RECORD STORE TALES Mk II: Getting More Tale
#329: Selling My CDs
We all end up with CDs that we no longer want or need. I very rarely sell my CDs anymore. I’d rather donate them to a new home, where I know they will be loved and appreciated. The money part is less important to me. The last time I decided to sell off some CDs, I decided to try Sunrise at Fairview Mall (now closed). I’d never tried selling there before, but I had bought plenty. Their pricing was more than fair, but the guy was very slow. He didn’t seem as knowledgeable as the people I was used to dealing with. For example, I sold him my original, non-remastered CD copy of Twisted Sister’s Stay Hungry. He asked me, “What is wrong with this CD?” It seemed he didn’t know what remastered vs. non-remastered was, only that the bar code he had punched in came up as something “discontinued”. So I had to explain the remastered vs. original thing to him. He ended up giving me $5 for the CD which was good, and I took store credit (which was a little bit more).
Still, it took him a lot of time. I only had a handful to sell that day (10 CDs if I remember) and it took the guy more than half an hour to look at them. It wasn’t a bad experience; I ended up with enough store credit to buy a some things. The money was good, about the same as I would have got at my old workplace. It was a comparable total, and I was happy with it, but the wait was a little excessive. I used the store credit to buy my friend Peter the new Metallica live set for his birthday.
I have also sold my discs (CD and DVD) at garage sales, an experience so memorable that I’ve written a future Getting More Tale about that story. Stay tuned! I’m saving that one. Let’s just say that serious garage sale people are an entire species to themselves; the cheapest people you will ever meet in your life.
I don’t need to do any more major purges of my music collection, currently. Any time I need to weed things out (usually an old version of a CD that I have upgraded) I can always find them a new home. You might say, “Sure, but money is better.” Maybe, but my friends return the favor in spades, so I can’t complain. I’m often the recipient of used CDs and movies that are sent to me in repayment for the discs I gifted earlier. Nobody ever asks for repayment, we just seem to have created circles of friends who share the wealth. In fact I’ve acquired some really great collectible stuff just due to the charity of friends. Thanks!
What do you do with your old CDs? Sell ’em, trade ’em, gift ’em? I’m curious so let me know in the comments!