Appraising my collection

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by italianprog, May 2, 2019.

  1. italianprog

    italianprog Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    I am moving and want to sell about half my collection. A dealer is coming tomorrow to look at the lot. There are about 300 pieces total.

    200 records are domestic US pressings from the 1970s, mostly classic rock, hard rock and prog. Think Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, Yes, Beatles, etc. The media range from VG to VG+, sleeves are pretty typical for that era. A few have water damage.

    100 records are modern pressings and reissues, mostly indie rock and alternative. Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes etc. Media is all VG+ to M- and some have been opened but never played.

    How much should I ask for this? What price is fair for both me and the dealer?
     
  2. CraigVC

    CraigVC Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    You'll never know unless you do the research yourself for each piece, then recognize that the dealer is going to need purchase the lot from you at a large cut below actual appraised value to cover her time for coming out to your place, business overhead, etc.

    If you don't want to take the time to do the research for yourself (I get it; it would take a lot of time to do that for 300 items; I'm prepping to sell about that many LPs myself, but I'm gearing up to list them individually...), you just have to trust that the dealer is going to offer you a fair price, and decide whether and how much you want to negotiate with the initial offered price.
     
  3. NettleBed

    NettleBed Forum Resident

    Location:
    new york city
    ^ What he said.

    I wouldn't take anything less than $1K for that, though, based on your description.
     
  4. Raynie

    Raynie Hyperactive!

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    400 would be my expectation. Water damaged, VG= 0. VG+ strong sellers, 1-2; slow movers 0-.50. New records, maybe 2 each.
     
    Last edited: May 2, 2019
  5. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    Keep us updated as to what you were offered but I don't think you'll get much more than $300 for the lot. Doesn't sound like anything you have is rare or out of the ordinary which is what I'm basing my offer on.

    If it were me, I'd sell the NM modern stuff on Discogs on an individual basis which will take longer but get you more money and sell the rest as a lot. My 2 cents.
     
  6. bluesbro

    bluesbro Forum Hall of Shame

    Location:
    DC
    $300 tops. The ones with water damage will be considered trash by the dealer, so price may depend on how many are in this condition.
     
  7. Kurt RUhlin

    Kurt RUhlin Forum Resident

    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    I agree with the $300-$400 comments. Bulk wholesale used records don't go for much - these are the highest margin products for record stores. They know your alternative is the hassle of selling yourself and dealing with (some) picky end consumers. Good luck!
     
  8. If you are looking to make a quick bulk sale you should not use past sale prices as an expectation on what you will be offered. Someone who is a dealer will need to lay out cash up front for a lot of things that may sit for a while or not sell at all. Forget the water damaged items and truly VG LPs if they are not hard to find copies.
     
  9. italianprog

    italianprog Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Thanks all for the feedback. I may reconsider selling and just play the long game, or move them. Will let you know what the dealer says.
     
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  10. Jeremy Bunting

    Jeremy Bunting Forum Resident

    Why not take a few hours to catalog them on Discogs? That'll give you the most accurate read on the value of your entire collection.
     
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  11. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    Just a guess but if the OP wanted to do a bulk sale, he doesn't have the time or the motivation to take the time to do so.
     
  12. italianprog

    italianprog Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    USA
    Thanks everyone. Dealer offered 600 and I took it.
     
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  13. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    I would've too! You made some good coin. :)
     

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