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In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2012 01:11:01 BDT
Reimer says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2012 01:17:59 BDT
wobberoo says:
I'll tell them it was all HIS idea.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 11:37:04 BDT
Mandryka
You have undoubtedly spent many thousands of pounds buying these CDs but sadly they are unlikely to command much in the way resale value. Of course it depends what the music is and how collectable it would be, but I would be prepared to be disappointed in terms of how much you will get for them.
Last year I sold my CDs, 350 of them, to the Music Magpie service. I got an average of about 75p a CD for them. I was quite happy with that. I doubt whether I would have made any more had I sold them myself on ebay/amazon/carboot sale. Music Magpie pay from 30p - 3.00 per CD depending on how valuable they consider them. I suggest you pick out the CDs you consider the rarest and see how much they would pay for them. (BTW I am not connected to this company) If you don't get much of a price then it is up into the loft or give them away somewhere. It is gutting to think that you are throwing away all that money, and the sentimental value of the CDs, but, if like me, space is at a premium, take a deep breath and cut your losses. After all, it's not like you don't still have the music.

In reply to an earlier post on 20 May 2012 11:53:27 BDT
Mandryka
You have undoubtedly spent many thousands of pounds buying these CDs but sadly they are unlikely to command much in the way resale value. Of course it depends what the music is and how collectable it would be, but I would be prepared to be disappointed in terms of how much you will get for them.
Last year I sold my CDs, 350 of them, to the Music Magpie service. I got an average of about 75p a CD for them. I was quite happy with that. I doubt whether I would have made any more had I sold them myself on ebay/amazon/carboot sale. Music Magpie pay from 30p - 3.00 per CD depending on how valuable they consider them. I suggest you pick out the CDs you consider the rarest and see how much they would pay for them. (BTW I am not connected to this company) If you don't get much of a price then it is up into the loft or give them away somewhere. It is gutting to think that you are throwing away all that money, and the sentimental value of the CDs, but, if like me, space is at a premium, take a deep breath and cut your losses. After all, it's not like you don't still have the music.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2012 07:38:03 BDT
Chris Hill says:
Be brave and do what we did when we also went "ALL" digital. Donate to your local library. Like you I had thousands of discs and just the thought of being able to share this music with a whole bunch of new listeners kind of gave me a fuzzy warm feeling.

In reply to an earlier post on 21 May 2012 09:46:25 BDT
Great little product. I have archived my collection of CDs, cassettes and vinyls going back to early sixties and I now listen to stuff I never thought I had. Try putting it on random play and a whole new (old) world opens up again. I do not work for Brennan either!

Posted on 21 May 2012 11:07:06 BDT
T.J.Byford says:
Just as with my LP's I can't bear the thought of parting with my CD collection. My LP collecting days go back to 1960 and whilst these seldom get played today, they are part of my life. And there are recordings on LP that are simply not available on CD. So I've hung on to them.

Regarding CD I, too, had storage problems, and knowing I would never ever part with them, I have for many years now been doing what some have already mentioned in this forum: I throw away the jewel cases, keep the booklets, and store the naked CD's in zip carriers which take anything up to 208 discs at a time. Each case is the height of an LP and occupies less than 3 1/2" of shelf space. On a shelf in one half of the width of a wall unit and measuring just 33" wide, I can easily place 9 cases. Given the height, I am able to rest 4 cases on top of these. So, in a space of just 32"x20" I store 2,600 CD's. As my collection of CD, then DVD/Bluray, grew, I simply bought additional storage cases that I can usually find space for.

There is a downside. Just as with my LP's, CD's in jewel cases were stored in alphabetical order by composer, and slotting in new CD purchases was relatively easy. Not so with my current arrangement. So I find there are several alpha runs, which means I don't always latch on to the correct case the first time. And should I ever wish to consult the liner notes at any time, well I have to dig out from storage cardboard boxes in which they are kept, but again with the alpha sequencing all over the place! And, latterly, non-existent!

The worry for me, were I to rely on HD storage, is that with hard drives it is a question not of "if" but when they fail. At some point in time they most certainly will. Only you won't know until too late. So given the views expressed here about how much you may realise from selling your CD collection, and the hassle, you couldn't do worse than holding on to them, and look for a solution for less voluminous storage space.

Posted on 21 May 2012 12:06:26 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 May 2012 12:11:53 BDT
I have collected, bought and sold 78s, 33s, LPs, reel to reel and cassette tapes and CDs since 1970. I only maintain sufficient space at home to store about 300 CDs and may be 100 LPs though I have purchased at least 10,000 pieces of music in all the media. Unless you are an abject collector, I wonder how many of your collection you actually play. Do you play all 3,000 of them? If not, does it matter what you do with them? This is how I have disposed of mine over the years:

-- Sell to second hand stores. This is unquestionably the best alternative. If there aren't any of these where you live, contact www.secondspin.com on the web.

-- Give them to friends and libraries. Both will be happy to accept your donation. This will help friends broaden their musical horizons and, by donating to libraries, you will help give other people access to music.

-- Unless your collection consists of CDs in what Amazon calls its top 10,000 sellers, forget trying to sell them on Amazon or ebay. You'll wait months and years to sell them, then only get a trifle for them.

One final piece of advice: never part with any recording on CD, LP or any other format that you love. You're going to learn that hardcopy is always preferable to digitized air, which is my idea of downloads and coputer storage. Once a CD goes out of print, you may never see it again. I've learned this lesson multiple times over the years.

The reason people are still willing to pay money for LPs is because they are hardcopy. Downloads and computer stored files are wothless once you create them unless you are going to buy the rights to reproduce them on CD and sell them yourself. When you tire of that, or when something better comes along, your only option is to erase them.

The music CD is the best delivery system ever contrived to deliver the product, multiple times better than MP3 downloads and better than FLAC until the size of the file shrinks to a manageable size and delivery systems improve.

Posted on 22 May 2012 07:05:59 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 May 2012 07:27:36 BDT
I face a similar dilemma. Having thought long and hard, I am of the opinion that selling one's much-loved collection is a little myopic. I am leaning towards selling my common, almost valueless stuff to musicmagpie and saving the collectable, rare and deleted.

Deleted or rare and obscure albums are where the gold is. Once sold, you are at the mercy of the majors as to whether they deem an album "worthy" of a re-issue.

So, as others have suggested, do a little research via amazon and eBay to find the going rate for what you own. Sell the stuff owned by the masses, keep the rare as rocking horse poop stuff.
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Home taping is killing music...

That's what "they"said in the 80s

Then again "they" also said you could play CDs covered in jam

What do they know?

Posted on 22 May 2012 08:38:14 BDT
Baldman says:
try HMV swap shop - 50p a disc. you got a store card to the value of what you have sold to spend in HMV. No faffing with post or waiting for cheques.
Personally, I would rip everything, sort out the wheat from the chaff, get rid and keep the valuables. If you haven't played it in over a year, let it go.
And that's easy for me to say, I have been wanting to do the same thing for ages but can't commit to do it. It would be like Gollum losing "precious" !

In reply to an earlier post on 22 May 2012 08:51:14 BDT
get a Brennan JB7 and rip them.......:)

Posted on 22 May 2012 13:13:52 BDT
I'd never ever dream of disposing of my CD collection; in fact, I try to add to it at every opportunity. The artwork - case inserts, booklets & tray liners plus any printing on the disc itself - are literally works of art as far as the "completist" collector is concerned. Rarities can be searched for, bid for & (once obtained) even gloated over! My little collection includes music CD's, DVD's, radio programmes & CD books - 300+ in total. Not many, you may say - but then, I only collect Buddy Holly.

Posted on 22 May 2012 14:28:24 BDT
Nugent_Dirt says:
Contrary to some posts here I've been getting back at least what I paid for a whole bunch of jazz and classical CDs I bought in good faith but have never played or played just once. I'm gobsmacked at how well they're flying off my shelf. New or 'like new' ones still sell well on Zon. 5 may not sound much for one CD but multiply that up by 3,000! However, a couple of years ago I ripped about 60 CDs onto my laptop and sold the originals. Not soon after my laptop was nicked. I now keep my fave CD albums as back up. So, I suggest you take a long hard look at your collection and be honest with yourself about what you actually do listen to. Like so many folk, dont get caught up in that 'i may need it one day' mindset. There lies the roots of hoarding.

Posted on 22 May 2012 16:49:14 BDT
Baldman, I've got loads of CDs I haven't played for a year which I'd never get rid of. Playing them again is like a re-discovery.

I'm sure this idea has already been suggested somewhere, but wouldn't it be possible to have a levy included in the TV license (or a separate license if you didn't have a TV) which covered you for all the music and DVDs you ever wanted to buy/rip etc. and then make the individual discs cheaper? Therefore, if you possessed any music or film in any re-playable stored form, you'd be obliged to have a license to stay legal.

I haven't click Post yet but I can already feel the backlash about to hit me in the face.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 May 2012 20:22:22 BDT
Kamakiriad says:
I agree with Stanley - mine are all burned to HDD too, but the hassle of getting rid (for what I feel is too low a return) is not worth it.

Oh and sorry to be a nag, but you have got the whole lot backed up at least once with one copy kept off site?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 15:02:28 BDT
I. Telfer says:
Sadly selling discs has become pretty worthless these days with fees and high postage costs.
You only have to look on Amazon to see used discs available at 1p!
When I archived my collected I bought some cheap CD Wallets that hold about 120 discs...Then discarded the jewel cases and stored the disc, sleeve and back pining.
This cuts down on space and also keeps the physical CDs incase you need them again.
I did this to about 1,500 discs. I didn't bother to catalogue them.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 May 2012 15:04:20 BDT
I. Telfer says:
Sadly, if you make a copy you break copyright. Simple as that.
It's like driving above the speed limit on the Motorway, everyone does it and very few get prosecuted.

Posted on 24 May 2012 20:45:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 May 2012 21:26:19 BDT
2old4925 says:
I am the proud owner of over 10,000 CD's and vinyl items and they don't take up too much space when properly sorted and racked, especially when compared to other large household objects like fridges, sofas or wardrobes. I don't think space is ever the real issue. What I have noticed on ebay is a distubing trend that someone is selling their collection because their partner is not happy with it 'taking up too much room'. I think this is more about control than space. Just remember this bit of advice from an old man - most of you will have many partners during your life - you will only get one music collection, so keep it!

Posted on 24 May 2012 21:58:21 BDT
Reimer says:
If you cared enough to collect the stuff in the first place, don't chuck it all away on something as trivial as temporarily being irritated by the collection. I'm sure you could rent storage space cheaply, if nothing else.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 00:05:37 BDT
wobberoo says:
2old4925-your name suggest age.It has also brought you much wisdom.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 00:13:36 BDT
Spacepig says:
He's also a raving loony - have you seen what he does on the voting threads? (But we love him all the more for it).

Posted on 25 May 2012 02:16:19 BDT
2old4925 says:
............and they're coming to take me away to the happy home with trees and flowers and chirping birds and basket weavers who sit and smile and twiddle their thumbs and toes and they're coming to take me away ha haaa!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 12:07:18 BDT
Nugent_Dirt says:
Might be a good idea then if they changed some of the dafter parts of copyright law. What's the legal situation if you make a copy but leave out the tracks you dont like?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 12:27:36 BDT
Spacepig says:
See what I mean?

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2012 13:02:05 BDT
J. Stankova says:
Hi, if you some vincente amigo album ''de mi corazon al aire'' i will buy it off you. You can try to sell you CD's on ebay or amazon as i think many people still use CD's. I personaly had a time when it was all about iTunes but now i listen a lot to CD's when at home.
Good luck, Jana
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