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  • Paperback: 1440 pages
  • Publisher: Diamond Publishing; 11th Revised edition edition (15 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095326016X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953260164
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 5.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Marcus on 5 Jan 2011
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The RRPG should not be treated like a "bible" of prices - the 4th word in the title is "Guide", just as RRP means "recommended" on a product - be reasonable, flexible and cautious of printing errors. It is easy to use, it's in alphabetical order by artist, then format/size, then chronological by release. Can't go wrong, really.

Even though it's a guide, it doesn't give you much advice beyond pricing. As part of my review I'm adding some tips.

Always bear in mind:
a) If it's not listed, it's probably worth less than £5 or is worthless at this time. Depending on its title it may be obvious rubbish that will never have value, or simply a weak title from a popular artist which currently has low market value.
b) Don't expect people to pay the prices the book states unless its Mint. See the Grading Reckoner for an idea - it's on the last page.
c) The book can be, and often is, wrong - go to any record fair and you'll hear plenty of "no chance" for some prices stated.
d) Just because it isn't listed doesn't mean it won't be one day - if you're a collector, don't hesitate to keep/get an item.
e) Sets often have greater value if complete, even if some of the individual vinyls that set aren't in the book and some are.
f) If you are using this book to sell an old batch found in the attic use the Grading System in conjunction with the Reckoner, it's fairly well thought of as long as you play fair - check ALL inner/outer sleeves, vinyls, labels and inserts.
g) Never trust a prospective buyer, they may be a dealer who have a copy of their own - anyone who says "I don't think it's worth that much" must have a price source to make such a claim, right?
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Glasgow Dreamer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct 2010
Having bought this book direct from the publishers (albeit at a price higher than Amazon's), I have had it for about a month now, and have had plenty of opportunity to formulate my thoughts.

This is the eleventh edition of the Price Guide, now issued every two years. As usual, the publishers are at pains to point out that it is the largest, most comprehensive guide to rare UK releases, and this is difficult to argue with - at 1440 pages it is 32 pages longer than the last edition. (However, a little research would suggest that this edition may not be any more comprehensive than the last - many items issued in mono and stereo now have their entry extended over two lines rather than one, thus taking up more space. I'm quite sure the cumulative effect of this would at least add up to the extra 32 pages.)

Thankfully, this edition seems to be materially better than earlier editions - I have not yet come across any pages with obscured print, as occurred with the Kinks entry in the last edition; there don't seem to be any pages in the wrong order, as occurred with Slim Whitman's entry in an earlier edition; and the index captions at the top of each page do at least appear to coincide with the entries on that page, which is a welcome improvement on earlier editions.

However, there are still a number of instances where text has been indented for no apparent reason, rather breaking the flow and making some pages look untidy.

Finally, as far as editing goes anyway (as far as I have yet noticed), it is unforgivable, in a work such as this, that one of the most important entries, in this case Elvis Presley's entry, should contain such a fundamental error as transposing the headings for "RCA EPs: Triangular Centres" and "RCA EPs: Round Centre Re-Pressings".
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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Aalui on 28 Oct 2010
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As a record collector of 29 years, following the growth & decline of Record Collector has been a part of my life, initially an enjoyable part, ah, but that was long ago... Buying the magazine stopped about 10 years ago, but as a collector or dealer, you HAVE to buy this book to at least keep up with Record Collector's diminishing relevance in the real world of Record Dealing just to see why a common record is suddenly £20.

You get a record, you look it up & say a salty comment to yourself & then up or, sadly more often, down the price as the narrow clique of self-serving out-of-touch dealers suggest it really sells at. Much is underpriced too, he who knows which is the winner. My interest is in the entire pre Punk era, after 1982 I lost interest in new music. Some of their "experts" you can see selling online and bragging they are experts. You can judge for yourself how expert they really are & the amount of stock they trade in is surprisingly small to be quoting prices.

But where are they getting these out of date too-high prices? The majority of sales today are on the internet & not just that site either. A lot of trading & private sales go on, but record fairs are generally long finished as are shops. Thinking everything goes up with inflation is wrong. Much of records & other collectables is GOING DOWN in value except the small percentage of hotly sought items. There are more items surfacing making a once rare record a common one, yet RC says the value has gone up!

A big problem in this guide is REGGAE pricing. Due to some unsavoury souls causing problems on a Reggae forum, it has resulted in prices on one site being "faked" deliberately by these malcontents artificially boosting the prices into the megabucks territory that is just not the truth.
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