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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 04:21 AM
Morning All,
I find myself in an all-to-common for me situation-I'm a broke,blues guitar playing student who needs a new Les Paul.My currently crappy health keeps me almost home bound,so I definetly can't get a part time job flippin burgers or washing dishes or any other number of mindless physical jobs that seem to have been created expressely for the employment of broke students.

So I've been sitting here pondering this the last few days,and then I came to a realization.

Over the years,I've amassed a considerable amount of commerical CDs-probably around 100 all together.Most I don't listen to anymore (mostly because I have around 200 boots to listen to,but also because my musical tastes have changed from pop to blues),and the ones I do listen to I've either burned copies or or put on tape for use in the car.I take good care of my CDs and they all play great and all the artwork is in tact and all that stuff.

I've bought used CDs before,and usually there were just like the ones I described and usually the price was around 1/2 of what Amazon wanted.

Now,my question is-have any of you ever sold used CDs over the net before,and if so,what site did you use?I don't want to use EBAY period.Amazon seems to have a good system that I've bought from,but I'm pretty sure they take a goodly cut out of a rather small amount of money to start with.

If I posted a list on this board or others,would anyone be interested?

Any info or opinions or anything would be apprechiated.Like I said,most of them I don't listen to anymore,and those I do I've already copied to some other data form or will do so soon,so it's not like I'll be missing out on any of the music.

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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 04:51 AM
I'm sorry to hear about your health - hope things improve for you soon.

With the caveat that I've never tried to sell anything on Amazon or Ebay, I must say that it seems an awful lot of hassle - if you're getting individual sales on dozens of items, that means negotiating with many different buyers & then relying on them all to come through on their purchases without any difficulty (as we know, the internet can be a scary place sometimes & not everyone has honest intentions)

Whilst it might bring you a lower yield than a successful sale online (assuming you did get them all sold online), why not try a decent independent record retailer, if you've got one within travelling distance? (health issues permitting) I'm not sure how many examples of the type there are in the US, but I've used mine here in the UK several times, to offload the redundant parts of my collection. At the very least, give them a ring - if they're interested, you can e-mail them a list & get a price on the job lot. Have you got someone who could take them to the shop for you, if you then want to go ahead?

Perhaps it might be worth casting around for opinions here, on decent record shops in your area, if you let us know roughly where you are.

Hope this helps a bit - good luck with the Les Paul!

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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 07:08 AM
What exactly do you not like about ebay? I have bought and sold stuff on there plenty of times and only once have I had a negative experience. If you really don't want to do it (it is incredibly easy), then I would say the indie record store is your best bet. There are many in my area (Berkeley) and as a result, I rarely ever buy new cds. You'll get less money for them then on ebay (probably), but you can get rid of all of them in one fell swoop. Incidently, I'm not sure what you mean by "pop", but if you have the three disc Burt Bacharach box set (the look of love) then I'm all about it.
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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 07:56 AM
I'm a big fan of the used CD stores. Granted you won't get as much per CD but then again you won't be having to make repeated trips to the Post Office/Fed Ex to mail each individual CD sold. Also if you go the used CD store route, call around first and find out who offers the most for your CDs. Good Luck on getting your new Les Paul, I hear Epiphone makes a nice Les Paul, and probably for a lot less than a Gibson. You might want to check it out.
 
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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 09:19 AM
WCB, I have bought quite a few used CD's from this site...

http://half.ebay.com/index.jsp

Even though it is an Ebay company, it is not run like the Ebay auction site, and there are no bootleggers or live shows that I have ever seen there. It's not an auction, just people (or some outlets) selling music & books for an asking price. No bidding or haggling, you either buy or you don't. I have always been pleased with my transactions there. The site actually works pretty good to find out of print cd's or even just songlists or production info for many albums.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 09:31 AM
wcb:
sorry to hear you are not doing that well.

i actually encourging selling on Ebay. it's not that difficult to do and the silliest items sometime bring back large yeilds.

the buyer pays for shipping and handling (handling, imho = packaging). Also, once you have one of the auctions made, you can copy it over and over again.

the only caveat i can offer is to set a mininum of something like $5 bucks so that you are not giving them away.

Also, selling used CD's is perfectly legal. just by the way. i know that a used cd store around me only pays $2 for each cd, which sucks.

i dunno about selling them through this site; i doubt if that is something that should be allowed. however, i might be interested in a private email that lists you colleciton and handle it that way. i guess i just think that it should be handled privately.

hope that helps. i dunno why you don't want to deal with ebay - the seller is supposed to pay you before you ship so you won't get ripped off.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 10:55 AM
Have a music yard sale. Put some flyers out where people buy music. Set up one Saturday and see what happens. No overhead, no one to share the profits with. You might want to consider some 2 for 1 trades to increase your stock and be able to have regular sales.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 01:18 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions everyone,and keep em comming!

As to my health-thank you all for your kind words.The second disc in my neck (first one down from the brain stem),is damaged from being kicked in the head as a small child by the neighborhood bully.This damaged disc shifts a lot,and when it does,it pushes on a bunch of nerves which gives me a massive migraine that is so painful I often vomit from it.I used to get these migraines every single day for 7 years,until I finaly went to a chiropractor and they x-rayed me and saw what was wrong (those preceding 7 years was full of doctors giving me med's for migraines,which didn't help since it was my neck making the trouble).Now the migraines are down to 2-3 times a week.

I also have advanced scoliosis of the spine,which is a fancy way of saying I have a crooked spine.Two summers in a row I grew six inches each time,and those growth spurts are what caused the spine problem,as well as screwing my feet up (went from a size 9 to a size 13 in about 8 months!)and causing me to have major surgery on them which landed me in a wheelchair for two years (hence the handle).Luckily surgery completley fixed my feet.

Damn,wasn't planning on posting my whole medical history!Sorry bout that.

I really don't think I could get many $$ at all locally,since a lot of this stuff is for hard core music fans,and we don't have that here much.We have a few local shops that buy used but they don't pay over $5 for anything,and I have a lot of stuff I know I can get at least $15 for,and a lot of boxed sets I should get around $20 for.

Going to the post office is no big deal,as we have a little one only about a mile from here which I drive by every time I have to go to town.

I checked out Amazon.com-they take $0.99 plus 15% of the selling price,which is a bit much on such a low $ item.

I don't really care for EBay-have used it before to buy things but never to sell,and I don't know if I want to deal with that.I think I'll check it out first and see how big of peice of the pie they want for each sale.

In a few months when I do this (would do it now but hunting season starts this weekend,and that's the only time of the year where I'm actualy out of the house most of the time),what I'll first do is make up a list of what I want to get rid of and the prices,and I'll make a post here asking if anyone is interested,then I can privately send them the list.I have a lot of stuff that folks on this board would be interested in,I'm certain.

Oh yeah-Denza,I will check out that EBay site,thanks.

Cleaneduphippy,
How you doin bro?Yeah,I'll probably be going with an Epiphone.My current axe is the Epiphone Les Paul Special Plus.It's a good axe,but I need something better,plus I need one axe to be set up exclusively for slide with a high action and big strings,which I will use this one for once I get the new one.I've got a set of pickups out of an Epiphone Les Paul Custom that I'm going to put in it.Like I said,it's a good axe,just need a better one for all my finger fretted stuff and leave this one for slide.

Will probably go with the Epiphone Les Paul Standard or possibly a Les Paul Custom.There is a place in Berkley (which is about 4 hours south of me)called Subway Guitars.They have a TON of Les Pauls of all kinds-Gibsons,Epiphones,and even their own custom made ones,and at REALLY reasonable prices.I think once I get my $$ together,I'll have my dad drive me down there and I'll pick one out.Buying a guitar over the 'net is alright and you get the best deal,but it's such a personal thing that you really need to hold it in your hands and play it before making a decision.Kind of like buying a car-you'ld never buy one without getting behind the wheel and taking it for a spin first.Buying a guitar off the net is kind of like deciding what car you want off the lot while you're still sitting in the bus.

I've rambled on too long.Keep the suggestions comming folks,I apprechiate each and every one of them.

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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 03:19 PM
Well,I've spent the afternoon researching my different internet possibilities.

Amazon.com and EBay's Half.com (which is an Amazon.com look alike)both are out of the running.Amazon charges WAY too much,and Half.com makes paying way too complicated.

Believe it or not,plain old EBay looks like my best bet.Really cheap to use ($0.30 to list then 5.25% of selling price),and I can just pay my fees with the CC or send them a check.

Unless I get some other idea,I plan on offering them to you fine folks first,and whatever is left will hit EBay.

Does that sound like a good idea folks?

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  posted on 8/12/2003 at 03:36 PM
I like the Fast43 idea as to some type of garage music sale or maybe if you have a local neighborhood paper or something like that. You might get a little more of what they are worth.

Or..............of course you can tell people on EBAY they are very rare and hard to find and they might offer you all kinds of cash like they do for the ABB .


 
 


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