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    This story has little point and is merely the latest in a long line of moans about ridiculously overpriced records so i apologise in advance.

    I browsed through an enourmous stall of records at a local market, Julio Iglesias and Shirlet Bassey and bad 80s pop by the bucketload. "All €8 unless otherwise priced". I eventually found two reords that were worth €8 but I already had one of them and didn't really fancy the other as my will to live had been crushed out of me. But seriously where does someone pull €8 as a suitbale price for stuff they've no idea about. Did they actually think that €10 was too much but they don't want to be robbed by all the hipsters now that "records are worth money". As it turns out there are two antique stalls in the same market who want €10 for their cruddy lps so this probably is the thought process (TOTP, common as muck folk, Chris De Burgh, usually trashed) and more for their RCA/Camden Elvis comps 9also trashed).

    Maybe we should have a "no finds" thread for stuff like this.
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    Oh yes. Shop I bought Smash Hits 72 for 33.33p had a stack of 45s, typical price £4, some as high as £12 - typical charity shop names, Connie Francis, Cliff Richard, etc. Change the name of the thread to No Finds! Great idea.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by eine View Post
      Oh yes. Shop I bought Smash Hits 72 for 33.33p had a stack of 45s, typical price £4, some as high as £12 - typical charity shop names, Connie Francis, Cliff Richard, etc. Change the name of the thread to No Finds! Great idea.
      That at least sounds like the person had some ideas about pricing, albeit deluded, as opposed to pulling a stupid one-size-fits-all price out of their ass.
      Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

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      • #4
        There's a crazy place in a smalltown near me where everything costs "12 Euro and up". It's almost all crap - things that are hard to give away, and it works like this: if you ask how much a record cost it will cost 12 Euro if the owner thinks it looks like total crap, if however it looks the least bit interesting it will cost more - almost always way more than it's actually worth. I've been there once, didn't buy anything. Me and a local dealer sometimes have a laugh over this place though he claims to actually have found some records worth buying there a few years ago, though in the end he didn't think it was worth going through the enormous amounts of records in the place just to find a handful of records that where just about worth paying the asking price for.

        The owner of the shop also has megalomania (according to my dealer friend) and wants to become the "king of vinyl in Sweden" - apparently he has tried to buy a lot of record shops or sign some form of partnership deal but everyone thinks he's crazy and wants little to do with him. Mainly because he doesn't appear to like music or have any clue about records.

        We have no idea how he makes ends meet as he can't have many paying customers - when I was in there I speculated he might make money on the porn he sells so I pulled out some random cruddy VHS(!) tapes and was shocked to find pricetags from 20-40 Euro - seriously who buys 90s VHS porn for that amount of money?? Of course there are some Swedish early rental tapes that are collectible but these were just standars crap from what I could see. (disclaimer: not being a porn connoiseur I might be wrong and he could sit on a treasure trove that people travel for miles to get their hand on at any price asked but I seriously doubt it).
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        • #5
          10 euros for Chris De Burgh lp's? Crikey what drugs are they taking! There's crazy pricing antics going on all around though. I recently saw a copy of the double Beatles singles compilation lp (the one with the blue cover) for £24.99 and wait for it..............that was in a charity shop. Reminds me of when I used to go round the markets if the stallholders had Beatles records they were always to one side separate from the rest and even if it was an MFP release or something like that they still wanted atleast 5 times as much as any other record they had, even if the other records were worth decent money.

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          • #6
            And I should also add that the Beatles record in the charity shop was the black vinyl edition and not even in that great shape. Had it been the blue vinyl copy it wouldn't have been too bad.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Just The Sound View Post
              And I should also add that the Beatles record in the charity shop was the black vinyl edition and not even in that great shape. Had it been the blue vinyl copy it wouldn't have been too bad.
              A charity shop on the outskirts of Glasgow had a copy of the White Album, numbered no. 000000001 in their window priced at £4,000. A few days later an antiques dealer went in and asked what happened to it. Was sent to head office for verification, it turns out. I suspect it might have been a fake. Who'd fake the very first copy of the White Album which was more than likely owned by John Lennon????!!!!
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                The murky world of 90s VHS porn
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by ashra View Post
                  The murky world of 90s VHS porn
                  Will that be your swap CD title? If so I might sign up this year after all.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by The Divine One View Post
                    A charity shop on the outskirts of Glasgow had a copy of the White Album, numbered no. 000000001 in their window priced at £4,000. A few days later an antiques dealer went in and asked what happened to it. Was sent to head office for verification, it turns out. I suspect it might have been a fake. Who'd fake the very first copy of the White Album which was more than likely owned by John Lennon????!!!!
                    Apparently the first copy was owned by a fan in the US and auctioned earlier this year. Seems unlikely but that's what I heard somewhere. I saw Richard Hamilton on TV this year talking about how he wanted the first copy but wasn't allowed to have it.
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