The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

10 February 2008

With a single purpose

Advice to garage-sale types with old recordings, by Brian J. Noggle:

Jeez, you record and cassette sellers, you need to know your price point here. Individual songs are a buck on the Internet. If someone wants to buy your old record or cassette, that person probably wants one song for sure and perhaps the rest as "maybe I'll like it, too." So you need to beat that dollar price point. You cannot hope that the stuff you liked back in the day along with millions of other teenagers in your generation will somehow prove to be a "collector's item." Keep it under a buck, or you'll keep it, period.

And one other thing: if something really is a collector's item, the collector is not likely to tell you so. If you have a mint LP of, say, Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music, you're probably better off trying to move it on eBay.

Posted at 8:59 AM to Tongue and Groove

Cassette tapes? Total crap. But an LP in good shape that's even remotely interesting? That's worth something to me. Call it sentimental value. Or a love of pop art. Or a lame-ass attempt to reclaim my youth.

But cassette tapes? You can't give those things away for crying out loud.

Posted by: Kate at 9:09 PM on 10 February 2008

Cassettes tend to have lower prices than LPs, though; as I noted, I picked up a couple for a dime each, and since I'm not going to be playing them on the old iTunes at max volume, the difference in quality won't be noticeable. Of course, in the day, I was guilty of playing my cassettes until their quality suffered anyway, so poor quality just makes it all that much more nostalgic.

Posted by: Brian J. at 6:51 AM on 11 February 2008