I've only been to one record fair this year, back in June, armed with a small amount of birthday money. There was plenty of vinyl for sale, but bargains were as scarce as dobby horse droppings. I couldn't believe the high prices for some quite frankly average condition LPs. I have found the same on Ebay so just stick to the LPs I already own and concentrate on CDs now when it comes to new purchases.
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That is indeed unfortunate. I have rarely managed to find good quality bargains at car boot sales or the like. I have had a few on Ebay but only rely on a couple of dealersthat I have used in the past and can rely on their rating system. Otherwise I stick to the independent dealers knowing full well that I may be paying slightly over-the-odds but having the peace of mind concerning product quality there as well.
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The price of records is the issue I have. Look on any of the auction sites and they are at least twice the price od cds. That's not right. Some say because they are looked after lovingly, but that's rubbish. The word 'exploitation' springs to mind.
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A year ago I had 5 LPs and a used RP1 TT, a year later I have a better deck (albeit a Rega one) and a serious addiction to vinyl - Im glad I got into it!
it all down to supply & demand I reckon! less and less people are buying CDs so prices of CDs can only go down - economics n all that - just saying like!
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Quite right stevebrock. It wasn't so long ago people were taking their old vinyl to the tip because they couldn't sell it.
How times have changed. I do know that the price of new vinyl is steep but this is predominantly down to the cost of raw materials (just look at the price of Brent Crude these days and you'll know where I'm coming from) and more people seem to prefer their LPs to be pressed on the heavier weights of vinyl.
However, these days if I was given the choice of buying 2 CDs or one LP (for approx. the same outlay pricewise) I know which I would go for.
I actually do not think I will ever buy a CD ever again, except for my daughters - they like all thet chart rubbish!
2 cds or 1 LP = the latter for me everyttime!
Talking about pricing....am I the only one who doesn't think new LPs are overpriced? Well no more than they ever were. If you inflate the price of premium-price premium-label records from LPs' heyday you get to about £25-30 per LP in today's money. That's why there was such a proliferation of budget labels like MFP, Pickwick, Stereo Gold Award, Chevron, Hallmark, etc.
I saw a first-pressing of the Beatles Please Please Me LP on eBay not long ago with its original price-sticker on it, and iirc the price on the sticker inflated to about £36 in today's money. It was the mono version, so presumably the stereo version would have cost even more. We've never had it so good, as a someone remotely famous once said.
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True - TBH it's the inconsistency of prices for the same albums. I've seen run-of-the mill stuff like, by that I mean popular, range anything between £5-£12 for a new unopened cd, while records *new* are between £8.00 - £36.00. I know like all businesses prices can vary but to that degree?
I have no problem with the pricing whatsoever!
One of my recent purahses was the Editors new Album on 2 x 200g with red book CD for £17.99 - that is not expensive PP its a bragain!
I agree that sounds a decent price - believe me I love vinyl - but there are a lot of overpriced records out there. One reason why I'd be reluctant to spend a lot of money on a top-notch TT. That said, I am genuinely pleased these little shopkeepers are still seeing an upsurge in records.
So do I. CDs every time, and probably buy a pint with the change that's left over too.
Our local Audio-T seems to have lots of visitors when Diverse Vinyl set up stall inside (twice a year?). So why don't they have a few boxes of vinyl in there all the time?
I'd go in there more often if they did.
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