UK Charity (Thrift) Shop CD Hunting

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by MC Rag, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. uncarvedbloke

    uncarvedbloke Forum Resident

    Location:
    UK
    Tommy - The Who
    UFO - Orb
    Thin Lizzy - Live and Dangerous
    ELP - Essential

    CDs 50p each
    Not my usual kinda stuff but at 50p...
     
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  2. garrincha

    garrincha Forum Resident

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    Plymouth, UK
    not sure whether this is shop specific, but my local Oxfam annoyingly put tape across the CD opening, so you're unable to check if their scratched to hell or not. not a big problem, as they're dirt cheap and it's for charidee, maaaaaaaan - but annoying nevertheless.

    also a ballache when you get them home - as the tape takes quite a bit of scraping off.

    this has been the case in my local for a couple of years now. sure, I understand they don't want to take a chance that someone will nick the discs, but there's got to be a better way!

    I did approach the manager about this - twice - and suggested maybe using a masking/decorating tape, as that doesn't leave a sticky residue, but she was having none of it. she seemed pretty pissed that I even dared to ask such a question. real uppity woman, I can tell ya!

    anyway, the search continues....
     
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  3. G00dVibrations

    G00dVibrations Forum Resident

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    The Sam Beare Bookshop by any chance?
     
  4. minibreakfast

    minibreakfast Forum Resident

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    Suffolk, UK
    I always pull the tape open and check the CD; good thing too as many have been scratched, despite claims that they are all "checked". If it's a normal jewel case you can just open it from the hinge side.
     
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  5. uncarvedbloke

    uncarvedbloke Forum Resident

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    The residue comes off easy with furniture polish. :)
     
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  6. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I often open the CD case to see where and when the CD was manufactured. The condition comes a close second.
     
  7. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    Applying some sellotape and pulling it off straight will usually remove the residue. There are also problems with price stickers. The old That's Entertainment store had some nasty ones that were almost impossible to remove.
     
  8. Alexlotl

    Alexlotl Forum Resident

    Location:
    York, UK
    99% Isopropyl Alcohol will clear off any sticky stuff. You can even use it (very sparingly, via cotton swab) on digipacks or inlay cards, though it can remove ink.

    I hadn’t thought of popping the hinges before. I tend to just neatly slit the tape with my keychain Swiss Army knife. :whistle:
     
  9. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident

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    London England
    Spot on Good Vibrations! Correct charity shop. Either you work there or you are a fellow customer who knows the gems this place can throw up.
     
  10. G00dVibrations

    G00dVibrations Forum Resident

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    I don't get into Egham much anymore, but over the past few years its become the case that that shop will always have more good quality and interesting books and CDs then the other 6 charity shops combined.
     
  11. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident

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    London England
    You are right Good Vibrations but now the cat is out of the bag those gems are going to be snapped up by other folk. I always like shopping for records in Egham because it brings back memories of the late great Record Wise where I bought most of my LPs back in the day. It's where I first heard and bought Bridge Over Troubled Water for example. Ah, memories. US visitors could combine a visit with a trip to the spot where the Magna Carta was signed a few minutes away. On second thoughts, don't visit. There'll be nothing left for Good Vibrations and me.
     
  12. Alexlotl

    Alexlotl Forum Resident

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    York, UK
    Random thought while browsing the racks of my local hospice shop - was there ever a more appropriate album title than “Westlife - Where We Belong”?
     
  13. johnnybrum

    johnnybrum Forum Resident

    Had a skim round Kings Heath, Birmingham, this morning...It has a High St with at least a dozen chazzers....It's a pretty good area, with some serious money around the local locality (some massive houses in local Moseley/Edgbaston) some student population, as it's near to University, and there's a distinct local Bohemia...lots of gigs/happenings advertised, artisan food shops, and a very arty locality..It seems to have everything;

    On the face of it, it should have rich pickings... But is there anything there? Is there heck?..It's a complete absolute desert for pickings. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I think there's some places that have just been picked over, and you just know it..You can walk into a shop in Kings Heath and there's 250 CDs and not one single interesting title...

    Need to stick to some out-of-the way places in future, rater than the 'obvious' areas.
     
  14. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

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    South Shields
    I wonder if it's a kind of vicious circle - the shops have shelves full of stuff they've had for years, so think CDs don't sell any more, so stop taking them?
     
  15. Man at C&A

    Man at C&A Forum Resident

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    That happened with vinyl a lot. British Heart Foundation were the worst for it.
     
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  16. Sytze

    Sytze Forum Resident

    I know a shop where they look annoyed when you ask if you can inspect a cd, because they are "checked". This usually means they're play-tested but can be full of scratches anyway...
     
  17. G00dVibrations

    G00dVibrations Forum Resident

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    I seriously doubt they are all play-tested. In my experience they are more "volunteer takes a quick look and its doesn't look like anyone has played frisbee with it".
     
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  18. Hmm, Egham, eh? Just a tube ride to Richmond and jump on the train there. And with my old fogey pass I'd only have to pay from Zone 6. Should be a cheap day out. What are the pubs like? ;)
     
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  19. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident

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    London England
    There's a pub in Egham High Street called the Crown that in sunny weather always seems to have blokes sitting outside who give off the 'geezer' vibe of ex-cons and/or former police officers. They most likely used to work in planning, but in my imagination they are reminiscing about the Staines post office blag or the Virginia Water savings bank caper.
     
  20. D.B.

    D.B. Forum Resident

    The last two are really great - More Light is sprawling, deep and psychedelic, almost jazz- or soundtrack-like in much of its sonic palette, produced expertly by David Holmes. And Chaosmosis is a short burst (37 minutes), mostly very good, and diverse. So they are worth knowing, in my opinion!
     
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  21. Harry Hotspur

    Harry Hotspur Forum Resident

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    London England
    Do we think there is anybody who bought a Robbie Williams CD and kept the thing? Judging by UK charity shops, probably no.
     
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  22. uncarvedbloke

    uncarvedbloke Forum Resident

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    UK
    All music that has an immediate mass appeal is pushed aside by the next wave, it's like fashion.
     
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  23. minibreakfast

    minibreakfast Forum Resident

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    Suffolk, UK
    A few absolutely bonkers vinyl finds in a charity shop yesterday:

    Shirley & Dolly Collins - Love Death and the Lady
    Sandy Denny - The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
    Trees - On The Shore
    Trees - The Garden of Jane Delawney

    Still on a bit of a high, and I've not even had a chance to play them yet!

    Oh yes, they were £1 each.
     
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  24. Phil Tate

    Phil Tate Forum Resident

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    South Shields
    I find it incredible when you see the likes of Lostprophets among the CDs. I mean surely you'd just bin them, no??
     
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  25. minibreakfast

    minibreakfast Forum Resident

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    Suffolk, UK
    I'm sure a lot of the volunteers must be unaware of the connection.
     

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