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is this usually OK to use? looks to have a much better selection than ebay, or does anyone know of any good alternatives?

(sorry if this has been asked before, couldn't find anything when I searched?)

vain_bowers, Monday, 29 December 2008 16:58 (eleven years ago) link

discogs imho is in the same league as Gemm and Musicstack--generally a slightly more esoteric selection, but the pitfalls and price-gouging remain the same. (i.e. it's a number of individual sellers and so it's dicey no matter what. I guess that's why there's a feedback system? I've never used discogs.)

ian, Monday, 29 December 2008 17:07 (eleven years ago) link

i assume you're looking for vinyl? discogs is usually fine, but i wouldn't buy anything labeled below nm-, unless you've scanned the seller's profile and s/he seems like a saint

unclejam79, Monday, 29 December 2008 17:34 (eleven years ago) link

yeah just vinyl and CDs that you can no longer get elsewhere really, thanks for the warning!

vain_bowers, Monday, 29 December 2008 17:46 (eleven years ago) link

i started using it a few months ago and have found it to be pretty great in general though i would agree about not buying below mint. out of about 30 purchases i've only had to deal with one person who ripped me off. i now look on discogs before ebay if looking for a record.

stirmonster, Monday, 29 December 2008 18:11 (eleven years ago) link

I was able to score a highly OOP release from overseas, and as long as you have PayPal, you're quick, and you're picky about feedback ratings, you should be fine. (same goes with Gemm and the like.)

soyrizo headache (Mackro Mackro), Monday, 29 December 2008 19:08 (eleven years ago) link

via discogs that is. Granted, I've only bought one thing from Discogs marketplace, but it was a simple and quick transaction, especially for overseas.

+1 to discogs: they don't have Gemm's crappy UI (Gemm usually contains these impossibly long forms with checkboxes and radio selection buttons all obfuscated while you're trying to buy or sell through them.)

soyrizo headache (Mackro Mackro), Monday, 29 December 2008 19:10 (eleven years ago) link

i buy and sell on discogs. have only had 1 bad experience with a guy who tried to charge me 10 dollars to ship a cd single from Canada.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 29 December 2008 19:11 (eleven years ago) link

i've shopped quite a bit on Discogs, 30+ purchases or so, and I have been satisfied in all but one. And in that instance I filed a claim through PayPal and got my money back. As long as you use PayPal you should be fine and protected, prices are high though and I don't buy anything under NM-, like everyone else here has said.

san frandisco, Monday, 29 December 2008 19:18 (eleven years ago) link

I've used it once so far without problem. There are some rare and/or hard to get things on there, but the prices seem a little over the odds a lot of the time.

krakow, Monday, 29 December 2008 22:11 (eleven years ago) link

eight months pass...

lol last post on thread: http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?seller=musicberlin

Um, someone want to try and explain this to me? Also WRT his feedback rating/comments?

you used to sleep with somebody who avoided a soap (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:06 (ten years ago) link

hahaha. so weird. just 5 seconds ago i sent my friend a link to a record that is also $1540.00. 2 days ago it was $15. something's wacky.

jaxon, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:07 (ten years ago) link

holy shit, so weird. it's actually the same seller. wtf

jaxon, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:07 (ten years ago) link

discogs allows you to bulk upload items to your marketplace account for sale via a .csv file. I guess with an inventory of 25000 items this is what that seller does and that their prices got out of whack somehow in the process.

krakow, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:22 (ten years ago) link

what i cant stand about discogs is the inflexiblity of postage rates. if im ordering one white label 12, theres no way the postage will be £2.75 or £3. very fucking annoying.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:36 (ten years ago) link

should that weigh less than a non white label?

jaxon, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:37 (ten years ago) link

xp OK that probably explains that

titchy are you saying that's over the odds? It's not if you consider postage plus if you have to buy a mailer!

you used to sleep with somebody who avoided a soap (DJ Mencap), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:38 (ten years ago) link

i suppose. but white labels are still cheaper than normal lps.

i do like discogs though, the offers system is good too. some of the prices people put on their records though is ridiculous (and i do wonder if they do end up getting the prices they ask for).

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:41 (ten years ago) link

what i cant stand about discogs is the inflexiblity of postage rates. if im ordering one white label 12, theres no way the postage will be £2.75 or £3. very fucking annoying.

― titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:36 (18 minutes ago)

Postage rates have nothing to do with discogs though, they're entirely up to the individual seller, so I'm not sure what you mean by them being inflexible. You should contact the seller if you think they're charging over the odds.

I happily both send and receive offers on prices via discogs, often the listed price is just a ball park, or best hope, or even a stab in the dark if you're the only person selling an item.

Again, if you think something's over priced then just speak to the seller. No big deal. If they don't like your offer they'll ignore it or let you know. Easy as pie.

krakow, Thursday, 17 September 2009 19:59 (ten years ago) link

well i mean the indvidual seller obv, yeah.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Thursday, 17 September 2009 20:01 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

I need to get rid of lots of dance vinyl - some desirable, some considerably less so - and ebay seems like a busted flush for this kind of thing: a few tumbleweed auctions surrounded by acres of Buy It Now postings from professional retailers. Has anyone here used it for selling recently? Is it better than ebay now? Does stuff shift fairly quickly or sit around for months?

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Monday, 25 January 2010 17:44 (ten years ago) link

I use discogs for buying and selling fairly often. For dance vinyl, I'd say it's def better than ebay. It's really quick and simple to list items, and there are no fees unless your items actually sell, whereas Ebay charges a listing fee. I have some things on discogs that have been sitting for quite a while now, but it all depends on what you have vs. how many others are selling the same item.

one time gaffled 'em up (one time), Monday, 25 January 2010 19:35 (ten years ago) link

Best to put them on Discogs a couple bucks below whatever is the cheapest copy if you want to move it immediately. if you're in no hurry, put it at a good price, offer a discount for multiple items in the Comments field and wait.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 25 January 2010 19:45 (ten years ago) link

Good advice. Thanks. Tbh I'm more interested in offloading most of it than making big £££.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Monday, 25 January 2010 20:36 (ten years ago) link

ive put some stuff around the lowest price theyre listed at on discogs but still waiting to shift them. starting to think im possibly the only person buying old grime or dubstep 12s.

titchy (titchyschneiderMk2), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:53 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

what does it mean when there's a color bar to the side of a release in discogs.

there's yellow, grey and orange here http://www.discogs.com/artist/Rolling+Stones%2C+The

jaxon, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 22:55 (nine years ago) link

If you hover over them it tells you.

Animal Bitrate (Raw Patrick), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 22:57 (nine years ago) link

ah! thank you. i've been searching for hours

jaxon, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 23:05 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

So, if one were selling off a few hundred records of the psych / noise / jazz / indie variety, discogs over eBay, for sure? My issue with discogs (and, for CDs, Amazon) is the fact that things sell in spurts, with no deadline. It tends to make packing records and regular trips to the post office a full time job. Any advice?

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 3 May 2012 19:55 (seven years ago) link

i dunno, i always buy on discogs, sell on amazon. i don't want to wait for people to stumble over what i'm trying to unload, and on average, i get really good money from ebay sales.

10. “Pour Some Sugar On Me” – Tom Cruise (contenderizer), Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:33 (seven years ago) link

i think the upside (sale price) on ebay is (or can be) higher, but the ease of doing stuff on discogs might be better, depending on how much hassle you're willing to go through

l0u1s j0rdan (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 3 May 2012 20:35 (seven years ago) link

Yeah, I find Discogs has rarer stuff in the first place, and then for a more reasonable price than Amazon. If what you're selling is aimed at the collectors market or folks that may not look at Amazon first, Discogs is the way to go.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 3 May 2012 22:12 (seven years ago) link

Thanks!

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 3 May 2012 23:01 (seven years ago) link

it feels good to sell rare-ish things on ebay for +£££s to people who don't know about discogs ;)

jed_, Thursday, 3 May 2012 23:31 (seven years ago) link

Coincidentally they just linked to this via their Facebook page:

http://www.discogs.com/blog/339369-top-30-most-expensive-items-sold-by-month

boxedjoy, Thursday, 3 May 2012 23:40 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Advice on this:

Person contacts me on Discogs about an item that I am not listing for sale, offers me a large (but not obscene) amount for it, then paypals me with his "brother-in-law's" account and wants me to ship it to his sister (he's in Europe). Obviously I'm not going to ship it to anyone other than his brother-in-law (since anything else violates PayPal's Seller TOS) but should I even do that? Is this some sort of crazy elaborate scam to get a CD single? His Discogs rating is fine... but the whole thing seems pretty suspicious.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 7 January 2013 17:02 (seven years ago) link

Obviously I will not accept the payment if I don't ship him anything btw.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 7 January 2013 17:06 (seven years ago) link

I would just make sure to do delivery confirmation/insurance so he can't say it never arrived and file a claim with Paypal. That's the only scam I could think of if he already paid. Unless he somehow got hold of someone else's Paypal account but that seems far fetched.

Does seem a little suspicious to have done enough business on discogs to have a rating and yet you don't have your own Paypal acct?

dmr, Monday, 7 January 2013 17:40 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

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hmmmm

sleeve, Friday, 17 April 2015 17:24 (four years ago) link

hmm discogs is really a good database and have often thought it would be nice to be able to look up different editions of books/comics/movies instead of just doing ebay-searches but not sure if this seems like a greedy move or an enthusiast move, also not sure if such databases/market places already exist

also, any thoughts on whether the new tax policy will be very harmful to the 2nd hand market place? (apparently Discogs will add 25% tax or something for all orders going from US to EU)

niels, Friday, 17 April 2015 17:42 (four years ago) link

Whoa- what? Really?

Evan, Friday, 17 April 2015 18:04 (four years ago) link

It's VAT that's now payable on *fees* paid by sellers at their local rate if they are in the EU. Fees are 8% of sales prices.

Noel Emits, Friday, 17 April 2015 18:53 (four years ago) link

So it only applies to sellers in the EU and it's nothing to do with where orders are going. I think it works out to no more than around 1.8% on the price of a record in practice. Presumably VAT registered businesses would be able to claim it back as well so no need to pass it on to customers.

Noel Emits, Friday, 17 April 2015 18:56 (four years ago) link

I'll give Discogs credit for hooking me up with a good guy from Norway who had a Neil Young tribute LP I'd been trying to get for eight years (Everybody Knows This Is Norway. It's worth more than I was prepared to pay, so he ripped the CD, put it up on Soulseek, and I got it from him that way.

The other thing I've listed on my want-list is a Velvet Underground tribute that came out in the late '80s. I get an e-mail every few weeks saying one's up for sale, but it's always around 20 pounds, which after conversion and shipping is just way out of my buying range.

clemenza, Saturday, 18 April 2015 01:29 (four years ago) link

It seems to be a good place to buy from. I've only had one negative experience I can think of where a cd arrived shattered because it was sent with neither jewel case or adequate padding.
May have been others but that is the only one came to mind. Think I got a refund but not the cd I wanted.
Discogs is also a reasonably ok resource though it does have gaps. I use it frequently when EACing cds I've bought when they're not in the EAC database. Tends to have tracklisting down for main release version at least.
Gap can be in what releases are listed though.
Would be useful to have reviews of lps and individual release versions too. I think there are some reviews on site but sporadic. There is rateyourmusic I guess. But would be useful.

Stevolende, Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:00 (four years ago) link

I actually appreciate discogs more because of the lack of reviews. Everyone on Rateyourmusic considers themselves geniuses but they're really just a slightly better class of youtube commenter.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 18 April 2015 07:04 (four years ago) link

I had someone buy from me in Argentina but wanted me to ship to his sister in Chile as you are 'not allowed' more than two foreign packages a year or some such.

So I did, and it all went fine.

Mark G, Saturday, 18 April 2015 10:13 (four years ago) link

JUst thinking that it would make it a full resource if people said what they thought of the lp since it could help one work out which lps by an artist were worth getting. also which pressings/releases of which lp.
BUt I guess that most people going to discogs are doing so to buy material they're already aware of. Particularly marketplace.
Just thought if it was done right it could help the experience. But not sure how 'doing it right' would be achieved anyway since I can see what johnny's saying about rateyourmusic being true at least to some extent. Ego/opinion outweighing info etc

Do wonder where you get information on the best sounding versions of things from since it doesn't seem to be fully utilised on RYM and Amazon just mixes all reviews for all releases under a title together.

Stevolende, Saturday, 18 April 2015 15:23 (four years ago) link

Of course anyone can post reviews on there and the entire database is user populated. The process of submitting release data excludes editorialising though, which is as it should or it would never get done and.disagreements would be endless.

I like that the site still feels a bit down-home and ungentrified. Not unlike this place really. My impression is that the staff are still enthusiasts for the most part.

Noel Emits, Saturday, 18 April 2015 15:38 (four years ago) link

discogs are reviews are great, it's either:
a) old school clubbers reminiscing and being crazy hyperbolic about old school house/rave
b) a bunch of people posting "repress please?" or "you gougers should be ashamed or yourself" (hip euro "underground" deep house 12"s on small labels)
c) some person posting "the label on my copy is more periwinkle than violet and 'chuggin gasoline' is about 6 seconds longer than on the original uk chiswick issue"

brimstead, Sunday, 19 April 2015 03:39 (four years ago) link

Happy to see Dewey gettin' his dues

calstars, Saturday, 4 January 2020 13:43 (two months ago) link

you will certainly not be the first person who has listed a release with erroneous credits, it happens, there is a whole community of editors who will get around to it at some point and in the meantime it doesn't matter -- the important thing is to get the release up to share w/ the world as a reference, to document, the details can be ironed out later

budo jeru, Saturday, 4 January 2020 14:20 (two months ago) link

There must be some that will never be “verified”; as the performers are relative unknowns, and it would take considerable research to sort out whether (say) this Jane Smith is the same as that Jane Smith?

And in those cases, I guess the question is whether it’s better to lump them all together in a single entry (even if not likely accurate), or keep adding a (2), (3), (4) etc. every time a new Jane Smith comes up?

Into the Bro-known: One Dude’s ‘Frozen’ Podcast (morrisp), Saturday, 4 January 2020 18:57 (two months ago) link

need a librarian to weigh in

brimstead, Saturday, 4 January 2020 19:00 (two months ago) link

The main epistemic principle with a crowd sourced database is to strongly discourage all assumptions. Unless you're fairly sure your Jane Smith is an existing Jane Smith profile you always add a new one. As budo jeru says it can be sorted out at some point. Like a crossword some additional information can help make connections apparent.

The unsitance on verifiable fact (within reason) drives some people crazy - even stuff you might think is self-evident strictly speaking requires some corroboration, but it's a solid approach if a database is to have some credibility as a resource.

never knowingly otm (Noel Emits), Saturday, 4 January 2020 19:12 (two months ago) link

*insistance

never knowingly otm (Noel Emits), Saturday, 4 January 2020 19:13 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Reverb LP shuttering at the end of Feb. Disappointing for me as the platform increased my sales anywhere between 30-50% depending on the month. Boo.

the public eating of beans (Sparkle Motion), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 18:28 (two months ago) link

Aw man, that's a drag.

☮️ (peace, man), Tuesday, 21 January 2020 18:40 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

so ebay is busily telling us it's still open for business, which i assume means buying and selling online is not yet everywhere on pause (quite the opposite)

as i will very soon probably have a LOT of time on my hands (not in a good way) i am happy to get my head round putting my vinyl online (sometime music-writer since the early 80s, roomful of records in varying states of repair lol) -- so what is BEST PRACTICE currently, with lockdown and all. is it simply OK to carry stuff every day to the nearest post office? are there other options?

(when i was researching how to get my kickstarter book out into the world last year i discovered that the UK post office will do home pick-ups of large numbers of parcels, but my publishers suggested a much cheaper solution via their distributor)

i'm asking abt the UK here tho others itt i guess wd like to know similar abt the US and elsewhere

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:38 (four days ago) link

i actually cancelled the three orders i was getting ready to ship and i took everything else i was selling down. still lots of people wanting to buy stuff, but i don't really want to have to visit the post office any more

ymo sumac (NickB), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:43 (four days ago) link

^^^ yeah I'm done for at least a month or two

sleeve, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:47 (four days ago) link

that's what i thought (unless there was some clever unrisky workaround i didn't know about). it makes sense for me to do all the tiresome data-entry work during this slack period i guess

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:55 (four days ago) link

yeah that's a good idea, very time-consuming but I am so glad I did it

sleeve, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 14:59 (four days ago) link

if you know the weight you can print postage slips from paypal or discogs (at least you can in the US, I assume this is the same in the UK). My CD sales have def tapered off during the past few weeks; but my friend has a massive vinyl haul he's selling off on discogs and there's been no slowdown there for him.

akm, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:00 (four days ago) link

ABE does postage slips yes, so i assume the ebay or paypal postage slips work too. plus CDs you can pop into a postbox.

but how does you friend get their vinyl into the mailstream?

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:08 (four days ago) link

take a hacksaw to your nearest postbox under cover of darkness, you just need to widen the slot by about 4 inches

ymo sumac (NickB), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:18 (four days ago) link

"well i do consider it essential, officer"

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:21 (four days ago) link

I’ve had a few LP sales since our Bay Area shelter in place order was issued.

I had no trouble at the post office- there was barely anyone there save the employees.

I brought disinfectant wipes or gloves and felt safer there than going to the grocery store for instance.

And yes if you have a postal scale and a printer you can just drop off to minimize risk. Considering my likely reduction in income very soon, I’m listing more than ever and all too happy to continue sales.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 15:49 (four days ago) link

It's an ideal time to get cracking with the data entry, but be warned: Discogs sales are in freefall right now. So expect a slow start.

There are no current restrictions on using the UK postal service, unlike in some other countries, so that's good.

I made my first sale to a trusted friend, on the understanding that he'd leave positive feedback in return for a private refund; he was also a useful guinea-pig for my packing strategy. That way, I got to start listing with a 100% feedback rating, rather than with an unstarred "New Seller" rating.

Also in the name of initial feedback-building caution, I only sold within the UK for the first month or so. Less risk of things going awry.

The pricey stuff sells faster than the cheap stuff, so it makes sense to start with the pricey stuff. Then again, I held back on the biggest treasures until I'd become established.

Clean and partially play-grade all your vinyl. Don't just visually grade, otherwise you'll get tangled up in returns and refunds and bad feedback. For ultra-high volume sellers, like stores, there's no other option, but you'll get more orders if you can maintain your 100% record. As a buyer, bitter experience has taught me only to buy from 100% sellers if at all possible.

When grading CDs, be ultra-cautious. NM really does have to mean completely unblemished in every way. It's amazing how picky CD buyers can be. I've almost never had a vinyl grading disputed, but it happened a few times in the early days of selling CDs. Why they care about this stuff is anyone's guess, but there you go.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 16:57 (four days ago) link

I don't do CDs at all. I advertise cleaning with an RCM, and package well. After a year & a half, I've got 100% positive feedback over 139 ratings. I feel good about that. I don't have a lot of high value treasures, so my sales always seem really random. What I miss right now is Reverb LP, where I always did good businees with middle of the road greatest hits comps and perpetually popular albums. That platform really connected to people who were new to vinyl, whereas Discogs I get sales only from seekers and the occasional super picky bargain hunter. Anyway, it's a hobby...

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:11 (four days ago) link

I miss Reverb LP too. Transactions were so much easier.

☮️ (peace, man), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:20 (four days ago) link

Posties making noises about being unhappy still having to carry non-essential mail. Not to guilt-trip anyone (far from it), but still a moral data point to take into account.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/mar/25/uk-postal-workers-plea-for-limit-to-non-essential-deliveries-royal-mail-coronavirus

I've got my bidet and my pills (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:33 (four days ago) link

Mike - that initial feedback strategy could result in an insta ban, just FYI.

I've got my bidet and my pills (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:38 (four days ago) link

I never bought anything on Reverb LP (maybe that was the problem?), but it was always fun to browse on, and the layout for shops was excellent, with the condition & pressing info right out there.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:47 (four days ago) link

I assume the margins weren't worth the hassle. Also when Reverb got bought by Etsy, my first thought was "they're going to scuttle LP" and sure enough...

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:49 (four days ago) link

I think Reverb tried to offer the same level of support to music buyers as they do for gear and realised the scale is unmanageable at the level of profit for small individual items. That's my theory for why they pulled it.

xp

I've got my bidet and my pills (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:52 (four days ago) link

that makes a lot of sense. I was always surprised at how easy it was to get a hold of them. I think I sold maybe a dozen records and someone emailed me as my personal account manager

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:55 (four days ago) link

i bought a ton of shit off reverbLP twice, when they were running large percentage sales (like 25% or something, maybe it was higher).

Sparkle Motion, what's your Discogs sellername? I'll check your stuff out.

akm, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 17:55 (four days ago) link

huh I had never even heard of reverb until it shut down, maybe I mixed it up with “reverb nation” or whatever

Why they care about this stuff is anyone's guess, but there you go.


because they’re collectors?

brimstead, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:03 (four days ago) link

the site I was reminiscing about last week was GEMM

brimstead, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:06 (four days ago) link

GEMM was like some byzantine text adventure. I was never quite convinced that anything on it represented a real world object.

I've got my bidet and my pills (Noel Emits), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:13 (four days ago) link

i bought lots of stuff from sellers there. it went away, right? then was kind of replaced by musicstack which I assume is still around

akm, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:25 (four days ago) link

xpost to akm & anyone interested: I'm on Discogs as Good Records Oakland
https://www.discogs.com/seller/GoodRecordsOakland/profile

I strive to be the most fun you can have on Discogs... anyone here who has a shop, post it so I can find you!

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:27 (four days ago) link

Oh shit I totally forgot about musicstack

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:28 (four days ago) link

GEMM (last used in 2013), Musicstack (last used in 2012), Half.com (last used in 2009) and Netsounds (last used in 2007) were godsends in the late 90s/early 00s. So much great stuff at reasonable prices. Prior to that I used CDUniverse, CDNow and CDEurope (which had an amazing catalog - but it was always unclear what was available at any given time).

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:47 (four days ago) link

lol at your descriptions SM

budo jeru, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:48 (four days ago) link

seriously, damn, these are putting all those "nice copy, write for pics" descriptions in their place!

Paul Ponzi, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:52 (four days ago) link

lol yes they make me want to go rewrite all my (30-odd) carefully dull-ass ABE descriptions of books also!

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:01 (four days ago) link

do you have good stuff listed on ABE ? am e-shopping for books atm and would take a look

budo jeru, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:17 (four days ago) link

here you go: basically a mishmash of interesting-seeming stuff grabbed from mum and dad's house after dad died (some of from their parents), with much more to come when i have a moment (mostly for the moment in boxes in my flat)

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:29 (four days ago) link

good on you for not relying on stock photos. it’s frustrating that you can no longer filter search results by seller-supplied image

budo jeru, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:38 (four days ago) link

thanks for perusing! It's fairly time consuming to do listings AND writeups for them (which is why I skipped it for the 7 inches), but it's pretty fun as a hobby, and I do believe that having something a little different grabs people's attention. Sometimes I wonder why I bother for a $3 listing, but it's what I do... One nice thing that's happened is every now and again some buyer sends an interesting story or gets really excited about what they're getting. Connecting people with records is what I love doing, and it ends up being pretty gratifying in that way.

justice 4 CCR (Sparkle Motion), Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:40 (four days ago) link

(xp) cheers BJ, i like doing that bit! i work on a nice old desk that was once my grandad's -- also from mum and dad's house -- and it has a good surface for this kind of photo

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:43 (four days ago) link

maybe we shd start an ABE thread also, so as not to be impinging on this one

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:43 (four days ago) link

i was actually thinking of starting a more general “buying used books online” (if there isn’t one) since i was curious if there were any viable options that weren’t amazon subsidiaries (altho “check out storefront X on ABE” would obv be helpful too)

i dread starting threads or posting at length via phone but i have nothing but time rn so

budo jeru, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:51 (four days ago) link

happy to start it if you don't want to (probably not till the weekend tho)

mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:56 (four days ago) link

please do

budo jeru, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:58 (four days ago) link

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mark s, Wednesday, 25 March 2020 19:59 (four days ago) link

xp

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andrew m., Wednesday, 25 March 2020 20:07 (four days ago) link

books thread for budo jeru (and everyone else obviously):
Adventures in buying and selling used books online: ABE, fvck bezos but Amazon secondhand, other suggestions, tales, advice, warnings and more

mark s, Saturday, 28 March 2020 10:21 (yesterday) link


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