rocktoberfest' event, going on now, brings thousands of instruments into our stores each year," adds Hovey. "Musical instruments and gear that might have ended up in landfills end up instead in the hands of musicians -- young and old. It's the best kind of harmony."

In the past year, Music Go Round stores nationwide paid almost $9 million to customers who brought in more than 129,000 musical instruments and pieces of equipment to recycle or trade. Over 40,000 guitars and amplifiers; 11,380 band instruments; 7,165 drum sets & cymbals and a variety of other instruments and equipment -- a total of 127,721 in all -- were recycled back to new users. 

"America Recycles Day turns up the volume on the huge difference that recycling can make to our environment and preservation of natural resources," adds Hovey. "We're proud to be a part of this effort, not only during Rocktoberfest, but all year long. Used musical instruments have less impact on the environment, not only in terms of landfills and raw materials savings but also because they require less packaging."

Music Go Round® is franchised and branded by Winmark Corporation -- a company that provides financial services and develops franchises for retail stores that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise. There are currently 33 Music Go Round® locations in the United States that are locally owned and operated, and they have a strong Web presence highlighting their used instrument inventory at www.musicgoround.com.

For more information about Music Go Round, please visit www.musicgoround.com

Music Go Round®
Music Go Round® is the ultimate resource for used musical gear. There are 33 franchised stores in the United States and an internationally used inventory website. Music Go Round buys, sells, and trades quality used and new gear such as guitars, drums, keyboards, sound equipment, and accessories. Music Go Round is franchised by Winmark Corporation®, which also franchises Once Upon A Child®, Plato's Closet®, Play It Again Sports®, and Wirth Business Credit®. For more information visit www.musicgoround.com.

Winmark Corporation®
Winmark Corporation®, based in Minneapolis, creates, supports and finances business. Specializing in leasing and developing franchises for retail stores that buy, sell, and trade new and used merchandise, it is the parent company of Play It Again Sports®, Once Upon A Child®, Plato's Closet®, Music Go Round®, Wirth Business Credit®, Winmark Capital® and www.WBSOnline.com. Winmark has more than 900 franchise territories and is publicly traded at (NASDAQ=WINA). For more information visit www.winmarkcorporation.com.