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Saturday, 1 October 2016

Second-Hand CDs - Update 2/2 - The Outliers


Of the 350 CDs considered in the previous post, there were some that command absurd prices on Amazon (although, as previously mentioned, such prices would undoubtedly plummet once somebody else lists at a lower price).  I've chosen the 10 most expensive and will look at them here (and I don't think it's a coincidence that Music Magpie aren't selling any of them, presumably because they don't have a copy in any condition).  That said, things may have changed since I last checked about 12 hours ago.

I was going to separate "New" copies from "Used - Like New", "Used - Excellent", etc., but it seems a bit pointless when looking at prices like these.  And after all, even a CD described as "Good" can be more or less as good as new.

In the classic reverse order of course:

10.  Josef K - The Only Fun in Town/ Sorry for Laughing (5413356090529 if you want to easily search)

Best offer on Amazon:  £14.68 (from besouro).  15 other "offers" ranging from £15.00 to £61.61;

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer still £14.68 (besouro), with 11 other offers ranging from £15.00 to £61.61]


9.  Stereolab - Sound-Dust (5024545157123)

Best offer on Amazon:  £16.58 (from OnlineMusicFilmsGames).  7 other offers, from £19.50 to £50.18);

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer still £16.58 (OnlineMusicFilmsGames), with 6 other offers from £19.50 to £58.48]


8.  The Concretes - Boyoubetterunow (0796818008528)

Best offer on Amazon:  £17.95 (EliteDigitalUK).  3 other offers, from £21.95 to £221.31(!);

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer still £17.95 (EliteDigitalUK), with 3 other offers from £21.95 to £221.31]



7.  The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra - The Benevolence Of Sister Mary Ignatius (5037300785608)

Best offer on Amazon:  £19.99 (encorerecords).  4 other offers, from £21.68 to £91.68;

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer still £19.99 (encorerecords), with 5 other offers from £28.69 to £91.56]


6.  The Delfonics - Adrian Younge Presents the Delfonics (0795550002122)

Best offer on Amazon:  £20.11 (KELINDO³).  4 other offers, from £20.16 to £45.12;

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer still £20.11 (KELINDO³), with 4 other offers from £20.16 to £45.12]



5.  Tap Tap - On My Way (5065001043581)

Best offer on Amazon:  £20.85 (World Shop JP).  7 other offers, from £20.91 to £47.86;

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer still £20.85 (World Shop JP), with 7 other offers from £20.85 to £46.56]




4.  Soul Searchers - Salt Of The Earth (5013993572527)

Best offer on Amazon:  £34.97 (GLOBAL FRENCH BOOK).   4 other offers, from £47.34 to £126.06;

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer now £47.34 (Japan-Select), with 2 other offers, £53.89 and £64.95]




3.  Escort - Escort (5055373507118)

Best offer on Amazon:  £39.96 (25Music UK).  1 other offer, at £117.54;

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Turned out I'd missed an alternative (but identical CD), so the best offer now is £18.95 (EliteDigitalUK), with 3 other offers, £38.28, £39.96 - the 25Music UK one - and £117.33]




2.  Sheila & B. Devotion - King Of The World (5051011362729)

Best offer on Amazon:  £40.15 (japazon).  1 other offer, at £79.99;

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Best offer still £40.15 (japazon), but now with 2 other offers, another at £40.15 and one at £79.99]




But the one that blows the rest out of the water:

1.  Cats And Cats And Cats/This Town Needs Guns (Split album) (5060109097337)

Best offer on Amazon:  £1,070.69 (OnlineMusicFilmsGames).  2 other offers, £1,070.70 and £1,874.61). Yes, you did read that right.  I had to take a screenshot, as this sort of thing can't possibly come up very often:



I can't believe that any of these are going to ever sell at those absurd prices, particularly when a number of them can be downloaded - from Amazon itself - for as little as £7.99.  I know some people like to have the physical object, but surely there are limits?

Anyway, if you've got any of these, I'd suggest you list them pronto.  Although in the time it's taken me to write this post, the situation's probably changed...

[Edit at 1.48am, 02/10/16]  The big one has indeed changed, but not in the direction I expected...


So Ocelot Europe have dropped out and the other two have put their prices up to a point midway between Ocelot's (now gone) price and their own.  What is going on?  I'm tempted to list my copy at a fiver, just to see what happens].

[Update @ 02/10/16, 1.30pm:  Still just the two offers, £1,426.19 (OnlineMusicFilmsGames) and £1,426.20 (KELINDO³).  Seriously, what are these people up to?]

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