Daedalus Books & Music Closes, Sells Online Operations

One of the main book remainder wholesaling and retailing company for decades, Daedalus Books & Music has apparently shut its wholesale operations in Maryland and sold its online business to Universal Screen Arts in Ohio. Daedalus did not respond to queries. The Daedalus website, which was inoperative for several days, now says, "We're moving and have a lot of boxes to unpack! We apologize. Orders will begin shipping on February 9th."

Daedalus was founded in 1980. In addition to its core remainder wholesaling business, selling books, movies and CDs, it had a store in its Columbia, Md., warehouse and, for four years, a freestanding store in North Baltimore. The warehouse store is holding a "going out of business sale" for the month of February.

Universal Screen Arts has its headquarters in Hudson, Ohio, and warehouse and distribution operations in Twinsburg, Ohio. The company began in 1983 as a T-shirt and sweatshirt marketer that now specializes in internet and online shopping. Products offered include "apparel, jewelry, outdoor living, entertaining, gift, spa and personal care, pet care, kids products, home, furnishings, books and literature, T-shirts and sweatshirts, DVDs and other media, home accents and wall decors and accessories."

Besides Daedalus, Universal Screen Arts companies are Acorn Online, which specializes in British entertainment and gifts "from around the globe"; Bas Bleu, "books and gifts for avid readers"; CatalogClassics, "customer favorites from the world of Mail Order and Online retail"; Signals, "gifts that inform, enlighten and entertain"; Support Plus, "better products for a better life"; and Whatonearth, "cool tees and stuff."

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