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    A local record dealer mentioned in passing to me that he ‘sorts records’ for 3 local charities.
    Is it common for Charities to have ‘dealers’ do their sorting, isn’t it kind of a conflict of interest?
    What are the chances of a ‘Moody’ or Hymns are swinging’ ever even making the shop floor? Or even anything half decent? Zero!
    Is this type of thing  (dealers sorting) common? I’m a little disillusioned/disappointed by it, it makes going to charity shops an even bigger waste of time that it (often) is already.

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    I asked about ten local charity shops this about a year ago about half had 'someone' who looks at them before they're put out. That said they may not be dealers but a manager with 'the book' as some of them still put out interesting stuff. I guess the assumption is that dealers will pay pence for rare/saleable stuff, but it is equally possible dealers may pay above the small amount that the charity would charge. So it may still be in the charity's best interest.

    I haven't seen anyone ever go up to the counter in a charity shop and say 'I found this LP for sale at a pound did you know it is worth 50 quid which is what I will give you for it'.

    After he retired my dad started doing work for the dogs for the blind in his area . He sorts their stamps and sells them on - he's not a dealer so it's all voluntary. I asked him if they wouldn't be better just putting the whole lot out as they arrive with the view that it would attract hordes of bargain hunters who would buy other stuff once through the doors. He reckoned the take for the charity nationally doing it that way might just match what he can achieve locally.

    He pointed out that though it would be nice to give out a warm feeling that the average punter has gone away with a bargain , but it doesn't pay for guide dogs.

    I don't see these principles being any different.


    He also pointed out that doing it this structured way means people who know what they have in terms of valuable stamps are now more likely to donate valuable items.

    So my question is - is they're a difference between stamp collectors and vinyl collectors?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by [b
      Quote[/b] (Parkz @ Nov. 27 2004,04:36)]A local record dealer mentioned in passing to me that he ‘sorts records’ for 3 local charities.
      Is it common for Charities to have ‘dealers’ do their sorting, isn’t it kind of a conflict of interest?
      What are the chances of a ‘Moody’ or Hymns are swinging’ ever even making the shop floor? Or even anything half decent? Zero!
      Is this type of thing  (dealers sorting) common? I’m a little disillusioned/disappointed by it, it makes going to charity shops an even bigger waste of time that it (often) is already.
      Of course most charity shops have dealers with access at the sorting stage. One used to live a street away from me, who had access to the Oxfam clearing house somewhere in Dalston, London.

      He always paid a fair price for good stuff - obviously not as much as he would sell on for, but 20-30 etc for decent pieces, so that's why they let him do it...

      Thing is, most likely the records people look for on this board are often beyond the radar of these dealers, so there's still potential gold to be found in them hills,a s long as you forget chasing the same old shit like Moody etc.

      It's a fast and regular turnover for charities and that's their goal, like MystDrF's dad pointed out above, and seems perfectly fair enough to me.
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      • #4
        I guess the difference between stamp and record collectors depends on whether the latter plays them out. Is there a stamp version of Djing?!
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        • #5
          Originally posted by [b
          Quote[/b] (Nick Cope @ Nov. 27 2004,16:19)]Is there a stamp version of Djing?!
          Sending postcards?
          You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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          • #6
            'There must be a Penny Black in this box........'

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            • #7
              Man, I've been waiting for a Penny Black to come through the letterbox for years now. All I get is 1st Classes, sometimes an International...
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              • #8
                Originally posted by [b
                Quote[/b] (Nick Cope @ Nov. 27 2004,16:19)]I guess the difference between stamp and record collectors depends on whether the latter plays them out. Is there a stamp version of Djing?!
                Ironically my Dad is a self styled "philatelic historian" and he (like many) has done up a display of items on his chosen area of speciality (wartime airmail censorship marks) which gets shown at stamp shows all over the world. Probably a bit like doing your mental mixtape and sending it out to be picked over by everyone else. Or dj ing to a load of other chinstrokers.
                Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

                John Peel

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by [b
                  Quote[/b] ]Ironically my Dad is a self styled "philatelic historian"
                  Seems there's some sort of genetic link thing going on here. Anyone else out there care to own up to a collecting parentage?
                  Specialising in Rusty Goffe since 2009

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                  • #10
                    My grandad's name was Stanley Gibbons. No relation (to THE Stanley Gibbons) but mebbe some sort of nominative determinism?
                    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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