Most people spend years building up a record collection, most then sell in one job lot.|
Reading the advice on this page may greatly increase the money you get when you sell!
You should remeber that what you consider to be worthless relics from a teenage fad may in fact be very valuable!
This page discusses how best to dispose of your records, and which options are best for you based on the time you have avaliable.
It also looks at the risks of being ripped off and discusses how to avoid them
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|You will need to list and grade all your records accurately, if they turn out to be damaged, forget mail order! Also once you start selling online, you are committed to a time consuming process of dealing with customers and packing and posting records.|
If you are happy with the above, please select from the topics below.
|If you have a local shop, Walk in, you are not obliged to sell if you are unhappy with their offer, but if you get a good price, it will be easier than listing all your records in order to sell by post.
Also consider Record Fairs/Conventions. Try our online guide to UK dates, or check the collectors magazines and your local press.
US residents, try Spun.com who will buy or trade CDs but not vinyl. You can check what they offer online, do this, as for some albums they pay less than a dollar!
Be prepared! if you have a big collection consider investing in a Price Guide. Dealers are under no legal obligation to offer you a fair price, and once you accept an offer there is no going back!
If you decide to sell privately you will need to read the following topics..
If you sell privately, expect most of your collection to end up in boxes in some cupboard or another.
So you plan to Sell Privately.
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|It is all to easy for the well meaning vendor to get it wrong. Few dealers will deny having ever come unstuck.|
The most important thing is to maintain good communication and make sure your customers know exactly what is going on.
It is also Vital to keep accurate records of every transaction when orders go astray, you will need these records.
|Most arguments that arise between people trading online are disputes over grading.|
It is advisable to grade your records carefully, including remarks on any damage in the description.
This is only a guide, on common items such as 60s Beatles records the fall off in value is much sharper, while real rarities may hold their value, even when damaged, as collectors know they may never get an opportunity to own a better copy!|
The other option is to hire a stall at a Record Fair, this is quite expensive, so only do it if you know your records are valuable.
|Beware There are far too many auction houses, and most of them do not get many bidders! You are better off selling through the established ones or at the very least examining how well items are selling on any particular site before you list with it.|
|Remember: there is no reason why you shold not list with all these sites. As long as you update your inventory regularly listing on multiple sites will work well.|
|Remember: never send emails unsolicited, if people want to join a mailing list they will subscribe.|
|Remember: The Credit Card Companies protect themselves against fraud, then they protect the buyer...You are last on the list. If you have any doubts, authorize the card on the phone.|
Also remember that some Seller sites like GEMM who will take cards on your behalf, will take the money back if the transaction turns out to be fraudulent!
£2.50 over £26
N/A for USA/Canada
|Even if you have gained a healthy dislike for the buyer, try to sort it out amicably. If the dispute ends up in the public domain, you will want to be able to show that you have played fair.|