Q. I would like to know why new release DVDs and music DVDs always are released on Tuesdays. You would think that by releasing them on Fridays there would be increased sales as many people rent movies for the weekend rather than on Tuesdays.


Happy Christmas Eve everyone! Here are two completely unrelated questions to ponder.

Q. I would like to know why new release DVDs and music DVDs always are released on Tuesdays. You would think that by releasing them on Fridays there would be increased sales as many people rent movies for the weekend rather than on Tuesdays.

A. I’m not sure I have the definitive answer here. In fact, I’m not convinced there is a definitive answer except for “this is the way it’s done.”

Theories abound on the Internet. Some of the ones that seem most plausible to me include:

• CDs and DVDs are released on Tuesdays because sales figures for albums are released on Mondays.

While films are ranked according to weekend sales figures, the billboard charts are determined according to weekly sales. Thus, in order to maximize their sales potential, albums have to be released immediately after the posting of the previous week’s sales figures.

Shipments of music usually begin to arrive in stores on Thursday. That gives the stores time to coordinate special midnight sales on Monday evening, as opposed to Sunday, which is usually a shorter workday. (From answers.yahoo.com)

• Tuesday is the slowest shopping day of the week, so it encourages revenue on an off day. (Also from answers.yahoo.com) However, I also read online Monday is the slowest shopping day of the week, so I’m a little suspect.

• Because Billboard releases its charts on Wednesday, the Tuesday release date gives an album a full week of sales to count toward Billboard’s facts and figures. (Google answers this time. I love the Internet. Full of unsubstantiated but interesting information!)

I contacted Nicole Hennessey, communications manager for the National Association of Recording Merchandisers. NARM is a not-for-profit trade association that’s been around since 1958. Hennessey said her understanding is the practice began about 20 years ago as a way to ensure retailers of all sizes were on an even playing field, with one not getting product before another and selling it before their competition.

I figure that answer is likely a little more reliable than those randomly posted online, but I say believe which answer sounds the most fun to you. (Or make up a theory of your own and post it online. That works, too.)

Q. I have a question for your column. What is being built just west of Braum's where the old gas station used to be?

A. Unless plans have changed, it will be a new Comfort Inn. The plans as presented in July of this year call for a 60-room facility with an indoor swimming pool and meeting rooms located at First and Sherman streets. The Newton City Commission approved a final plat of the location in July.

Owners will be Jay Bakhta and Madhu Patel, who also are co-owners of a Comfort Inn in Wichita.

And now, Merry Christmas everyone. I wish you safe travel, tasty food and warm memories. Toodles!