Discogs selling tips?

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by 12" 45rpm, Jan 7, 2019.

  1. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    New York City
    Last month I started selling my collection of unwanted vinyl on discogs. Because of Christmas, I sold some records very quickly. I believe one even makes some $ on shipping since the media label is only $1-2..

    Is it worth it to put "dollar bin" kind of records on discogs? I am talking about stuff that everybody has and almost nobody wants.. Does this stuff ever sell, even for $0.99 ?

    Curious to hear other tips from experienced sellers on how to price and list things...
     
  2. Strat-Mangler

    Strat-Mangler Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto
    I wouldn't even bother putting the time into listing them. I'd collect all of those types of records and dump them to Goodwill.

    Every record has the lowest, highest, and average price they sell at. Prices can be all over the place so that's a handy way of determining a realistic price.
     
  3. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    Greater Vancouver
    :shrug: That depends on how many you have. Generally I'd agree with Strat-Mangler though unless you've got some serious volume to move then it could be worth the effort.
     
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  4. cwitt1980

    cwitt1980 Forum Resident

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    Carbondale, IL USA
    I don't thinks so. Is it worth the time of grading, answering questions, packing, possible issues with delivery, irritable buyers, etc? Maybe for cds because they can be simple to grade and pack but vinyl, not so much. If you really want money for them, I'd set up at a flea market or something like that instead. Or save yourself some time and find a store that has a bargain bin and get something in trade you can sell more easily online (even if it's not much). Keep in mind, a lot of stores don't really need more bargain bin records.
     
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  5. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

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    :agree: I'd agree you with 100% 0n this. It's a lot of extra work to satisfy Vinyl buyers.
     
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  6. 12" 45rpm

    12" 45rpm Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    New York City
    So far I've sold around 15 records on discogs since I started a few months ago. All have been single purchases. Nobody has added any of my "dollar bin" stuff to their purchase even though shipping would cost nothing extra..

    So I suppose most use discogs for buying single sought-after records..
     
  7. cwitt1980

    cwitt1980 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Carbondale, IL USA
    I think so. Every so often something really common will sell. I've seen that with cds but never bothered with vinyl. As more people know about the site, maybe more common cheap items will. I work at a record store and unless someone is a record collector, they probably aren't even aware. Almost anytime I mention it to the Christmas-Getting-Into-Vinyls type, they have no idea what I'm talking about.

    I only tell them because they ask questions about why we don't have every album ever made or how we come up with prices. I tell them they might be able to find that album on Discogs and that we use Discogs as a sort of guideline for values.
     
  8. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Location:
    Baja Virginia
    My buying habits may be atypical, but when I find that one soecispe album I want, I usually check the seller's inventory to see if there is anything else there that I want.

    So I don't think there's any harm in listing them, but you might need some "good stuff" to attract customers in the first place.

    What sort of stuff are we talking about here? I recently had a Moody Blues album on my wantlist -- once extremely popular and now extremely unhip -- and I saw tons of cheap copies on Discogs. I don't know if anyone is buying them (I bought one for 3 or 4 bucks) but people certainly are listing them.
     
  9. Christian Hill

    Christian Hill It's all in the mind

    Location:
    Boston
    Don't.


    You're welcome.
     
  10. InStepWithTheStars

    InStepWithTheStars It's a miracle, let it alter you

    You're not likely to sell it if it's a common title and there are already boatloads listed. However, from my experience (although I almost exclusively buy CDs), there are times when I will jump on a cheap disc because it's there, it's cheap, and I want it. Either the condition-to-price is a good ratio, there are no other US sellers, shipping is cheap, etc.

    If you aren't in any rush to get rid of them, put them up and see if anyone bites. You don't have to pay listing fees, so you really don't have anything to lose. The market may be small, but you never know when someone will wake up and say "I should pick up a better copy of Hooligans" and stumble across your listing, with a good price and cheap shipping.

    The trade-off is that you won't make a ton of money and you'll have to take all the listings down if you decide to trade all your unwanted discs into a used shop, lest incur the wrath of the impatient buyer. It probably isn't worth the hassle, but who knows, you might make someone very, very happy.
     

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