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Jun. 12th, 2010

06:37 am - CD Selling Advice?

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So, if i'm going to sell of a heck of a lot of CDs (let's call it somewhere between 500-1000), and my first line of defense will be used CD stores with a back up of pawn shops, here's my query: how do i keep from giving them the impression that i've stolen all of these CDs from someone? Is it sufficient that i'm more than willing to provide ID documentation?

I realise that this is going to be a lot of music and it might worry a shop, but it's going to be easier and more lucrative if i can take the whole bunch into, say, Cheapo, Electric Foetus, or Half Price Books here in Mpls, than to run a hundred at a time to different shops. I just don't want to get flagged for investigation, you know?

Also, _goodmanbrown_ do you still want the CD holders? I might want to keep one or two, but that leaves another dozen or so. And if there are any physical CDs you want that you know i have, speak now, or come paw through them. Part of the project tonight, if i get home from filmatic endeavours in time, is to at least sort them into the ones i'll keep and everything else.

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A phonecall to Cheapo nets me the following info:
--The most they pay for a CD is 5$.
--Price depends on condition and whether they have some in stock or ne.
--They *will* separate a collection into piles of "these are worth x or y," so i can easily take anything they won't give me a decent price for and ebay them in groups or yard sale them for 1$ each.
--For huge groups of CDs, they just want you to call ahead and be prepared to drop them off for a day or so.
--They do need a driver's license at the time they pay you.

Now begins the huge project of culling and systematic burning. I really need to work out that whole laptop djing thing!
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From:eatsoylentgreen
Date:June 12th, 2010 12:02 pm (UTC)
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for the Cheapo on Snelling in St. Paul, I didn't need anything, but I did need the CD cases.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 12th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
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Wow. They didn't make you fork over your driver's license? I've only sold CDs in NM, where theft is so rampant, they basically have to take down all of your info. Cases...i have those. I was just worried about walking in with an entire collection and looking suspicious. ;)
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From:eatsoylentgreen
Date:June 12th, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
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oh I actually don't remember now, maybe I had to show ID and sign somewhere, it was years ago.
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From:manna_panna
Date:June 12th, 2010 01:57 pm (UTC)
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Call ahead and explain?
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From:jmanna
Date:June 12th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
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I second the calling ahead. You're probably going to have to leave your CDs there and come back a day later for a total since it will take them a while to go through them all.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 12th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Aha. That makes complete sense. Thanks to you both for that advice.
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From:jmanna
Date:June 12th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
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You'll have to show an ID. It's a city? State? Law for any item being sold second hand or pawned. If they look reluctant, just be truthful. You are moving and have a limited amount of space.

You're not going to get a good price BTW, maybe $0.10 a disk. (Sold some CDs a while back.) They offered a penny for most of them. Might want to consider selling them in lots of 20 on Ebay or craig's list with the minimum being $1 per CD OBO.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 12th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
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Eek! I guess the CD market has really tanked. Last time i sold CDs to a proper shop, the min they'd offer you was 1$ (or they'd just say they didn't want them at all). You might be right about eBay.
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From:killbox
Date:June 12th, 2010 02:43 pm (UTC)
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Generally, dress well, tell them you are working on moving and need to pair down your collection. They will probably want ID/info but if you don't look like a crackhead i think you would do fine.
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From:_goodmanbrown_
Date:June 12th, 2010 03:04 pm (UTC)
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I *definitely* want the racks! That'll save me tons of trouble, actually. Awesome!

I'd like to have a look at the CDs too, if you're not in a super rush. I can't today, though. Tomorrow afternoon would be the earliest.
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 12th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
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Nah, not a huge rush. Not like i'm leaving tomorrow or anything. And i still need to burn everything to the computer. I figure, though, that anything you might want is going to go in my local/rare/must keep categories ;)
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From:_goodmanbrown_
Date:June 12th, 2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh, also: people sell whole collections all the time, and I doubt Cheapo will raise the slightest eyebrow. They'll definitely take down your info-- they have to. I wouldn't recommend starting off the conversation by saying, "so, these CDs aren't stolen, or anything..." :)

I'd sell at the St. Paul Cheapo, then hit the Half-Price Books on Ford Parkway on your way back to Minneapolis to try and dump anything Cheapo passes on.
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From:br0ken_dolly
Date:June 12th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
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i sold a ton of CD's when i had to leave Lincoln a few years ago, and no one batted an eyelash. everyone's going electronic these days, so it's not super surprising, but also the guy who bought the bulk of them was CLEARLY a meth-head, and probably didn't give two shits where i got those cd's. man, was he twitchy.

good luck packing :)
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