Rare Record Price Guide 2016 (Record Collector) Paperback – 1 Nov 2014
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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 ?
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...Read more ›
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