Liquidating Your Record Collection Is Harder Than You Would Think

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Of course I needed additional copies of In Utero, Countdown to Extinction and the first (best) Blues Traveler album. Of course. They were only two bucks each. Oh, is that a whole set of Depeche Mode CD singles??

I asked Facebook for help.


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"Wallpaper. Little nails and and empty wall."
I don't want to live inside a record store.


"Make a fort."
But, but that is a 2003 reissue of Let It Bleed...


"Target practice!"
Well... I would just have to clean up the shards.


"Frisbees!"
Cruel and unusual.


"Half Price Books?"
Once again, the money factor...


"Rip the CDs to a hard drive, sell the CD for a few bucks."
I can't smell a hard drive or tearfully hug an MP3.


If it were up to me, someone would come around and trade with me, like we did with baseball cards back in the day, and I could trade four records for one I really need want.

"My vinyl copy of Neon Bible for your copy of CCR's Cosmo's Factory and that Tom Petty 45? Deal!" is how I want it to go. As my friend Colby said, "Trading three minor-league players for an aging closer."

I would be all for an impressionable teen taking charge of them, with part of the deal being the promise that he or she would write about what they are hearing, start a band, or at least grow their hair really long or dye it crazy colors in defiance of their school and parental units, nearly ruining their chances at a normal yuppie future with a shiny Jetta and 401K plan.

They could also take the CDs and vinyl and call me a fat fuck loser and sell them to buy molly, which would be fine too.





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catdeli
catdeli

I was recently persuaded to make a big purge of my collectibles. Many years of holding my breath and stomping my feet finally exhausted me and I relented. First I trashed most of my cassettes that I had taped from vinyl. That was easy because I never played them now anyway. Probably had over 1000 of them. Binned. The guitar and drum magazines went next. Boxes and boxes of them, starting from the early 80's. Tee shirts, whatever didn't sell on ebay went to the Salvation Army bin. Kept my Motorhead and BOC shirts, though. Had crates and crates of vinyl. Put them on metal shelves and tossed the crates. Had a crateful that I don't want. Emailed a local used record store, saying I'd GIVE them away along with a bunch of CDs and magazines. Got NO reply. It's true you can't give the stuff away nowadays. Big garage sale tomorrow so we'll see how that goes. I have them marked "FREE".  

marmer
marmer

Yeah.  Keep them.  All.  Put them on display.  Fix up your home turntable and play the sh*t out of them.  Vinyl really does sound better. (I didn't believe that for years, because I couldn't get past the surface noise, but it's true.)  If you say "I never listen to these" then listen to them.  It's your past.  Own it.

gossamersixteen
gossamersixteen topcommenter

Same as your old baseball cards or comics there good Sir, the longer you hold on to them in good condition the more valuable they will be. And if you want top dollar, ebay them.

Craigley
Craigley

Same deal here.  But save them.  They will all still play the day the Internet dies.

Anse
Anse

It's funny how I lugged my collection around from one rented residence to another for years--records are heavy as hell but fragile enough to worry about--but only now that me and Mrs. Anse have settled into a home we are purchasing and don't plan to leave for years, if ever, it has been decided that we must purge. And my books and for crying out loud, my concert tees, too. Why now? It is a mystery to me. But I've fighting it. If we have kids, they're gonna need these things. I can't imagine how my childhood might have turned if I had never discovered my mother's beaten-up copy of the White Album back in the day.

Jay Francis
Jay Francis

At least 1000, which I want to keep because the sound quality is superior to ITunes. But....these days I default to Spotify for music. The only recent cd's I have bought are Lord Huron and Calexico.

Scott Eastin
Scott Eastin

About 1200 cds packed in boxes in a closet. I quit buying cds a couple of years ago.

Bill Fool
Bill Fool

I should add that those are all on vinyl. Trade those cd's for the vinyl version if you must get rid of anything. It's 2013 and those fuckers can be uploaded to a computer and trashed. Vinyl shall live in my heart forever.

Bill Fool
Bill Fool

over 6000 but I never get rid of them because even if I don't play a particular one for 10 years I may feel the urge to do so at any moment and it's nice to know its there.

Robi Simone
Robi Simone

Easily over 1500... About 1/5th of which are uploaded to my computer.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

Craig ... take a load of LPs to the next Houston Record Convention show  and sale.  I'm sure you could pull off a few trades for something you don't have.  Ever been to the twice-yearly Austin Record Show ?  Amazing selections and more vinyl in one place than you can imagine.


As much as I love Shaun of the Dead ... I damn near cried when the LPs were pressed into Zombie Defense Weapons.

WestSideBob
WestSideBob topcommenter

@Craigley " the day the internet dies " ... sounds like the next big hit for Don McLean :-)

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