JBosworth – I wasted my time doing this not to send Apple or the RIAA a message, but to send one to consumers. That message is that you should know the terms of your “purchase” and if you think you’ll want to get money out of your collection someday you might want to look into another way to get your music. I think that the success of iTunes Music Store sends a much clearer message to the RIAA about individual song purchase than I ever could.
You sound like a person who never makes bad purchases, which is pretty impressive. As for me, I’ve bought quite a few questionable CDs in my time, and I was glad to be able to sell them to the used CD store once I realized that Vanilla Ice wasn’t Moses leading us to a musical promised land.
The buyer’s remorse and I are well acquainted. Unfortunately people’s tastes in music change over time. Fortunately, people’s tastes differ and so there’s usually someone to sell your unwanted music to, unless it’s something so awful that no one would want it (see Vanilla Ice).
Chewing gum isn’t a very good analogy because it depreciates quickly with use (I remember in elementary school we constantly offered each other ABC Gum – Already Been Chewed). A better analogy would be a CD; judging from the number of used CD stores I don’t think I need to support my argument.