Re: Cassettes don't take abuse well
I bought a handful of cassettes in the 2002-2005 range and can probably remember them all. Some weere at a Coconuts (I had to google to verify that this was the name of the store; hilariously, one of the top Google hits for "Coconuts music store" is an article called "5 Major Record Store Chains We Wish Still Existed" published on.... Myspace.com!), some were at an independent store.
The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps (I guess this was an advance copy because it's got much tamer art than the eventual album. I played this a ton and still have it)
Dead Milkmen - Cream of the Crop
Moody Blues - A Question of Balance
dammit there was at least one more I'm blanking on