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Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?

Joe Offer 21 Feb 15 - 09:24 PM
GUEST,Lin 21 Feb 15 - 11:30 PM
Hagman 22 Feb 15 - 02:26 AM
John on the Sunset Coast 22 Feb 15 - 11:55 AM
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Subject: Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 09:24 PM

Subject: Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?
From: GUEST,Janet
Date: 05 Jan 15 - 01:41 AM

I sometimes buy/bid on Ebay for folk LPs and or CDs.
I noticed that the more obscure folk LPs are sometimes listed at very high prices. Some listings are "Buy It Now" and some are ones you bid on so the final price might be very expensive but even the "Buy It Now" more obscure folk records are high prices.

Of course you bid/buy what you can afford but I have found that some sellers are starting out with very high prices for more obscure folk records. I often wonder what they paid for them wherever they bought them - local record shop, thrift/2nd hand shop/yard sale/library record sale, etc? Maybe just a few dollars. Of course they have the right to charge whatever they want to make a huge profit and that's the way it works - but wow, aren't there any sellers willing to sell a record of an unknown folk singer/group for under $20.00 anymore?

I have been to all those type of stores, etc, places myself looking for the more obscure folk records - but never find them. Just find stuff like the Kingston Trio, John Denver, Peter, Paul & Mary, etc.

I've lately seen obscure folk records listed for $50.00 & up, many over $100.00 in US currency.




Subject: RE: Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?
From: Jason Xion Wang
Date: 05 Jan 15 - 02:07 AM

Bought Tom Paxton's first LP record on the Internet for $35 just a few months back。




Subject: RE: Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?
From: GUEST,Phil
Date: 05 Jan 15 - 03:19 AM

Caveat Emptor, twas ever thus. Right now vinyl is at the end of the same trading bubble that baseball cards and Beanie Babys went through in their day.

And just as you say, if there were 20 million pressings (eg: Brothers Four, Kingston Trio) it's U$1 in the store. You'll pay more for the shipping online. If it's a museum piece you'll never see it. It will go straight into a private collection for big $$$. If nobody is buying it will go in the trash no matter how rare.


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Subject: RE: Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?
From: GUEST,Lin
Date: 21 Feb 15 - 11:30 PM

I often look on ebay for folk LPs (occasionally CDS.) Yes, some of the obscure folk Lps are expensive. Like you Janet, I never seem to find the obscure folk Lps in 2nd hand shops, library sales, etc. either.
I was looking on ebay just the other day and there was some obscure folk LP (can't recall the artist/or name of LP right now) but it was for sale for over $200.00 for this one obscure folk LP.) All I can say is "Wow" to sell an LP (starting price) for over $200.00!!
Even ones selling for over $35.00 are beyond my means.

Once in awhile I will get lucky and find a good obscure one for under $20.00 and win it! I'm not interested in every obscure folk album I see but sometimes do find ones that interest me even though I am not familiar with that artist/group.
Found Lps by obscure American female folk singer, Dayle Stanley a few years ago on Ebay and bought them at a decent price. Dayle Stanley was a female folk singer out of the Boston area I believe and she had only two albums out in the 1960's. Hard to find.


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Subject: RE: Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?
From: Hagman
Date: 22 Feb 15 - 02:26 AM

I buy lots - OK, 10-15 a year - mainly CDs to replace aging or lost vinyl. Vinyl I buy when I can afford it to complete or add to (very) specific collections.

Yes, base prices have jumped - as they have in specialist shops. I'm amazed at some of the asking prices for stock-standard pop LPs in wretched condition; then again, I've never seen anyone actually hand over cash for those, so maybe the shopkeepers are dreaming.

Last time I looked, folk LPs had certainly retained value - the Barry Dransfield Polydor LP - original Folk Mill, not the re-issues - still commands 250 quid (U$400+) and assume the Topic Anne Briggs LP is about the same.... I think they're pretty much the benchmarks still for the revival genre.

I'm happy to pay between U20 and U$30 for an LP in good condition that I desperately desire - that's not much over and above twhat a CD re-issue price would be. Unfortunatly, it's the worldwide increase in postage charges that are the killers for us poor Aussies; tack on another U$20 to get it down here.

(We still seem to win the cricket, but... :-)

Market forces....

Michael.


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Subject: RE: Do You Buy Folk LPs/CD's on Ebay?
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 22 Feb 15 - 11:55 AM

First, I buy nothing online. Personal paranoia I guess.

When I was working I would stop at every thrift store and used record store I passed looking for folk LPs. I bought many for 99 cents to a couple of dollars. Among those I found the 1956 Elecktra recording of Glenn Yarborough and Marilyn Child. Ms Child is the cousin of one of my cousins so I bought it. Another is a private recording of a woman I have never heard of. It apparently was gifted to a friend, as the greeting was still on the cello wrapper. When I googled her, I found that she did have one release containing most of those songs which had Van Dyke Parks listed as producer(?) and musician on the album; but whether he performed on the private release, I don't know, as there are no credits.


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