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  • Best online seller for used records, discogs or ebay?

    for pop rock jazz or classical (used) who do you use as your online seller?
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  • #2
    Ive been using ebay because I know I can get my money back if I get hosed on condition.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by JCOConnell View Post
      Ive been using ebay because I know I can get my money back if I get hosed on condition.
      in terms of getting your money back they're about equal. Getting "hosed" is relative. I used to sell records, I don't know how many can say they've sold a 10,000+ collection one record at a time (ok maybe a half dozed at a time) i did! And some people will complain about a scuff mark that doesn't sound on a record I sold them for $5 that goes for $50 in M- condition. I've only had to call off the dogs once on a Discogs transaction, it was resolved expeditiously.


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      • #4
        I prefer Discogs. But I have some rules. I’m a listener, not a collector or investor so media quality is paramount to me, sleeve/jacket less so. So I never go for less than NM grade on media. If I can get one I’ll pay some extra for a sealed copy. The biggest issue I’ve found with older sealed copies is warpage. But I have a Furutech flattener so I’m not bothered by that any longer. Next rule, unless I have a solid history with a seller I won’t buy from anyone with less than 100% positive feedback if they have less than 5,000 feedback scores. They can be 99.5% or so as long as there are more than 5,000 scores and the only thing dragging down the 100% are some neutral scores not related to media grading. As long as I follow those rules I never have a problem. Deter from them and issues can arise. But even then I’ve never been stuck not getting the resolution I’m looking for. That’s been my experience anyway.
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        • #5
          I really like Discogs. Bought maybe 25 albums. You can get almost anything and shipping usually isn't a problem. A sale triggers communication e-mails at each step of the process so you always know status.

          I'm usually looking for records in Mint or M- condition and don't mind paying for them. I prefer sealed, unplayed. M- can be an issue for me, because I like records from the 50s. What I'm buying a lot of is 60 years old. Think of the record playing technology back then. If the record's been played much at all, it's likely to be noisy even if visually it looks mint. If that's not what you're buying, you should have very good luck. Do look at the seller ratings and feedback.

          I have bought from eBay too, but like Discogs better.

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          • #6
            I definitely prefer discogs over eBay. Have had mostly good experiences. Many discogs sellers are local record stores, and that also makes me feel good.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Rob View Post

              in terms of getting your money back they're about equal. Getting "hosed" is relative. I used to sell records, I don't know how many can say they've sold a 10,000+ collection one record at a time (ok maybe a half dozed at a time) i did! And some people will complain about a scuff mark that doesn't sound on a record I sold them for $5 that goes for $50 in M- condition. I've only had to call off the dogs once on a Discogs transaction, it was resolved expeditiously.
              Rob, that sounds truly like torture. Did you get pleasure from selling 10,000 albums one at a time? just packing all the records for postage makes me feel a bit sick.

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              • Rob
                Rob commented
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                young and foolish, still in college and for a period thereafter. It was pre-internet, everything was over the FAX. I did mail quite a bit to the Continent and Japan. I wont do it again unless I'm bored out of my mind or insane.

              • 1morerecord2clean
                1morerecord2clean commented
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                I have a close friend who got a couple thousand LPs from somewhere FREE. He kept a few dozen he wanted and sold off most via Amazon. He only sold the ones with SKUs on Amazon so it wasn’t too laborious. Donated the remaining to Goodwill. I think he made a couple thousand $$ from it but what a chore.

            • #8
              Staight to Discogs for used records for me.
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              • #9
                I also prefer Discogs. The vinyl sellers on eBay do not seem to be as "vinyl professional" as Discogs sellers. I am not saying all of them but the sellers on eBay can be pretty ignorant of vinyl "rules".

                So far my experience on Discogs has been more positive and the sellers seem to understand what they are doing. Rating of the vinyl/cover is more accurate and the shipping is done as you hope it would be.

                Of course there are exceptions but Discogs has one type of product and one would hope the sellers of product there understand what collectors and listeners want when it comes to used records. The sellers on eBay do not seem to be as attuned to what is required for vinylphiles.

                I guess its the type of seller attracted by Discogs. Of course anyone could be a seller on Discogs but the nature of the site attracts more vinyl educated people.

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                • timztunz
                  timztunz commented
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                  I agree with you Ed. It takes some effort to be either a good user OR seller on Discogs. of course, as you say, there are exceptions but I do think that aids in keeping some of riff raff out.

                • JCOConnell
                  JCOConnell commented
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                  good points Ed

              • #10
                I prefer Discogs for second hand vinyl. Over 700 transactions and only 1 negative experience. Typically I pay with Paypal so you can get your money back.

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                • #11
                  Thru Discogs I use Satellite records in Michigan. I don’t think I have missed once after many purchases. Highly detailed descriptions of each record including photos of the jacket and vinyl. I generally buy from sellers with a long successful history. I use PayPal to protect myself.
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                  • #12
                    I buy used records online from a few selected dealers whom I have known and who have known me for many years. They all have liberal return policies, at least for good customers. I will occasional use discogs for something missing from my collection that is not expensive, but rare.

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                    • #13
                      I don't purchase that many used online however I've had great luck with both. I've only had to return one & it was a copy of Ellington's "Blues in Orbit" - Classic Records 45 rpm pressing. My favourite tune on the album had a tick all the way through it.
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                      • #14
                        Boy, I think DisCogs is a great resource. I do look at the sellers credentials. I had two issues, both resolved at snap of a finger.
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                        • #15
                          This scam is new to me..



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                          • Viva Hifi Scott
                            Viva Hifi Scott commented
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                            I got scammed by the Blue Note online store or someone who hijacked their store, offering an amazing sale on new and recent Blue Note LPs.

                            The Blue Note store charged me for 4 records they said were in stock and would be mailed in a few days, I check back repeatedly for almost 2 months. They gave me a tracking number that showed the package would be sent via UPS (why UPS?) and that it weighed 5.6 pounds. This made no sense because when I ship via UPS they always round up to a higher pound, never ounces or tenths of a pound. Finally, after many complaints the package was shown as having been shipped. Then after a few days, UPS sent me a notice that the box had been damaged and was actually empty. Empty!

                            It seems to me that Blue Note never intended to fill my order and just wanted my money. Fortunately, my credit card company canceled the transaction and I got my money back. But this whole episode has put Blue Note in a very poor light in my eyes. I still like their products but will never buy directly from them again. If you buy Blue Note records by mail, I suggest using one of the reputable online dealers like Music Direct, Acoustic Sounds, or Elusive Disc.
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