can someone tell me what does "a tax write-off" and also "consigned to specialty sections" mean in the following text:

Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote that prior to Nirvana, "alternative music was consigned to specialty sections of record stores, and major labels considered it to be, at the very most, a tax write-off".

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvana_(band)#Legacy

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Simply put, a tax write-off is any legitimate expense that can be deducted from your taxable income, when you file your tax returns.

Also, according to Wikipedia:

In income tax calculation, a write-off is the itemized deduction of an item's value from a person's taxable income. Thus, if a person in the United States has a taxable income of $50,000 per year, a $100 telephone for business use would lower the taxable income to $49,900. If that person is in a 25% tax bracket, the tax due would be lowered by $25. Thus the net cost of the telephone is $75 instead of $100.

And as for consigned to specialty sections of record stores, the most probable meaning is that prior to Nirvana and it's immense success, any form of alternate music was not in great demand and, as such, was usually placed only in the specials section of record stores, away from the (then) mainstream music, if you will.

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