I've gone from buying $50 LPs to 50¢ LPs

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by RJ3000, Nov 15, 2013.

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  1. RJ3000

    RJ3000 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Milton, MA
    I first got back into vinyl two years ago, stumbling into this forum with the intent to build up a vinyl collection. Some of my first titles purchased were indeed $50 records: our host's wonderful 45rpm mastering of A Charlie Brown Christmas, Classic Records 200g pressing of Zappa's Hot Rats, the MFSL pressing of Beck's Sea Change.

    Soon through the addictive Classifieds area and Ebay I was able to pick up some great LPs at 1/10 that price.

    Well today, I finally went into the Salvation Army store near my in-laws' that I've been driving past for over 10 years. Holy ****! A treasure trove of vinyl for 49¢ a piece! In my first pass today picked up some beauties: Mono Sinatra September of My Years, Pickwick/33 pressing of Sergio Mendes Trio's So Nice, Chicago IX, WHAM Make it Big and more. I haven't even run them through my VPI 16.5 yet and they sound great. Granted I had to pick through a bunch of Jim Nabors, Andy Williams and Whipped Cream & Other Delights to find these!

    I know I won't be finding recent audiophile pressings at this place, but I'm thrilled to be able to flesh out my collection at a bargain price. And tomorrow everything in the store is 50% off -- LPs for a quarter!
     
  2. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

    Location:
    US
    Now you are learning, my young padawan. Seek the bargain, not the pricey.


    However your Charlie Brown Xmas and Classic Records are still good buys!
     
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  3. The Zodiac

    The Zodiac God's Lonely Man

    Hell yes.
     
  4. Flashlight

    Flashlight Well-Known Member

    And the competition grows yet again... :(


    :)
     
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  5. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    That's Great! I'll still spend fifty bucks though on a record depending on the release. it's not necessary but sometimes it's worth it.
     
  6. Agent57

    Agent57 Marshall will buoy, but Fender control

    Location:
    PA
    Right on, brother...I go out looking for used vinyl at flea markets and yard sales just about every other weekend and usually come home with an arm full, often for under 20 bucks...happy hunting (just stay the hell out of my area) :laugh:

    FWIW, all I can recommend to anyone looking to score ridiculous vinyl deals at flea markets is: get there as early as possible. Most of the places I frequent have usually been picked through on Saturdays by 9am.
     
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  7. RJ3000

    RJ3000 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Milton, MA
    I hear you. I just overpaid for the Beatles BBC Vol 2 pressing so I could get the promo 7" so it won't be 100% bargain bins for me (and I've been enjoying the BBC set).
     
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  8. ssmith3046

    ssmith3046 Forum Resident

    Yup, I own a lot of great records that I paid a few bucks for and lot of great records that I paid fifty dollars for. Everything gets cleaned on my Okki Nokki RCM which cost a heck of a lot more than any album that I've bought but was one of the best investments that I've made for my record collection.
     
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  9. dlokazip

    dlokazip Forum Transient

    Location:
    Austin, TX, USA
    A few years ago, a record store here in town used to run weekend sales where all of their $2.00 used stock would be marked down to 4-for-$1. In the span of a few years, I paid a quarter for the following LPs in VG+ to NM condition. It's a great feeling, isn't it?

    Bryan Adams-Reckless
    Asia

    Jeff Beck-There And Back
    Pat Benatar-Precious Time
    Pat Benatar-Live From Earth
    Commodores-All The Great Hits
    Roger Daltrey-Under A Raging Moon
    Dire Straits-Brothers In Arms
    Foghat-Live
    Genesis-Three Sides Live
    Genesis
    (shapes)
    Honeymoon Suite
    Jethro Tull-Living In The Past
    Loverboy

    Loverboy-Get Lucky
    Loverboy-Lovin' Every Minute Of It
    Manfred Mann's Earth Band-Somewhere In Afrika
    Steve Miller Band-Fly Like An Eagle
    Steve Miller Band-Circle Of Love
    Steve Miller Band-Italian X-Rays
    Missing Persons-Rhyme & Reason
    Missing Persons-Color In Your Life
    Aldo Nova

    The Police-Outlandos d'Amour
    The Police-Synchronicity
    Quarterflash

    REO Speedwagon-A Decade Of Rock and Roll 1970 to 1980
    Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band-Live Bullet
    Pete Townshend-Scoop
    Robin Trower-Bridge Of Sighs
    Wings Over America
    (Wally pressing)
    Gary Wright-Dream Weaver
    Yes-Big Generator
    ZZ Top-Fandango! (London label)
     
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  10. markbrow

    markbrow Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    I've paid $50 for crappy vinyl and 50 cents for perfect. You just gotta look.
     
  11. One Louder

    One Louder Forum Resident

    Location:
    Peterborough, ON
    I used to find great stuff in the cheap bins at Legends Records in Ottawa. They had a five for a dollar bin where I'd sometimes find good titles in perfectly acceptable condition like Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark and Sly and the Family Stone's Greatest Hits. There was a separate $1 each bin where one time I got copies of Zappa's Overnite Sensation and Apostrophe. I later saw the same albums in about the same condition I found them at Legends going for $20 each at a store in Toronto. Legends also had a discount section where everything was $10 and under. I got the first few Alice Cooper albums including Pretties For You that way.

    For a few years I worked at a Salvation Army and got good stuff with my employee discount like Amon Duul II's Tanz Der Lemminge, a Jamaican album of Lee Perry productions and the National Wildlife Fund benefit album that included Across the Universe, all for under a dollar each.
     
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  12. RJ3000

    RJ3000 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Milton, MA
    There's a pretty good range of used vinyl options in the Boston area -- from record stores where you can get some neat used stuff for $5-10 to thrift stores in hipster neighborhoods that have $1-2 LPs (usually more recent stuff).

    I'm in one of those "flat out" busy phases of life: just had third kid, working, teaching evenings, etc. so the thrill of this find is that I literally drive by it nearly every day.
     
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  13. Wally Swift

    Wally Swift Forum Resident

    Location:
    Brooklyn New York
    Way before 9AM. I'm there at 5:00am with a flashlight!
     
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  14. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I still pick up vinyl at thrift shops for a quarter each...
     
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  15. RelayerNJ

    RelayerNJ Forum Resident

    Location:
    Whippany, NJ
    bargain bins are great, but it's finding space! I've become selective (had to) and will take a great $50 record over 50 $1 records
     
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  16. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    I got some original Beatles American albums for next to nothing...I mainly bought them for the covers.I was thrilled to find a mint MTB and Introducing...on the wall they went! I enjoy them everyday!
     
  17. RJ3000

    RJ3000 Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Milton, MA
    In my searching today, I came upon the "Apple Jam" third disc from All Things Must Pass. I didn't see rest of the set -- man, *that* would have been a score!
     
  18. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    hey maybe you will find the other 2...it's possible!
     
  19. chewy

    chewy Forum Resident

    Location:
    West Coast USA
    or the best is when u find a $50 lp for .50 cents! u know it happens!
     
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  20. Hamhead

    Hamhead Sinatra promo specialist

    I'm just giving you the heads up, speaking of cheap records.

    In the next couple of weeks I'm going to be dumping a bunch of records from my collection. Double copies, things I don't play, and records that I found a better copy of. I just moved two more racks to hold all the new records.
    The project should be ready by the end of the month, I'm more interested in trading by the way.
    If anyone lives in North Wilmington/ Southern Pennsylvania and wants to trade wax, drop me a line.

    [​IMG]
     
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  21. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    YES~I found a load of original albums from the 60's at the public library for a dime each...great stuff.
     
  22. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

    Location:
    Hyannis Ma
    Just don't buy "crappy" records. Ya know, records that won't thrill ya.

    Save your Pepsi money. ;)
     
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  23. Platterpus

    Platterpus Forum Resident

    Location:
    MPLS
    I usually never spend more than 50 cents for vinyl. I buy all my stuff used at thrift stores and record store bargain bins. You get weeded out stuff at the bargain bins, but thrift stores really can be a surprise sometimes.
     
  24. AxC.

    AxC. Forum Resident

    Location:
    New York
    The only records I paid more than $5 for so far are the newly released ones. I usually buy used records for about a dollar each, haven't found a place that charges less yet.
     
  25. talkradio

    talkradio Forum Resident

    Location:
    Cologne, Germany
    I've set my limit to 5EUR and within that limit I've found for example great copies of:

    White Album
    Rubber Soul
    Let it bleed
    Exile
    Sticky Fingers
    Led Zeppelin 2 RL (OK, this one's pretty bonfire-ish)
    DSOTM
    WYWH (german 400 010...sounds awesome; 1EUR!)

    plus tons of others.
     
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