my brother recently passed away leaving a large collection of cds there are some rare cds in the collection one of wich i cant seem to find any info on is there some place where i could get more info on values and rareaty and also where to start the research that i may need
Originally Posted By eggiepie: my brother recently passed away leaving a large collection of cds there are some rare cds in the collection one of wich i cant seem to find any info on is there some place where i could get more info on values and rareaty and also where to start the research that i may need
just start here at music stack..
or ebay..or just google the title the internet
should point you in the right direction...
if its a pirticular title and you come up empty..
give us the title..im sure most users her could provide info..
Cd's are a tougher act to follow in terms of value, as there doesn't seem to be a wealth of info out there on them in terms of their value online. You can try the MusicStack price guide, and see if they have information for Cd's, or you can try Ebay's closed auction listings for such items. Again, good luck, as there doesn't even seem to be any price guides from Jerry Osborne, or Goldmine that has any such information.
If I were you, until then, I would hold on to those Cd's until you do find out any information. Just remember though, in terms of rarity, there are just a lot of Cd's out there that are in fact very common, and it's rarity may only be exclusive to the perception of the owners, as to what constitutes rarity. There are lot of things that came out on Cd, that sadly, are not rare at all, but there are some odd ball rarities out there that do in fact exist on Cd, and can be worth some money. If you honestly want to know where the money is, it is in vinyl. Other than that, don't take them down to your local used record store thinking that you are going to become a millionaire either from selling Cd's. Many people have attempted to come to such conclusions, trying to sell their discs to used record shops, and every time the results ARE NOT impressive.
Again, my final vinyl advise; if it belongs to a family member that has just previously passed away, then why not just keep it as an heirloom?
CDs are tough... just like vinyl... a valuable item can appear to have a high price tag on a website here and there... mid-price on others... and sometimes go cheap on others... so becareful not to appraise against the highest you can find.
Secondly... just because it's worth a lot, doesn't mean you will sell it easily... a $100 item might not sell even if you offer it for $10 or even $5... which is why many dealers have such a constant high volume of stock that, in some instances can take years, even decades to sell on.
Find yourself a good local reputable dealer, remove the CDs of the most nostalgic value to you and your family, and offer the rest to the dealer... and hope he feels he has an outlet that is good enough for him to offer you a good price.
Or... take the time and effort to list each CD on eBay or similar places... and hope that, after fees and commission... you have some pennies left... ... ... it can be very tough game to be in... fun, for the interest in the music and the thrill of discovering great items... the selling is the bit that isn't much fun.
Agreed Jason, and to go along with your thoughts.........
I think unless you decide on becoming a regular seller anywhere, you might just be better hold on to the Cd's. For one, again, you might not get the value from them like you would vinyl, and like Jason said; you could be sitting on them for years, if say they are in fact high dollar records. Think of it this way too: The economy is crap! Things that perhaps sold like hot cakes a decade ago when the market was much hotter, especially here in the United States, is no longer the case at this time.
Think of it this way too: if the person who is selling the item needs money, then so does the person who is buying it, and what the seller needs to look at is what is going to move quickly/sell vs. profit margin. Taking your Cd's to your local record store isn't so great either because, especially if you live in the U.S., you will be lucky if you even get a few cents out of them. Trust me I know, and I don't sell to local record shops. You will get ripped every time, at least where I live in California. lol :-)
Firstly..to get an overall, in general feel for the collection, it might help to know where it came from. Was your brother a collector who actively searched for particular items to add to his collection or, when he heard something he liked on the radio did he just go buy it? Was he in Broadcasting, music retail or label promotions with access to all the "freebies"? Those things have a great deal to do with the condition of the collection and that has a great deal to do with it's value. And, collectors probably take a lot better care of their stuff than occasional buyers. Until Music Stack invented "price guide", (scroll up and look to the right) the only way to determine value was visit ebay,amazon, gemm, alibris, etc and see what they're SELLING for. With "price guide" you can see what they've SOLD FOR. Ebay has a guide too but you have to pay for it and it's for auction prices, big difference. Now... probably, what your Brother left you can be a lot of fun! If you've ever bought a scratch off lottery ticket and you get down to the last couple of scratch thingys and you know that probably nothing's gonna happen and if it does, it probably won't be worth much.... but, maybe, just maybe you have a hot one! If your collection's big enuf, you're bound to have some of those. That's how I feel when I type a title and artist into "price guide". Before you start, you might want to learn about "condition". Takes about 10 minutes here on Music Stack. Best of luck to you and my condolences on the loss of your Brother.
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