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Yard sailing for records

The summer is nearly ended and for me that means no more yard sales. It pretty much feels over anyway. Those early mornings of grabbing a coffee and running out the door unshaven start to wear thin. Well, at least untill next year. By no means are sales over though, people will continue to have them as long as the weather holds up. But in my opinion they've more or less already sold the "good stuff". You know, stuff we buy for a couple of bucks and sell at many hundreds of percent online.
But to my point, which I haven't really made yet. Yard saling for vinyl records can be discouraging. Usually, you find a handful of records (at each sale) which have spent too much time in the basement, are scratched, and left out in the sun during the sale. If you DO find a decent one, pull off the price tag very slowly, with a hair dryer if neccessary. Most likely it hasn't been on long enoung to have damaged the cover.
Once in a while I will find a major dig, but again, I'm brought down by the fact that they are mostly classical, old school country, or some other meaningless catagory.
Now before you country folk start emailing me, I will say that I've picked up some gems by older country artists and enjoy listening to them. (I'm a major new country fan).
The only records with a monetary value are going to be pop, rock, soul, funk, etc.
Old classical records have no value ( except to your uncle who is a classical snob).
I say this with a fair amount of authority having been a buyer in the retail record trade.
Heck, people didn't want the new classical, which is why I have had to drop that department in more than one store.
The real advice finally comes...
Some folks finally decide to cut the cord and post huge collections which can be had at very reasonable costs. Be gently with these people in your offers. Remember, they have spent years building these collections up with loving care.

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Reader Comments  (3) | August 31st 2011 at 1314792186

Oh, my! And here I am sitting on at least 1000 old vinyl LPs, some still sealed. I recently sold an old Hank Williams, Sr., for $25. My problem is listing them; one at a time or a stack of them at once. No these are not my personal records, nor did I buy them. I know there's a market for them, I just haven't found it. Maybe I'll take your suggestion and list them on Craigs List.

Good blog. I enjoyed it.
hifistyle | August 31st 2011 at 1314796755

There are two routes you can go depending on how you view these. Do you feel they have value based on genre? (Remembering that old rock n rock, pop, imports, R&B, Jazz, and blues are the ones worth anything). Or, is it something that just "needs to go".
If you just want to get rid of them, Craigslist is a good place to start, but here's a couple of pointers.
A bulk lot will usually go for 25 cents up to a dollar each. Count (roughly) what you have and then assign a value. Make it a little higher than what you really want and then the customer has some room to talk you down to what you really were expecting to get. That way both you and the customer will feel they made a good deal.
Secondly, be careful dealing on craigslist with people you don't know (which is most of them). Maybe you want to take the records in a van or truck and meet them in a McDonald's. This way strangers don't know where you live. Extra Perk! You can use McDonald's WiFi for communicates as well, protecting your email and phone numbers.
Route number two is picking up a copy of Gold Mine's Record Price Guide (for lps) and reading the grading section before you grade and price.
This is a lot of work!
Remember this all important fact. There are almost NO MINT ALBUMS out there. Your average grade will be very good and that includes grading for the jacket as well.
Again, this is time intensive and if you're not interest in the record business or starting a home-based business, this is probably not the route you want to go.
Record collectors are very fussy and will challenge (rightly so) your assessment if incorrect. This will result in lower feedback scores, returns (plus returns on shipping), and frustration on your part.
I hope this has spread more light on this topic for you!
Good Luck,
buyzjewelry | September 1st 2011 at 1314893290

Well said and it appears that you really enjoy what you do.

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