Used CD market

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Joey_Corleone, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. Mr. LP Collector

    Mr. LP Collector Forum Resident

    alexpop is right. The first time I saw a cd in a store--any store was a handful of them in a local K-Mart store close to my house. $16.98 list, IIRC they were selling for just that! Shot the bejeebers out of a $20 bill for one cd. SMH This was early 1983.

    I remember about 1994 I went to a Sam Goody store in one of the Denver area shopping malls-IIRC it was Lakeside Mall. In one of the blowout bins they had maybe 150 albums-all genres, they were only asking $1 a piece, $2 for doubles. Brought about 20 to the counter, I remember buying quite a bit of bluegrass lp's . The kid at the counter looked up at me and said in a somewhat pitiful voice, "don't you buy cd's?" I remember saying to him, "yep, I do. I've been buying records since 1963 and I still buy vinyl. The recording industry is shooting themselves in the foot by discontinuing vinyl. Heh, if I only knew where that kid is these days! lol
  2. Galley

    Galley Forum Resident

    My boxed sets are in IKEA bookcases. I keep the rest in 18 qt. Sterilite Ultra containers. They can hold 66 single jewel cases. You can get them for $5.49 at Target.
  3. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Miss Tower Records what a array of titles DCC, Obi's.
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  4. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialist™

    Greater Vancouver
    :bigeek: [​IMG] :D That's quite the collection doubling mine.
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  5. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    My precious ones are in a glass cabinet, seems only right
  6. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    i took 10 CD's to FYE this week, they took 5 and gave me $6.25 cash ($7.18 trade, yep that's an .18)

    didn't even want the other 5.

    so, $1.25 each.......the ones they didn't take: madonna and alison krause stuff.
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  7. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Yeah they're fussy now.i feel it's a bit insulting.
  8. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    Yes, I agree that going frequently to boot sales is the way to go. Unfortunately, Sunday mornings are a bit awkward for me.
  9. aoxomoxoa

    aoxomoxoa Down by the old mainstream

    What is a boot sale?
  10. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    Loads of Brits drive to a empty field and try to sell their junk from the trunk (boot in UK English) of their car. More professional dealers these days. Kinda like a flea market. We don't really do yard sales.
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  11. Dubmart

    Dubmart Forum Resident

    Bristol, UK
    Car boot sale: Car boot sale - Wikipedia

    At my favourite one you get a few hundred sellers arriving from 6am, plenty of dealers and people who clear houses for a living, but the vast majority normal people selling stuff.
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  12. Dan Steele

    Dan Steele Forum Resident

    Chicago suburbs
    Agree with fluffskul, this what I am seeing in the Chicago area. All the vendors know what is collectible. Sure the crappy 90’s cds are cheap but not the desirable ones from the 80s. In fact its not even that those are expensive, I’m just not even seeing them anymore in the used shops. Supply has dried up.
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  13. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Yup, dried up.
    Needle in a haystack.
  14. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I think the supply varies. Sometimes you see nothing and then all of a sudden there are loads. I'm still looking from some early Steely Dan titles, but they were pretty obscure in the first place.
  15. Holmes

    Holmes Active Member

    I am finding all kinds of early press CDs. Just a few days ago I found a Miami Sound Machine - Primitive Love 1985 pressing for 50 cents. It was still in the original 90 g smooth-edge jewel case.
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  16. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    Music Magpie give anything from 5p to £2.50 per CD. Not a lot, but their That's Entertainment store doesn't charge much per CD. I recently got a copy of targets for £1.99 each in their stores, as well as a pre-remastered copy of Ride's Nowhere for £2.99. And the sort of stuff I trade is from charity shops at 20p-£1 per CD. Yes there is a huge devaluation of music, but if you are selective, then you can add value to your collection (not necessarily in money terms, but better masterings, more obscure releases and versions).
  17. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    Smooth edge jewel cases were new to me about 4-5 years ago. Now I have 100s. I still remember two of my first 5, simply because they were very early Matsushita and Denon CDs. Both were incredibly cheap: 50p each. The retail price of the Denon was 3,800 Yen. It was my first early 80s Japanese import.
  18. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    The other side of the equation. I picked up 7 CDs for £4.46 (just over $6), mostly 80s pressings (two in smooth sided cases).
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  19. thecdguy

    thecdguy Forum Resident

    Philadelphia, Pa.
    I wish we had a store like that in Philadelphia. Most of the used stores I went to have closed. I only know of one downtown and one in the suburbs.

    One of the now closed stores I used to go to downtown used to separate the used CD singles into separate boxes underneath the main bins, which was great for me since I collect singles for rare mixes/versions. The two remaining stores don't have very many singles at all.
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  20. You might want to check out McKay Used Books out in Manassas. While they call themselves a used book seller, they also have a huge section of used CDs bigger than CD Cellar's entire space.

    It's probably a 30-minute drive from Arlington in good traffic.
  21. thestun06

    thestun06 Active Member

    Yesterday I found Queen - The Platinum Collection Greatest Hits 1, 2 & 3 at the op shop for 1 dollar. Bargain!
    It was in mint condition.
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  22. SJP

    SJP Forum Resident

    You got ripped off, I got mine for $0.18!

    Sorry, couldn't resist :)
  23. thetman

    thetman Forum Resident

    I did a huge cd purging recently that i either had doubles or didn't listen to anymore or had better versions of. I knew that in the used market I would get next to nothing so I gave them all to a friend. He was very happy and I made room to buy more.
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  24. Eamon

    Eamon Well-Known Member

    Love vinyl but when it is £20 a pop new and used vinyl is now so expensive started looking at CDs to bulk up. Recently managed to get 20 for £30 including two that are out of print and not on Spotify. Will still keep buying key titles on vinyl but reckon I'll use used CDs to get many of the less essential ones. Worst case I can rip them to a NAS.
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