Hi all. I'm new to the forum. There are lots of interesting threads and I'm looking forward to following several of them. My biggest current interest is in collecting vinyl, something I've done casually most of my life, but as I approach retirement, something I'm becoming for serious about. I'd love to bounce ideas, discuss efforts, etc. with fellow collectors. I've been purchasing from thrift stores and antique shops recently and my rule of thumb in the thrift store hunts has been to average paying no more that $1 a record. I'll pay $2 occasionally when vinyl and covers are in exceptionally good shape, but when records haven't been cared for, covers aren't in good shape, sleeves are missing, etc. $1 is my limit. I've found that if I'm offering to buy 10-30 records sellers are willing to negotiate in most cases. What I'm trying to find, so far unsuccessfully, have been personal collections. I have some leads, and even went so far as to print up some business cards as I try and spread the word that I'm interested in those records people might have sitting on a shelf untouched for decades. What are reasonable prices to pay in this situation? For example, an individual has 100 albums in good shape, mainly common 60s and 70s classic rock with a few country, soul, pop, and / or jazz in the mix. What would a fair price be? I'm thinking between $30-$50 but I'm not sure. My reasoning is that between 1/3 and 1/2 the records will end up being in no better that G condition or just have no resell value so I am buying the whole collection to pay about .75 or $1 for the keepers. I'd love to hear from others. Am I off in my thinking, assumptions? What are your personal guidelines, objectives when you are collecting.