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Rare Record Price Guide 2016 (Record Collector) Paperback – 1 Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 1444 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolis Business Publishing; 13th edition edition (1 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956063985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956063984
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 5.8 x 15 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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This Price Guide has been a major source of reference for record dealers and collectors since the 1980s but over the years has become increasingly unrealistic. The main problem is that it includes too many records at vastly inflated values compared to what they actually sell for in the real world, even in that unlikely utopia of perfect mint condition. Most prices are left unchanged from edition to edition or simply increased by a fixed percentage.

In my opinion up to 50% of entries should either be removed or perhaps included without a value as the demand is far less than the supply. Just choose a mainstream, not widely collected, artist from the 1950s to the 1980s and check sold ebay listings against the valuations and you'll soon see what I mean.

The publishers of the monthly Record Collector magazine and price guide seem to want people to believe that a far higher percentage of their vinyl has a £££ value than is actually the case and that does everyone a disservice.

Plus come on folks call it the 2015 Price Guide but 2016 in autumn 2014 - what's the sense in that ?
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A very thick and comprehensive book but it misses about 80% of records that you try to find,you would be better off checking your values on EBay (which is where they are collected from for the book) and it's free!
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Like many of the other reviews, I found this latest edition to be disappointing. Misses loads of recent rarities by bands including St Etienne, Manic Street Preachers, Throbbing Gristle to name but a few. Many listings seem exactly the same as the 2014 edition. A rather pointless purchase sadly.
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Barely updated and holding on to old prices. Very disappointed with RC's refusal to drag themselves into the present and maybe take some advice from websites such as Popsike.
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I bought this updated book and don't know why i bothered. I might has well have stuck the new cover on the old 2014 volume. Some of the prices are just wrong. Stupid values placed on stuff that you'd be lucky to get 20% for and other stuff that if i could buy for what they say, i'd buy hundreds. Sadly, this book has lost touch with the Record collecting world on values. It's useful though for releases, cat numbers etc... but if you want values, look elsewhere.
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This is not a catalogue!

Which is to say that it does not, and should not be thought of as a price list for records, for use by record stores or ebay sellers hoping to make a sustained living off the kind of records this book has. It deals very specifically with RARE records, that you, will, by definition, not often come across.

It deals with only the tip of the iceberg, and the vinyl iceberg at that... CDs barely feature, and most often only special items that go with the vinyl, promo copies, or special box sets, even though the groundwork of an emerging collectible CD market is taking shape, and acquiring value in many instances.

Most likely people will be looking to buy this if they have a record collection they've dug out of the loft, or inherited, and want to sell. This most likely, unless such a collection contains headline acts like The Beatles, Rolling Stones and the like, will not speak to 95% of what you have.

Even collectors of such will find these listings too vague, as the internet has created discussion forums between enthusiasts and audiophiles that know their onions, and who know the apparently infinitely detailed subtle differences between pressings and editions, as defined by sleeve prints, mis-spellings, matrix numbers and stampers, which make the difference between a record worth £400, £200, £20, or £0.

So it assumes you already know this kind of thing, and just want a price for that general title and press.

Many are overvalued here, even at mint condition, especially as some of the older stuff (early fifties) has a diminishing market (sorry if that seems crass) but also, many more are undervalued...
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As a vinyl retailer this is used as a point of reference but . . . only when all other points of reference fail. The 'book' prices in it can seem arbitrary and my first port of call is usually Popsike or Discogs as, let's face it, sold prices are more realistic. Keep in mind that this is for UK releases only too. It does, however, make for interesting browsing when a new edition comes out.
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This is as comprehensive as ever and would have a five star rating if it didn't contain quite so many errors. It is an essential source for the ardent record collector but equality frustrating for its inconsistencies. e.g. the same listing appears twice with different valuations or typing errors/misprints of alarming significance. Nevertheless, this poorly proof-read (if at all) edition, is still a widely recognised authority for the valuation of some of the more collectible records. A word of caution though, e-bay buyers often tend to throw these valuations out of the window, so don't expect the prices here to form much of a price guide.
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