Seeing the number of people visiting this thread, and possibly reading past the ‘work in progress signs’- the purpose here is to create a discussion place for the topic of ‘second hand’ CDs.
I suppose not having a thread filter to sort posts as ‘oldest first’, means that it may prove messy. I am keen to learn ways to keep it simple and legible.. might have to ask a mod to sticky the first eight posts(?! please do)
Many reading the thread will of course already be practising the art of second hand music buying, and hopefully a few points here-in raised may prove helpful when negotiating ‘cheap’ music.
A point I cannot hammer home enough- DO NOT PLAY HARDBALL/or be a ‘DIFFICULT’ CUSTOMER!...
For the prices we are aiming to pay, no one is going to take on stress, or want to be left ‘feeling bad’.
If any attitude is to be shown- I’d suggest-Work the opposite angle!:Courtesy, Manners and Respect; make them feel positive for helping us out. (In consumerism, seldom do we recall the price we paid, but oft we recall ‘how we felt’)
For the paltry price we wish to purchase at, make the seller a coffee and bring ‘em a newspaper (jokes). Qualify how happy they have made you simply for offering the discs for sale (if an individual seller, thank their good tastes (obviously you like them enough to want to buy them), if a shopkeep, thank them for their time displaying them etc.
To practise what I preach- in the ‘how to’, I suggest approach the counter with a large pile of potential discs (that you would be happy to buy), and ask if there is “any discount for buying in bulk”, (and continuing on without taking a breath), at these prices “may not buy all of them, so might have to double check the conditions and sort through them”..... qualify that you’d buy the cases for the art if price wasnt a concern.....
Usually an outdated product (CDs are so yesteryear), that isn’t worth a wage to stock, sort and sell, isn’t worth the trouble to haggle either. Shops are often happy just to have the stock rotated, and to create fresh space to ‘bring out more’...
Today I approached the counter with around $22 of discs....
The Gotye was a special edition CD including a DVD with a few album tracks etc (top ‘row’ of the photo, below), which had $5 on that one album!
There were a few gems in my hand, but was more than my budget for frivolous spending, and I had left quite a few ‘great buys’ on the shelf....
The agent (a volunteer at a thrift store that goes the extra mile and alphabetises their CD collection) said, what if I could do them at $1 a disc.....
For my simply asking whether there was any movement on the price if I bought ‘quite a few’,.. had me go back to the shelf and grab handfuls more,.. which now extended to some random and unknown discs bought for either their a)art, b)album title/song names and/or c)pressing quality and included booklets etc.
From the below photo, for $20 aussie dollars, we have two signed albums (Black Sorrows), a few limited edition releases (including extra discs with live tracks etc), a few gold discs of exceptional pressing quality, and every disc is immaculate, most without dust, and quite a few never even spun (guess based on conditions found in).
So the Gotye special edition I was going to pass up on @$5 was an easy ‘yes’ for $1.
The double disc Dave Brubeck for $3 was skipped due to already having... for $1 its stocking filler.... Peter Gabriel - So, for $3, still good value, but initially skipped (until the $1 offer had been extended)..
The double discs and special editions were fantastic...
Some of these discs I had been after for years (that Bare Naked Ladies - Rock Spectacle I had never found in a nice condition), and some were just rebuys of titles I own a few times over (Dido, Jewel and Deep Forrest are classics, always(OK Jewel isn’t everyones’ cuppa))..
“OK Go”? I asked my child if that disc might be interesting- was told I haven’t really listened to their music.. which mirrored my experience which had been every Nintendo 3DS update, for months, had free OK Go video clips to watch. 3D immersive videos they could do very well, but I did recall a few of their tracks were a little ‘toe tappy’, so for $1 I took the chance.
Lord of the Rings had a couple of Enya tracks I didn’t have elsewhere, and soundtracks can be useful in a lot of situations (roleplay games and fitting background music is always a hunt).
For the cost of a little over a months subscription cost to a music service, a collection can be built up in ‘no time’.
within a year, the self sufficiency of owned music is viable to survive off (heck when I was a pre-teen, CDs were expensive enough that everyone I bought was ‘very well listened too’, and I wouldn’t have had this many in a year....
For one hour of wage or less, buying some for their art is viable at these prices.
For me this is a typical heist, and I like to do so at least once per month, but if possible, once per week before I spend income on anything frivolous. It curbs my enthusiasm for further purchases, and I dismiss many other purchases because few weigh up well when considering ‘value for money’ vs the joy of buying music.
This is the first month of my child surviving without Apple music.
Has been a very easy transision, with only request being “can we buy a few ‘Pixies’ discs (a favorite band)” (“can’t believe you don’t have any of them”).
The only doubt from todays haul, was passing up a live Bat out of Hell/meatloaf CD from a concert in Melbourne, Australia, which may have featured a symphonic orchestra. The disc was marked, and I like perfect discs, so I left it behind...
As an aside:
A nice benefit of owning music is being able to display the music that you might like... more likely for guests to request common favorites if they can see you like a band as well.