Advice needed on buying a box set on Discogs

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by kattz, Aug 16, 2022.

  1. kattz

    kattz Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    SW Ohio
    I asked yesterday, but the post was deleted before I could read the responses. Evidently I asked in the wrong forum.

    Regardless, there is a rare box set that I am considering on Discogs. So far, Discogs has been a very good place to purchase vinyl for me.

    One set is "FROM A $MILLION+ MUSEUM-QUALITY COLLECTION! Opened, Unplayed. Outer Box NM++. ALL VINYL, INNER SLEEVES AND CONTENTS MINT".

    The second set is "SEALED UNOPENED in original shrink wrap. 5LP Box Set. Black Slash through Bar Code. The shrink wrap has some rips on the back. It is wavy and it has a crease."

    Both are the same exact price.

    Any thoughts on this? I can only buy once.

    Thanks.

    Kev
     
  2. BlueBirdie

    BlueBirdie Active Member

    Location:
    Italy
    I would consider two things:

    1) both are described in stunning unplayed condition, but one is sealed, and that could mean some surprise when you open it

    2) sellers' feedback. Not only the percentage, which needs to be 100% or very close, you need to read through them and figure out which one gives the better service, communication, packaging etc.

    If feedback is okay and you want the set to play it, I'd go for the first
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2022
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  3. kattz

    kattz Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    SW Ohio
    The seller rating on the first one is 99.7% over 5,600 sales. And they just accepted my offer of 10% less... and so there it is! Thanks for the assist!

    Kev
     
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  4. BlueBirdie

    BlueBirdie Active Member

    Location:
    Italy
    Congratulations!
     
  5. Lownotes

    Lownotes Senior Member

    Location:
    Denver, CO
    What'd you buy?
     
  6. kattz

    kattz Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    SW Ohio
    Ahh, yes. The "Cheap Xmas" Donald Fagen box set. Seller knocked off an additional 10$ - $425, no tax, free shipping. I can go to my grave now knowing that I got this set.

    Now I need to part with my new copies of Sunken Condos and Morph the Cat.
     
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  7. astro70

    astro70 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Southern Illinois
    I usually would go with the second one… I find that a lot of the time, if a seller’s description or title of their listing is more than just a normal, regular capitalization description of the condition, they tend to be more of a salesman and less of an accurate grader. I hope it works out and it shows up as described, I’m just speaking from past experiences. Often times “L@@K MINT MINUS MINUS VERY RARE FIRST PRESSING NEVER PLAYED ************” usually turns out to be worse condition than “Nice copy, opened and shelved. Never played”.
     
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  8. quicksrt

    quicksrt Senior Member

    Location:
    City of Angels
    I look at seller's return policy on defective items, the distance the seller is from the buyer, and other factors no one is mentioning. But I'll keep them to myself since it's now over and done.
     
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  9. PhysicalMedia

    PhysicalMedia Active Member

    Location:
    US
    Wow--never thought about it, but you are absolutely correct. But I do like to see important/relevant facts in the listing, above and beyond "VG" and so forth...but yeah, this can easily devolve into seller hype.
     
  10. BlueBirdie

    BlueBirdie Active Member

    Location:
    Italy
    Agreed, especially the MINT MINUS MINUS part should ring a bell

    But, in OP's case I see nothing to be worried about, just a bit of useless hype
     
  11. LordThanos1969

    LordThanos1969 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ, USA
    Let us know how it turns out. The “million$ museum quality “ seller had some I was interested in purchasing
     

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