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    I was thinking that some of the vultures may be able to provide some advice on this topic. I have too many records and want to create some space as well as getting rid of some of the stuff I don't listen to much. Quite a pile of stuff is not bad enough for me to just want to dump it at the charity shops so I am looking at a few options. I can either take it to local second hand places who'll take the good bits and give me a fiver each on exchange, I could try listing it on ebay or I was thinking of taking it to one the regular record fairs here. Obviously the latter is a lot more work especially if I think I should stick prices on things and put them in categories. And I tend not to spend so long with the dealers whose stuff is unpriced and in random order. And I have to pay 45 quid per table which I donÂ’t if I just sell them to my friendly dealer. But is it likely to make me more money or shift more stuff. Obviously that depends on a certain amount of luck and whether my records are all crap or not.

    But if anyone has any experience or advice I'd appreciate it.

    I was just wondering
    Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

    John Peel

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    A friend of mine just did the very same for the first time a couple of weeks ago, at the Kilburn black music fair in London. His stall cost £40.00. He had mainly new music, hip hop, r&b and leftfield dance, as well as pretty standard funk, jazz and soul lps. He made £350!

    £200 was made in the first hour, from other dealers snapping up all his bargains! So it would certainly seem to be worthwhile..
    Let him have the lot for £2.00 - we were only going to throw 'em out anyway...

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    • #3
      Ive done a few record fairs and its so-so. Pick the biggest fair you can get to obviously. The TUC fair in london isnt all that bad these days.

      I priced up the things that were worth pricing but left the rest. Always negotiate like mad - Even if you think you think you're losing money - As you are not because you are saving you're back when you have to lug it all home!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by [b
        Quote[/b] (emperor tomato ketchup @ April 14 2004,15:26)]I was thinking of taking it to one the regular record fairs here. Obviously the latter is a lot more work especially if I think I should stick prices on things and put them in categories.
        My mate just sorted them into £3, £5, £10 piles etc and separated them like that - no need to individually price then.
        Let him have the lot for £2.00 - we were only going to throw 'em out anyway...

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        • #5
          Obviously the choice of fairs in Dublin is pretty small, there&#39;s a small 45 table one in the city centre and a 100 table one out my way.

          I&#39;ve a friend who might share the table with me so that&#39;ll make it easier - except it&#39;ll probably mean our stuff&#39;ll get mixed up with hilarious consequences.

          The best upshot is it&#39;ll reduce the time I have to buy stuff at the fair.
          Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

          John Peel

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          • #6
            i&#39;d definitely do it - choose the bigger fair unless the smaller one is a specialist fair for your chosen market.

            i&#39;ve done this a few times and always done well. like vibra said - the best stuff always went in the first 2 hours. the japanese guys got there before the sellers&#33; queuing since 6am&#33;

            definitely take trophy-standard stuff as you&#39;d be surprised how well it sells if it&#39;s really sought-after. at the last kilburn fair i did, i sold about 5 LPs in the 50-100 quid range in the first hour, and all day sold nothing for less than a fiver, despite having a big stack of bargain bin goodies.

            it&#39;s really worth putting the effort in: pricing and sorting your stock properly. take well-built crates, don&#39;t over-fill them so it&#39;s easy to browse, and make up some card dividers that you can write genre names on to stick in each crate.

            like vibra said - don&#39;t bother pricing cheap stuff individually, just put out a load of crates at say, 3 quid and 5 quid. people like to rummage and think they&#39;re getting a bargain.

            also be prepared for trading, and look out for the guys with big record bags. sometimes you can get amazing trades if people don&#39;t bring much cash and want something you&#39;ve got.

            don&#39;t forget to take a load of food and drink for yerself too (unless they provide it at the fair)
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