Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

Oxfan getting my goat...

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Oxfan getting my goat...

    I know its prob. an old discussion round these parts but.
    well let me start from the beginning.

    Yesterday I travelled a fair distance to try the charity shops of a town where, I haven't been for while, but on previous occasions has turned up some goods..
    So I hurry through all the things I've got to do during the day. As soon as I've finished that. It starts to rain.
    But I go anyway.
    My first stop, Oxfam. A tidy selection of records, no heat, all over priced, nothing under fiver. I walk over to the till to ask the standard 'do you have any more records?' 'yes, we do but, no you can't look at them, we need to price them first.'
    Then I look up to see behind the counter they have a copy of a Bob Downes Lp priced at £80, dam.
    Next shop - small box of standard chud. Well they are over the road from Oxfam, so probably get passed over.
    Cancer Research - No records - I ask why, 'Oh we send all our records to another branch so they can be priced up.'
    This is beginning to get to me a little.
    Save the children - Everything is £3, even the chaff. 'do you have any more records?' yes we have a whole pile out the back' (eyes light up) can I look through them? 'no. we have to go through them to see if any of them are worth any money.'

    This is just getting too much.
    Now I understand that these are businesses. And although they are called charity shops, they're not there for your charity. But come on. There usual argument is - well we found out that people were buying records from us that were worth a lot of money, them selling them. Why shouldn't we make that money.
    Yeah that ok to a point. But the people who buy these records, i.e. you and me, put a lot of hard work into gaining knowledge, hunting down records etc. That money/cheap record is the pay back.
    All you do is get them given to you. Look it up in RC, pay no attention to it condition, put it up for sale at the top price.

    shit just annoys me.

    ok rant over.

    did I mention it was raining.

  • #2
    classic one I get is 'we have a bloke who comes round and prices them for us' (and presumably takes the best ones himself to stick on ebay)....shit happens, just keep plugging away....
    We know when a mate buys it for you too.

    Comment


    • #3
      Know what you mean with charity's starting to price things stupidly, however take comfort that the really obscure stuff seems to slip through the net, when i find that Hymes a Swingin for 2 quid i'll be well chuffed
      working together for better bass and treble

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by [b
        Quote[/b] ]cell Posted on April 23 2004,02:32
        --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        Know what you mean with charity's starting to price things stupidly, however take comfort that the really obscure stuff seems to slip through the net, when i find that Hymes a Swingin for 2 quid i'll be well chuffed
        I quite agree seems to me to be a good motivation for finding out about stuff away from'the book'.

        There are still plenty of charity shops out there and not all are going for the 'high street' look and pricing . There's a certain thrill in coming across the free standing one off shop supporting the local cat's home, though for some reason these ones always seem to smell bad.
        Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

        Comment


        • #5
          Originally posted by [b
          Quote[/b] (Thelonious MOke @ April 23 2004,01:37)]All you do is get them given to you. Look it up in RC, pay no attention to it condition, put it up for sale at the top price.
          This is the only bit I have a problem with.
          I came across the 'Just Like Me' Interns 45 in Oxfam last week - priced £25 - scuffed to total buggery - not even worth risking the portables needle on.
          If they're gonna use the RC prices they've gotta use the RC grading system.
          new SPOKE release: >>> SEE HERE <<< RKM LIBRARY BEATS

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by [b
            Quote[/b] (Col Wolfe @ April 23 2004,06:43)]If they&#39;re gonna use the RC prices they&#39;ve gotta use the RC grading system.
            Don&#39;t get me started on that one.....
            Matt Hero

            Comment


            • #7
              I price records for a charity shop, I had originally asked this charity shop where there records as none where out.
              So I offered my services as they had said to me that a bloke from another town had asked to do it, but I got the gig as I was local.
              Sorry I&#39;ll get to the point, I do it once a month and price everything at 30p which is real fair to some of the horror I have witnessed.
              The charity shop in question is quite large and I have seen loads of vinyl and with that amount I believe that when they are at the sorting depots is when the gems are lifted, those guys are just to eager to do that bit for charity.
              The only things I have got is a copy of merle haggards &quot;street singer&quot; and a crazy addictive late 60&#39;s russian drinking/dance tune on parlophone.
              there only noodles michael...

              Comment


              • #8
                ok, here&#39;s a thought. the places you mention are all the standard high street charity shops. as we all know, they&#39;re very wise to prices of books and records (and i&#39;m glad they are, to be honest - although agreed on the RC condition comment).

                these days it seems that there are bargains, but not from the mainstream charities that have central departments - i&#39;m talking about those one shop charities that aren&#39;t part of a chain.

                those sort of places seem to always price very low and i&#39;ve yet to see an RC guide on the desk in any of them.
                http://www.blaxploitation.com
                Chops for show, groove for dough.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Just like to add that if I did manage to obtain any jewels from the dirt, i would probably keep them or trade them.
                  There is at least 5 crazed vinyl obsessed zombies (thats what they probably look like to the granny&#39;s) doing the chazza&#39;s daily in my town so I tend to pop in now again.Not much point at the moment.
                  I am off to sort them out today (more of me saying &quot;yes I&#39;m the man who sorts out the records&quot; great) I feel lucky I&#39;m 29 today.I let you know if...
                   
                  there only noodles michael...

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    I know of a guy a few streets from me who has access to the Oxfam depot by the Sainsburys on Dalston Lane, Hackney (that correct Serm?) I don&#39;t think he even prices them up or anything, but he pays good for things he knows will fetch money - 10 quid for a LP he can probably flog for 20...

                    I wonder if they still let him do that...

                    I guess charities should cash in on some of this bounty, but they&#39;re wading in like Bush here... They&#39;re charities, not bloomin&#39; Somerfiled&#33;
                    http://wakeupanddie.com
                    http://weirdgearnyc.com
                    http://makethingsmatter.com

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      I was in a Cancer Research shop this week with no vinyl and when I asked if they had any I was told that they had stopped selling it but this was down to the area manger and other shops may well still sell it (they do - just up the road a bit).

                      I was told that the area manager was also responsible for how the records were priced up in the shops - hence the disparity between the same shops even in the same city - bizarre&#33;

                      Personally - I don&#39;t mind how they price stuff up - I&#39;ll either buy it or I wont. What bugs me is the amount of suspicion I am treated with when I ask about records (or even whilst paying for them sometimes). I&#39;m sure I wouldn&#39;t get the same treatment if I was buying some knitwear or secondhand pants......on second thoughts.....
                      "..hole...road...middle thereof"

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by [b
                        Quote[/b] (Thelonious MOke @ April 23 2004,01:37)]Now I understand that these are businesses. And although they are called charity shops, they&#39;re not there for your charity. But come on. There usual argument is - well we found out that people were buying records from us that were worth a lot of money, them selling them. Why shouldn&#39;t we make that money.
                        Yeah that ok to a point. But the people who buy these records, i.e. you and me, put a lot of hard work into gaining knowledge, hunting down records etc. That money/cheap record is the pay back.
                        I&#39;m not really buying this. They are charities not business. Oxfam are using the money to help people who&#39;se lives are always going to be a hell of a lot shitter than ours even if we have to pay £3 for James Last lps. If pricing Moody correctly means a fw more wells in the Sudan it seems pretty petty to complain about it.

                        A friend of mine runs the Oxfam music and book shop in Dublin and she mainly uses gemm for pricing things - at about 2/3 of the average price there afjusted downward for condition. Seems fair enough to me. It is some of the stand alone charity shops that seem most insane here. there&#39;s one that has had a copy of Who Are You in their window for €15 for the last year.
                        Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

                        John Peel

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          A guy I buy stuff from on Grantham market also has &#39;an arrangement&#39; with some of the charity shops, but he&#39;s one of that rare breed - a record dealer with morals.

                          He was telling me that the Oxfam had recently received a collection from some fella and it was all in great condition and numbered. He managed to pull out two very rare ska LPs that he knew were worth upwards of £200 for the first and never-seen-listed for the second. He paid Oxfam £150 for the pair. There are plenty out there who would have given a quid each.

                          As mentioned though, it&#39;s the &#39;High Street&#39; chains who are wising up, mainly Oxfam and Cancer Research but Barnardos are increasingly corporate. Our &#39;local&#39; Red Cross and Help The Aged are still pretty Royston Vasey though.

                          I got a copy of Bonnie Dobson&#39;s &#39;Good Morning Rain&#39; LP from Oxfam last week, it was £5.99 which is on the one hand cheeky for a charity shop, but on the other a bargain to the buyer.

                          Looks like we&#39;ll have to increasingly resign ourselves to car boots and jumble sales though.
                          Jet Boy stole my baby.

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            My rule of thumb: if you can browse in comfort from a &quot;proper&quot; display, then buyer beware.

                            I&#39;ve long since ceased to be vexed by this and now find it quite amusing. It&#39;s all still a bit amateurish.The random (over-)pricing is hilarious - it seems that many of them don&#39;t even bother with the guide but rely on some kind of intuitive system (&quot;That one looks like its worth £25&quot;; &quot;It&#39;s by Dire Straits, I&#39;ve heard of them, it must be valuable&quot;, etc).

                            I&#39;m happy to pay them dealer-ish money for something good if I really want it, but in the sort of shops that have this policy nothing decent ever seems to reach the shelves these days anyway.
                            Endless Tripe

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Personally, I blame all those people who used to say &#39;I got this record for 50p in a charity shop, and it turns out it&#39;s worth £150&#33;&#39; Now it&#39;s more like &#39;I got this record for £150 and it turns out it&#39;s worth 50p&#33;&#39;

                              If you start pricing Harry Secombe LPs at £3, you don&#39;t get more money, you just get more unsold Harry Secombe LPs.

                              Comment

                              Working...
                              X