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For those of you who have quite a few CDs, but now nearly always download:

Will you bother trying now to sell off your existing CDs?
Will you leave them as a record of 80s/90s to early 00s buying?
Will you continuing buying CDs selectively alongside downloading, for reasons of completing certain artists or genres?

paulhw, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:49 (twelve years ago) link

1. Oh, sure. I keep trying to reduce using the rule of 'if I get another CD I sell at least one back if not more.' It helps that I always get some credit at Amoeba, sometimes a surprising amount.

2. I guess? A lot of stuff that would serve as a very honest record is long since purged.

3. Yup, but via taking advantage of their nearly-flat value. Amoeba again is very good for this -- their clearance section is always stuffed with good finds amid the crud, I can pick up an armload for a song (almost literally in some cases).

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:52 (twelve years ago) link

1) Nope or at least not more than I ever did.

2) Uh not exactly.

3) I don't download very much and I still buy CDs and the occassional piece of vinyl.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

am getting it down to about 150 left which i guess i'll keep on shelves for a while before just donating them. they never get played once ripped.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

I picture Ned strolling into Amoeba, reciting a few bars of "Englande" and the guys behind the counter just give him a shopping cart and say "go for it."

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:00 (twelve years ago) link

Selling them all seems like a daunting and infuriating task, so I'll probably keep them, but only out of laziness.

John Justen, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:00 (twelve years ago) link

yeah, i've got a few boxes of old stuff in the closet that i can't bear to sell for pennies, yet i'm sick of taking them somewhere to have them cherry pick a couple good ones and refuse the rest.

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:02 (twelve years ago) link

i'm keeping mine just in case a neutron bomb comes along and fries everyone's hard drives. (but, uh, not the cd players)

also, it's good to have cds around to loan to friends. it's easier than zipping up and uploading an entire album, and while sharing entire hard drives is in theory the best thing to do, it doesn't happen that often

i've never sold cds, so i won't be starting now.

Billy Pilgrim, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:07 (twelve years ago) link

i still buy cds.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:08 (twelve years ago) link

(a) Too much trouble.
(b) I suppose, but they serve more of a function than that.
(c) Yes.

While downloading is invariably simpler, quicker, cheaper, etc., I'm still a sucker for the tactile artifact. I like liner notes, lyrics, cover art, all that. I'll download stuff I'm curious about, but if I really like it, I'll still buy the disc.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:09 (twelve years ago) link

i'd love to get rid of everything, but i'm just not good enough at backing shit up to trust it.

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:11 (twelve years ago) link

i wouldn't really part with them unless i had one of those fancy things that lets you use your mp3s on a good stereo, but it's like i just picked u a real nice old NAD cd player for only $30 off craigslist so why bother.

plus yeah like ned said it's gonna be sweet in the next few years, lots of crewsh older stuff for dirt cheap.

although...it is weird seems like some CDs are really picking up in value on ebay, out of print stuff...

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:12 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah I don't see anything that indicates that rare CDs are any less valuable then they ever were.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:13 (twelve years ago) link

I am keeping my cds because I want backups in case I have hard drive failure. Even with two hard drive copies of my music, I prefer to have the backup. Also, I may want to rip at a higher bitrate later once hd prices come down.

Euler, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:17 (twelve years ago) link

I'm going to keep my CD's in case I ever need to build a fortress of solitude out of them, Jor-El stylee

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:25 (twelve years ago) link

a) no, except for ones i get sick of.
b) no
c) i download tracks and sometimes albums, but if i really like what i'm hearing i'll buy it in CD or vinyl form. artwork, liner notes, etc.

i'll never say never though, because maybe someday in the distant future i'll sell everything and have it all digitized.

omar little, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:35 (twelve years ago) link

I'm keeping my CDs.

I'm too lazy to sell and also I have a suspicion that some kind of new digital format will emerge (MP5?) that will make MP3s sound tinny and useless, and that I'll want to re-rip my CDs.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:40 (twelve years ago) link

I still buy cds and vinyl. I will keep them all unless I needed the money.
I barely download now, but like always, I still try to buy what I downloaded as long as I liked it.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:42 (twelve years ago) link

im continuing! cd's are beautiful

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

1. No, never.
2. I will keep them as the art objects/media that they are.
3. Until I can buy whole albums from iTunes or Amazon as .wav files, I will continue buying essential CDs.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:45 (twelve years ago) link

A lot of good reasons to hang onto CDs in this thread. I still enjoy cases and liner notes and having a good thing around to throw my disposable income at. In a lot of ways, I also find them easier to store and maintain than digital music, where you need at least two forms of backup and need to keep an organized file/folder structure together if you're going to find stuff easily. Finally, I still can hear the difference between reasonably good-quality CDs and mp3s, and with formats, storage methods, etc. changing frequently keeping CDs around seems like less of a long-term headache.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:45 (twelve years ago) link

I'll still buy a lot, taking advantage of the lower cost and because I like having the little cardboard boxes from Caiman in the post to look forward to after returning from work.

I keep the price stickers on my CDs, and it amazes me just how much I was paying for music in the 90s. £15 - £16 for some CDs was not unusual.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:48 (twelve years ago) link

ridic

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

its like 12 bux tops for me now. unless its brand new and too good

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:49 (twelve years ago) link

I'll continue keeping 100s of cds in a sock drawer which I occasionally pull out for a car ride. I wont sell them. But I oughta clean them all. I hate when a cd skips and I hate how I lost some of my cds even though I dont listen to any of my cds much. But I did lose Roxy Music - The Early Years and Tangerine Dream - Rubycon. I broke Thrakattak. And I can't remember what else at the moment. Kinda sucks. Kinda not.

CaptainLorax, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:53 (twelve years ago) link

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail. If you're lucky, you'll have it backed up to another drive. But then that one could fail as you're trying to dump it to your new hard drive. Then I will point and laugh.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:54 (twelve years ago) link

i hate that too, captain -- i'm actually making a list of CD's i have that are too scratched up/missing. i replace a few ever year

it's like i just realized how to properly take care of a cd.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:55 (twelve years ago) link

Fastnbulbous accurate enough, which is why the CDs I sell back are the ones I never listen to, or have only heard once and thought, "Nice" and never went back to at all. Ergo, why keep 'em around?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:56 (twelve years ago) link

I moved into a new place two months ago and never bothered taking my CDs out of their boxes. I have a few lying around that I've bought recently, but there's no real reason for me to have them out, since the majority are on my iTunes/iPod, anyway.

Back when I started to download albums, I told myself that if I really liked something I downloaded I'd buy it on CD. But then it just seemed silly to go to the trouble of buying it, only to put it on a shelf and forget about it as soon as it was out of its shrink wrap.

Now the albums I buy are the ones I simply can't find online. I don't use p2p, but I can find most major new indie releases on a couple of choice websites or through friends. So what I buy ends up being not necessarily indicative of what I'm really excited about. A lot of times this amounts to used CDs I stumble across and take a chance on.

jaymc, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:58 (twelve years ago) link

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail.
This is exactly right — CDs have become nothing more than backup.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:14 (twelve years ago) link

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ian, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:19 (twelve years ago) link

1) nah, I'm the kind of person who saves everything
2) ???
3) I never exclusively bought CDs, it was always a mix of vinyl, cassette (back in the day), or mp3 formats. I see no reason why this will change for me in the near future.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:21 (twelve years ago) link

1) too lazy really - and they're not worth that much anyway
2) never completely stopped buying vinyl, so it's not even an accurate record
3) I''ve bought maybe 6 cds this year and maybe 300 LPs (and some cassettes, second hand for the car)

sonofstan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:38 (twelve years ago) link

Also, I may want to rip at a higher bitrate later once hd prices come down.

yeah i thought about that. A couple weeks ago I embarked on digitizing my collection, starting with albums I didn't like that much; I ripped ~ 30 cds @ 320 which is fine for those but my main collection I'm probably gonna want to do in flac or whatever for posterity but i haven't done the math on what i'll need for space. I got 2 500G drives on black friday and I was gonna send one back but maybe I won't. than again i've been latched to rhapsody pretty hard lately and soon even the mp3s might be ancillary to how i'm listening to music. so much up in the air.

tremendoid, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:03 (twelve years ago) link

soon as I'm satisfied with backing up, and keeping the habit, I'm selling all my CDs. I need the space and I need the money.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:04 (twelve years ago) link

i've sold all of my cds. still buy vinyl, which i also sell sometimes. while it's impractical, it retains its value better (and escalates in value far more often) and is more 'fun'. sue me

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:59 (twelve years ago) link

I keep the price stickers on my CDs, and it amazes me just how much I was paying for music in the 90s. £15 - £16 for some CDs was not unusual.

We still quite frequently pay $25-$35 AUD for some CD albums in this country. And they wonder why ppl use torrents.

Trayce, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:03 (twelve years ago) link

resolved, did you just rip your CDs into FLAC format and keep them on your hard drive or something?

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:08 (twelve years ago) link

i ripped the ones that deserved it to FLAC + mp3 (for ipod), most of them just to variable rate mp3. and then a lot i just sold without bothering.

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:10 (twelve years ago) link

Will you bother trying now to sell off your existing CDs?

maybe. next year I might be compelled to "monetize" my vinyl collection.

Will you leave them as a record of 80s/90s to early 00s buying?

hate to say it but after sitting there unplayed for awhile they just take up space.

Will you continuing buying CDs selectively alongside downloading, for reasons of completing certain artists or genres?

Barely. I stream music on my computer, listen to old CDs less & less often. CDs/itunes I buy as gifts.

m coleman, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:14 (twelve years ago) link

First off, CDs are still the primary way i listen to music, and I don't download very often.

1.) I'll hang onto my CDs for a long, long time, until they rot away (none of them have). I stopped selling back CDs a few years ago, because I tend to regret it later on. I used to regularly purge my collection of stuff if I hadn't played it in awhile, but there are too many CDs that I'm kicking myself now for selling then.

Plus, it always killed me when I tried to sell stuff that I knew was of really high musical quality or that someone would love to have, and the clerk would offer a pathetic couple of bucks (usually less!) for it. Most used stores never offer very much for CDs, and now when I think about it, the best offer I've ever received (about $3 for a CD, not common at all) is just not worth it to me. I'd rather hang on to the album, sorry, then take your 50 cents.

2. I'll keep my CDs as much more than just a record of this particular time, as they have fucking music on them!!

3. I'll probably buy CDs for quite a while. As others have mentioned, there are so many good finds on used CDs right now, it's great. So much stuff that I would never expect to find in used shops. It's only going to get better over the next few years, too.

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:14 (twelve years ago) link

Newbury Comics usually gives about $3 per CD.

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:41 (twelve years ago) link

1) No - mainly because CDs are not worth much now, particularly when trying to trade them in at a record store.

2) Most of the CDs I listen to regularly have been ripped now, but I'll keep them as a backup and also because of the possibilty of ripping in higher quality formats/higher bitrates later.

3) I still buy CDs sometimes but nowhere near as often as I used to - I've gone from half a dozen a week in 2001 to a couple a month now. But if I see a box set at a cheap price I'll probably buy it.

snoball, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:48 (twelve years ago) link

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail. If you're lucky, you'll have it backed up to another drive. But then that one could fail as you're trying to dump it to your new hard drive. Then I will point and laugh.

I've never had a hard drive die on me ever before. Meanwhile in that time a lot of my records and CDs got damaged in a flood. Life's funneee.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:50 (twelve years ago) link

I wonder how homeowner's insurance would cover a hard drive filled with burned FLACs. Are you just screwed or could you reasonably claim the full value of replacing them on iTunes or whatever?

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:53 (twelve years ago) link

i sold them on amazon btw, the run of the mill ones at least. you get a lot more money that way if you're prepared to go to spend an hour going packing/going to the post office every few days.

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:54 (twelve years ago) link

x-post
but when your hd dies it's all gone. and the probability is much higher than all your cds being destroyed at once...

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:56 (twelve years ago) link

word. i'm still reeling from getting over £30 for a tatty Sasha & Digweed CD. xp

what is with you hd-failure doomsayers? you have to fuck a hd up pretty bad before the data on it is completely irretrievable.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:58 (twelve years ago) link

Oh I'm just curious from an insurance standpoint. Like what if someone broke into your house and stole your HD. Can you only claim the HD or could you reasonably claim the cost of replacing the MP3s (I just talked to my boss-a former underwriter--and he's gonna find out for me)?

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 22:00 (twelve years ago) link

once i had a hd which seemed perfectly ok. but suddenly it crashed. it had been formatted a couple of megabytes too high. when i reached the limit it was all over.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 22:01 (twelve years ago) link

i'm trying to sell off my CD collection... if anyone wants to buy some please email me for a full list of about 500 CDs of different genres (jazz, rock, hip hop, metal, electronica, funk, fusion soul, r&b, disco, reggae, experimental, ambient, noise, drone, gospel, comedy) thx

Bstep, Monday, 10 February 2020 04:54 (one week ago) link

welcome

chet san telmo (alomar lines), Monday, 10 February 2020 05:12 (one week ago) link

Haha.

"I am not continuing with CDs. Hit me up".

Duke, Monday, 10 February 2020 12:43 (one week ago) link

I continue to continue with CDs, although it's getting harder to do with newer releases. Even for labels that still release CD versions of new albums, local shops (like Reckless in Chicago) seem to only carry the LP versions. Which I get, but it means a lot more ordering direct from label sites and/or bandcamp. I just wish so many labels didn't have like $5 per CD shipping charges.

The used market is fantastic, I've picked up so many things on my wishlist in the past two years at really great prices, it's hard to complain on that front.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 10 February 2020 15:49 (one week ago) link

Is it still practical for you to use them though? Vinyl isn't practical but it provides a more collectible novelty, and digital is more versatile/cheaper. CDs don't provide much in either category especially with download cards often compensating for the shortcomings of a new vinyl purchase.

Evan, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:52 (one week ago) link

CDs provide CD-quality sound. Aren’t downloads usually MP3?

dad genes (morrisp), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:55 (one week ago) link

Tbh maybe I’m weird but living without CDs for so long totally made me appreciate their collectible novelty as objects once I started engaging with them again. I forgot how much I missed the discs, inserts, cases, etc.

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:55 (one week ago) link

(xp And even if you gave me FLACs or whatever, I have no way of playing them that’s going to sound as good as slapping a CD in the player.)

dad genes (morrisp), Monday, 10 February 2020 16:57 (one week ago) link

CDs provide CD-quality sound. Aren’t downloads usually MP3?

― dad genes (morrisp), Monday, February 10, 2020 11:55 AM (one minute ago) bookmarkflaglink

I guess I'm not picky enough to care about the discrepancy myself. But yeah I was going to mention they are provided FLAC a lot these days fwiw

Evan, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:59 (one week ago) link

providing*

Evan, Monday, 10 February 2020 16:59 (one week ago) link

I always liked CDs more than vinyl... my record collection is mostly from the period when vinyl was the cheaper unsexy option. Now CDs seem to have that role in the marketplace, and I love it. Just got the last two Massive Attack albums on CD for $4 each.

I don't have an actual CD player though. Rip them and add them to my music server/phone. Also: my car has a CD player, so if I'm out shopping and get a CD, I can listen to it right away!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link

I go thrifting pretty often and let the cases pile up, then every two months or so I'll spend a few hours slotting the discs (and the cooler inserts) into the big ol' alphabetized wallets I store 'em in. It's a bit of a pain in the ass but it's way preferable to trying to store + organize thousands of jewel cases.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:07 (one week ago) link

many horror stories re: binders

The Death of the CD Binder

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:12 (one week ago) link

Is it still practical for you to use them though? Vinyl isn't practical but it provides a more collectible novelty, and digital is more versatile/cheaper. CDs don't provide much in either category especially with download cards often compensating for the shortcomings of a new vinyl purchase.

Yeah, it is very practical for me. My main set-up at home, where I do 90% of my listening, has a CD player - otherwise I rip them. Smaller artwork aside, CDs give me that collectible novelty feeling at a much lower price and smaller footprint for storage.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:12 (one week ago) link

most of the wallet/binder horror stories involve theft, which I am really not concerned about

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:14 (one week ago) link

and scratching

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:15 (one week ago) link

I like my giant wall of jewel cases!

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:26 (one week ago) link

Now that vinyl is either dead or dying, the CD rush is gonna be on...

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:38 (one week ago) link

I just do not have room for a giant wall of anything.

bold caucasian eroticism (Simon H.), Monday, 10 February 2020 17:58 (one week ago) link

oh yeah, where have people been discussing the great lacquer inferno?

lukas, Monday, 10 February 2020 18:06 (one week ago) link

New vinyl prices gonna jump from $27 to....?

dad genes (morrisp), Monday, 10 February 2020 18:16 (one week ago) link

Now that vinyl is either dead or dying, the CD rush is gonna be on...

― but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, February 10, 2020 12:38 PM (thirty-three minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

"Most new consumers of vinyl are most likely to gravitate to streaming services, abandoning vinyl in the coming year if there is a perceived slowdown in the supply."

Weird to frame vinyl purchase incentive as if it were a necessity for consumption. Obviously it's a novelty for collectors. Yes lack of supply might turn masses off the hobby but it's not like they'd be switching strictly in order to be able to consume those releases. Anyway, just a nitpick.

Evan, Monday, 10 February 2020 18:18 (one week ago) link

my impression is that quite a few new vinyl pressing plants have opened in recent years, many of which don't use lacquer blanks

Brad C., Monday, 10 February 2020 18:22 (one week ago) link

yes but there are numerous problems with DMM as per that article, it also sucks for low frequencies (i.e. all dance music, etc.)

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Monday, 10 February 2020 18:24 (one week ago) link

A year or two of no new vinyl pressings (and a deluge of existing albums repressed on colored vinyl) seems like a pretty big threat to the vinyl market.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Monday, 10 February 2020 18:46 (one week ago) link

Not exactly the right thread but there are SO MANY films and TV shows unavailable on streaming services which are also not easily available in good quality in the “usual places” that I have taken to actually stumping up for the DVD version. And what I’ve found is that Amazon dominates search rankings to such an extent - either directly, or secondarily via affiliate links in high-ranking review pages and aggregator sites - that simply finding a way to watch Larry Sanders without paying Jeff Bezos for the privilege takes what almost amounts to insider knowledge. It can’t really be searched for. I have to go to specific retailers’ sites individually and carry out separate searches etc. Doing without Amazon is... like the old Internet and I kind of love it

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Monday, 10 February 2020 19:34 (one week ago) link

^^^

DeepDiscount.com (formerly DeepDiscountDVD.com) is your friend.

but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 10 February 2020 19:59 (one week ago) link

Although, honestly, it's getting even more frustrating to get physical media in general. We live in a really dumb time for physical music distribution. There were two albums I was looking forward to that came out on Friday, the new Elkhorn and the Makaya McCraven Gil Scott-Heron re-imagining thing.

For the Elkhorn, it was my own fault. I completely blanked on the Beyond Beyond is Beyond pre-order, which I normally do. But I saw it was on Amazon so I pre-ordered it from them on Thursday. Friday comes and an email comes that my copy will be arriving March 26th. So, y'know, only a 2-month wait.

For the McCraven/Scott-Heron thing, I stopped by first thing this morning to, hopefully, pick up a copy (unfortunately I was dealing with a sick kid all weekend and couldn't make it until today). Reckless, here in Chicago, is already completely sold out of all formats at all three branches with no idea when they will see more. Amazon doesn't have any, or at least if they do, from third-party sellers only with 8-12 week wait times. Looks like it's still available direct from XL, so I'll go that route, but still kinda frustrating that a brand new, buzzed about record is already hard to find. Admittedly, it's probably that very buzz that caused it to sell out quickly, but this is hardly the sole example of this lately.

I certainly don't blame Reckless here, I know they are dealing with a nightmare of a distribution system due to that Direct Shot debacle, but it's increasingly feeling like you gotta show up at the brick and mortar stores within an hour or two of opening on Fridays to have a shot at new releases. I know it's completely out of the shops hands at this point, but it sucks always hearing, "yeah, we sold out of the four copies we got and we have absolutely no clue when, or if, we might see more". I want to support local shops like this, but I'm walking out of the store empty-handed more and more often these days.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 10 February 2020 20:04 (one week ago) link

I know they are dealing with a nightmare of a distribution system due to that Direct Shot debacle

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Monday, 10 February 2020 20:17 (one week ago) link

oops, sorry.

dad genes (morrisp), Monday, 10 February 2020 20:28 (one week ago) link

For my own personal anecdote -- I've ordered CDs from a major label a few times over the past year or so (b/c for an artist I love, I won't settle for digital if a CD is available), and had to deal with absurdly long wait times.... months & months.

(Though the same thing happened with a 7", so the fulfillment issue must affect all physical product, not solely CDs.)

dad genes (morrisp), Monday, 10 February 2020 20:33 (one week ago) link

it's definitely a brutal 1-2 punch w/r/t simultaneous distro & supply issues

let's talk about gecs baby (sleeve), Monday, 10 February 2020 20:33 (one week ago) link

j/v/c, there are a bunch of sellers on discogs selling the gil scott-heron thing in the us. cheapest is $13 + shipping for the cd:

https://www.discogs.com/sell/list?sort=price%2Casc&master_id=1679121&ev=mb

ymo sumac (NickB), Monday, 10 February 2020 20:44 (one week ago) link

ebay is pretty good for finding distributors of new releases. I came across importcds and Rarewaves that way, just looking at the seller account name. Two examples that have their own sites.

New Gil Scott is there. That's a really nice album!

maffew12, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 16:51 (six days ago) link

and yeah Discogs, especially in the US. I'd be all about it if I could get "media mail" shipping rates. For the rest of us, shops in Germany can typically ship pretty cheap.

maffew12, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 16:57 (six days ago) link

Thanks for the tips, I guess I never really considered discogs for CDs. Always kinda figured that was more of a vinyl leaning marketplace.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 16:59 (six days ago) link

it's a bit of everything. I'd be selling a lot more on it if I could ship anything anywhere with tracking for less than $15 Canadian. This means most of my inventory is more valuable things, which is typically vinyl.

Best view for you would be go to the master page of an album, press Shop, then filter by medium on the listings.

maffew12, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:09 (six days ago) link

I mostly buy rare or out of print CDs on Discogs.

For new/current stuff, ImportCDs.com offers cheaper prices than their Discogs or eBay pages, for the same items. I buy from them all the time.

but also fuck you (unperson), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 17:35 (six days ago) link

On Ebay, ImportCDs doesn't charge for US shipping, where they do on their website. Sometimes they will offer additional discounts on Ebay that brings prices below those on their website, shipping included, but often the difference is negligible. DeepDiscount and ImportCDs I believe are also the same company, which explains why they tend to have the same things in stock.

eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 19:50 (six days ago) link

i think they've bought Pop Market as well. Yeesh..

maffew12, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 21:59 (six days ago) link

They also have Collector's Choice, and iirc they also handle pressing & distro for Warner Archive.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 11 February 2020 22:20 (six days ago) link

all of these are just ways for majors to undercut their own distributors

so lame

sleeve, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 22:22 (six days ago) link

I'm down to the last 250, with about 60-70 that I'm going to keep permanently until the media dies. Of these, I've steadily been selling them on Discogs. Doing pretty well at it too, but the market for marginal unreissued DIY psychedelia of the 80s-90s is pretty strong.

I took three shopping bags of CDs to my local library. They were thankful for the donation and I think I improved their holdings!

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 22:30 (six days ago) link

DeepDiscount and ImportCDs I believe are also the same company, which explains why they tend to have the same things in stock.

― eatandoph (Neue Jesse Schule), Tuesday, February 11, 2020 2:50 PM (three hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

i think they've bought Pop Market as well. Yeesh..

― maffew12, Tuesday, February 11, 2020 4:59 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

They also have Collector's Choice, and iirc they also handle pressing & distro for Warner Archive.

― a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, February 11, 2020 5:20 PM (one hour ago) bookmarkflaglink

what about chalkys, rarewaves, and moviemars? Are these basically just fronts for major labels to eliminate the record store middle man?

Paul Ponzi, Tuesday, 11 February 2020 23:39 (six days ago) link

yes afaik

sleeve, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 01:09 (five days ago) link

Update on Apollo Masters -- total loss, click through for video:

Was out at Apollo Masters today to see the damage. Roof’s gone, building’s basically a shell. Total loss. Whole block is closed off, and the site will require remediation because of chemical explosions. pic.twitter.com/P3jV1ssb4L

— Randall 🕳 Roberts (@LilEdit) February 12, 2020

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 02:22 (five days ago) link

Sound of the Universe has Scott-Heron/McCraven, CD and LP, w audio samples here:
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/were-new-again-a-reimagining-by-makaya-mccraven

dow, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 03:12 (five days ago) link

Forgive the spam but if anyone feels like continuing with these CDs, feel free to buy them:

https://www.discogs.com/seller/akmonday/profile

mostly post-rock, post-punk, indie shiz.

akm, Wednesday, 12 February 2020 17:46 (five days ago) link


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