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Initial post: 9 Apr 2012 08:53:06 BDT
Mandryka says:
I have about 3,000 CDs. They never get played - when I play my music I stream it from a hard drive to the hi-fi.

At the moment CDs are displayed on shelves. But they're starting to look so old fashioned, and I could use the space to display something more interesting and beautiful. The CDs are, quite frankly, neither use nor ornament.

I've kept them because, at the back of my mind, is the idea that they're potentially a valuable back up to the hard drive. But this line of thinking may be specious. I already have one back up on disc. It would be cheap and easy to create a second or even a third.

The CDs must be worth many many thousands of pounds.

What should I do? Keep them stored on the walls? Store them in boxes in the loft, where they may be difficult to access? Sell them? Or what?

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 09:03:04 BDT
Ralph says:
Hi Mandryka.
I have been selling my CD collection on eBay for about 4 years.
It is hard going.
Some go for good money, £5+, but most go for pennies.
If you are desperate for room or money (not much) then do it.
If not, keep them...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2012 10:39:17 BDT
well I'd sell them right here on Amazon marketplace - its very user friendly and you can turn the money back into music without any guilt, not to mention knowing your sad lonely cold and silent CDs may well have found a loving home with a Dude who takes 'em out for a spin now and again. its a win win !

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 10:52:47 BDT
To be honest, it most likely depends on what CDs you have. You should see what the going price for said CD is on a website like eBay, as there are some CDs that are worth amounts in excess of £20, these are pretty rare though. I mean, if your collection consists of mostly Pop CDs or very successful albums, it's probably not worth the bother of selling them, as they'll most likely be worth pennies - but if your CDs are by more collectable artists, or particularly rare then they could well be worth a lot. One last thing, collectors, and there are plenty of them, prefer, on the whole, old CDs. CDs from the 80's or 90's, basically early versions, are normally worth more than recent issues, assuming of course, that they're worth anything in the first place. So yeah, I'd just have a look, see which of your CDs are worth something reasonable and sell those ones. Hope that helps

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 12:36:25 BDT
Mandryka: I know you contribute to the Classical Music forum so I am guessing a significant portion of your CDs are classical. Sad to say, they have little secondhand value. Over the years I accumulating various duplicates (incompetence) and decided to sell them. Most of them were still in the plastic foil wrapper or played only once. I put the more expensive items on Amazon Marketplace - it was like watching paint dry - I sold one in 3 months. I also tried ebay with better results in that all but one sold but as an earlier poster pointed out the selling prices were usually derisory.

If you have storage in a loft, put them there. In 10 years time (or less) you will regret selling them.

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 13:42:28 BDT
Reimer says:
This reminds me of the way so many people dumped their vinyl when CD was achieving hegemony, a very short-sighted thing to do IMO. Properly-made booklet-and-illustration-accompanied hard-copies are WAY better than spectral, nebulous, easily-erased (or otherwise lost) sound files for me.

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 14:43:36 BDT
Reimer: I gave a way a lot of my LPs (to a good cause) when I moved house. Now 20 years later I partially regret doing so, some of them have proved to be irreplaceable. At the time I didn't think I would ever want to listen to them again. Recently I have been buying LPs, not because of any supposed superiority of vinyl (far from it) but because the performances I want are not available as CD or downloads. That is why I recommended Mandryka not to get rid of his CDs.

I also buy downloads and, mostly, the lack of documentation doesn't worry me. I back-up all my downloads and regard them as durable as LPs and take up less space than any other medium.

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 15:57:27 BDT
MC Zaptone says:
How will you listen to those old CD's in the future if you get rid of them? We are seeing a change in both formatting and storage. This will change even more over the next ten years. I would always suggest holding on to the originals to use as 'source' after all you have paid good money for them. I know a few people who got rid off both CD's and Vinyl after converting to Mp3 (seemed to make sooo much sense at the time) all of them bitterly regret it now.

Posted on 9 Apr 2012 22:29:46 BDT
J. M. Wilson says:
Not quite sure of the legalities,but I thought it was illegal to have a cd rip of a cd without actually owning the cd.

Posted on 10 Apr 2012 05:03:58 BDT
Mikey says:
It's fine to sell off or give away your CDs. As you get rid of each CD, just remember to delete ALL copies of the music it contains off your hard disc as you do so, otherwise you will be infringing copyright by committing an act of piracy.

Posted on 10 Apr 2012 20:08:40 BDT
Bungliemutt says:
Get rid of your CDs? Hang on to them; the sound quality may not be brilliant, but a decent CD player knocks MP3 into a cocked hat any day of the week.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Apr 2012 20:16:03 BDT
TEL says:
get a life if he gets rid of his discs and delets the hard drive
he will not have any music

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 05:51:44 BDT
Albert Ross says:
that is in no way, shape or form true. It's only piracy if you distribute the copied music. You can make a thousand copies of a cd if you want as long as it's for your own personal use.

And re: the original post, give them to me. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 05:54:23 BDT
Mikey says:
No, if you no longer have the original CD, then you're supposed to remove any copies that you've made of it, otherwise it's piracy.

Posted on 11 Apr 2012 08:40:42 BDT
T. Franklin says:
To both sides of this argument. Show us the law to back yourself up, huh

Posted on 11 Apr 2012 13:17:23 BDT
Reimer says:
Music lovers shouldn't let "The Law" and its bullying enforcers override their common sense, or dictate their own lives' details in such degree. Rip the collection if you can't stand their presence, give the discs away to those who will give 'em a good home, and bollocks to the Stasi.

Posted on 11 Apr 2012 13:42:31 BDT
I'd keep the CDs in the loft myself as a long term collectable. I'd also stick a working player up there as well.

Posted on 11 Apr 2012 15:38:19 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2012 15:45:11 BDT
RayB says:
Great advice to give to someone to ignore, and therefore to break, the law.
You can make and keep copies of the music you own if it's for your own personal use, but if you give away or sell the CDs you no longer own them, and therefore have no right to the copies.
If you sell them and get caught I'm sure Reimer will be only too glad to pay any fine you incur and help you to rebuild your collection, but if you think that this will not be the case then keep your CDs and ignore those who think that piracy is not theft.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 17:19:32 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Apr 2012 17:23:29 BDT
RayB, if Mandryka has had these CDs for years, it's hardly comparable to buying a new CD, ripping it to a hard drive and selling it straight on. The company who manufactured the CD has had their money from him. Of course, the flipside is that, in turn, he (or she) has has his (or her) money's worth from the CDs too and could just give them to a charity shop.

Your only argument is that, by selling a second hand CD, the number of new CDs being sold is depleted. Given how few people still buy CDs anyway, I doubt this would break the bank. Of course, what an interested party could do is buy Mandryka's cheap 2nd hand CD and rip it, assuming this is cheaper than buying the download. Then they could sell it on again, ha ha.

It's called recycling - buzz word of the 21st century. If it means fewer CDs are manufactured and fewer end up in a landfill, I for one am all for it.

Mandryka, I'd be keen to know if you have any old jazz or any old movie soundtracks.

Posted on 11 Apr 2012 17:37:26 BDT
Mikey says:
James, the thing is RayB is right. It doesn't matter how long you've had the CD - even an original from 30 years ago (hey, it's worth money!) it's the copyright that matters. Once you sell or give away that CD, you lose the access to that music which copyright gives you. According to trade bodies such as the BPI, RIAA etc, keeping a ripped copy is theft, pure and simple. The fact that it's a copy and that the original is still available, doesn't matter to them.

If Mandryka wants to get rid of their CDs, then to ensure that his music collection is maintained, all they have to do is buy a legitimate download off the likes of Amazon or iTunes.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Apr 2012 19:45:10 BDT
CM says:
Give them to Oxfam or another charity !

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Apr 2012 09:34:02 BDT
Big Matty says:

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 09:58:08 BDT
You can use an online site like Music Magpie or Zapper to sell them.... you only get a little bit of money for most of them, but it adds up surprisingly quickly. I'm moving back to Australia and have scanned all my CD's and DVD's and have got almost £100 for everything I have....

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 17:08:28 BDT
RayB says:
At this point in time it is technically illegal to make copies of your Cds, but the industry will allow you to make a copy of music you own for your own use. The government wants to remove this technical point, but it will still require you to own all the music you have copied and that the copies must be for your own use.
If you sell or give away the originals you will no longer own the music and therefore have no right to retain the copies and will have to delete (or destroy) the copies. That is the law, and to break it risks prosecution.

Posted on 12 Apr 2012 17:38:43 BDT
Mikey says:
RayB has it right: you must own the originals, or you're committing piracy. It's also terribly immoral to get rid of the CDs, yet keep a copy, since it deprives the artists of revenue.
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