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    Well i decided to check out the local charities this afternoon and wish i hadn't bothered now. 2 of them have completely stopped displaying records since i last looked a couple of weeks ago ! but the biggest frustrator was Scope - Last time i was in there i noticed through the door of the office a girl going through the RC price guide with a pile of LP's & 45's in front of her.

    Shit ! bad news that one i thought and rather pathetic as i had bagged a £40 Dankworth LP a week or so before. Today all their LP's were £3 to £5 !!!!!!!!!&# 33; Mantovani, Gazza Glitter, Best of Bread...............all the usual landfill Tripe. But the best had to be a 12" of T-Connection's "Do what you wanna do" for £8 !

    I politely told the guy serving that they have made rather a big mistake with their pricing and that all of those records will remain in the racks for ever, amen. I was almost escorted out of the shop ! This is obviously a sore point as i could sense the vexation of the staff at being told this (probably for the 10th time today). I was then patronised to fook as i left by the same silly girl i had seen pricing 'em, trying to give it - "we know what they are worth, we have THE price guide and you won't be able to rip us off anymore, blah blah blah"

    I hasten to add i sharpened my tongue, "Fook, yer complete set of Bastards, eeerrrrrrrrrrgggggggh"

    sorry 'bout that, i just had to vent................
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  • #2
    If they're there trying to raise money for charity you can't complain too much. I've a friend who runs an oxfam shop who reckons, quite rightly, that the deserving people are not the record collectors and that getting the tenner in your pocket for a record that could sell for around that is part of her job.

    I've always cut charity shops more slack than commercial record shops. If something is probably crap but of possible interest I'll buy it a charity shop more readily.

    Though the assumption that any record is worth a fiver is gonna rebound on them in the fullness of time. And obviously asking top dollar for records covered in peanut butter is gonna make everyone feel good.
    Enthusiastic vagueness passes for scholarship in the twilight world of the disc-jockey.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by [b
      Quote[/b] (emperor tomato ketchup @ 18 July 2003,17:10)]If they're there trying to raise money for charity you can't complain too much. I've a friend who runs an oxfam shop who reckons, quite rightly, that the deserving people are not the record collectors and that getting the tenner in your pocket for a record that could sell for around that is part of her job.

      I've always cut charity shops more slack than commercial record shops. If something is probably crap but of possible interest I'll buy it a charity shop more readily.

      Though the assumption that any record is worth a fiver is gonna rebound on them in the fullness of time. And obviously asking top dollar for records covered in peanut butter is gonna make everyone feel good.
      All that granted, it's the incorrect pricing i am complaining about. I would always much rather give my money to a charity shop than a record dealer.
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      • #4
        Mmm, I can feel a similar topic raising its ugly head again... I'm with Towny on this one. I happily hand over money to charities on a regular basis, but what's galling is the wrongheaded pricing system they have (which, I guess, is as much to do with how inaccurate the RC Guide is than anything, but anyway...). I picked up a copy of Alicia Myers' I Want To Thank You from Scope in Grimsby a while ago for 50p. This is a record that goes for 10-15 quid usually. Yet, in the same shop they had stuff going for between 5-10 quid that would not move in a million years.

        I paid £8 for Holger Czukay's On The Way To The Peak Of The Normal about a month ago in Oxfam. I thought it was a fair price for it, so I paid up. I'm happy to cough up when I think the record warrants the price, but it's the gap between pricing and actual value that is irritating.
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        • #5
          Could we not come up with some sort of letter for the head offices of all the major charities pointing out these discrepencies in pricing v. value?

          I'm hardly the most knowledgeable on here, but the basic premise is that pricing everything at the book price for mint condition (regardless of RC innacuracies) just means dead stock. Collectors won't buy cos of the condition, casual music fans won't buy because of the price. Surely we could offer some sort of joint advice?

          But mebbe I'm just being naive ...
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          • #6
            For what it's worth, I was in a charity shop yesterday that had recently undergone an extensive re-fit, and as part of this has started charging 'proper' (ie, high) prices for things.
            The lady behind the counter was discussing with a customer that the place used to have a lot more customers before the new pricing policy came in (I think I heard her say they now charge two thirds of the original price - you what?!?&#33.

            So, do you charge higher prices and lose customers, or charge 'traditional' charity shop prices and get more, but risk making less money?

            This one will run and run........

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            • #7
              The mother in law is the manageress of the local Cancer research shop, and no this don't come in handy cos quite honestly she's bloody useless when it comes to records/music so unfortunately i'm not stuffed to the gills with library records and rare soul/jazz platters. the shop has also just undergone extensive refitting, and they too have changed pricing and introduced a slightly disturbing new policy, they call 'bought in goods' which means they sell new items like stationary,tacky little models/nick nacks,wrapping paper all sorts of stuff, thus reducing the second hand items. That means less records and more cd's (no) to add insult to injury they sometimes chuck unwanted stock straight in the skip!!!
              now the mother in law cannot understand this new march towards a kind of charity shop utopia, she is non plussed at the pricing structure and sleek/sanitised lines of the new shop design/layout, but understands that this 'comes from the top' and so bite's lip and carries on regardless.
              Now i warn you that this is starting to occur everywhere
              up and down this sceptered isle so keep an eye out YOUR town may be next, You can run but you cannot hide!!.
              derelicts of dialect

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              • #8
                Funnily enough, it was a Cancer Research shop I overheard that discussion in.......so this is a nationwide policy.

                Not good....not good at all.

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                • #9
                  Long live -

                  The Cat protection League
                  Sue Ryder
                  Butterwick childrens hospice

                  and all those charities that look like they are in aid of the solitary old dear who's working there.
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                  • #10
                    heh heh right on Towny bro'.
                    the good-
                    ST Catherines hospice
                    British heart foundation
                    any fookin' 'cat protection leage' or 'save the fookin' badgers' type shops (one's run by fookin' hippies that look like they eat carpet an ' aint seen a bar 'o' soap this side of crimbo&#39
                    The Childrens foundation.
                    the bad-
                    Oxfarm
                    Cancer research
                    and the just plain fookin' ugly-
                    none that spring to actually (except the shop's that smell of piss and somethin' long time dead under the floorboards-YOU know what i'm talkin' about
                    derelicts of dialect

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                    • #11
                      My local British Heart Foundation is another one that thinks it's a proper shop, and charges high prices - fortunately it's not a nationwide policy. Unusually, I've actually bought stuff from there, too!

                      A good rule of thumb is, the better produced the shop sign, the worse the prices - if it's just a bit of paper in the window, with the original shop sign still on the front, that's potentially good news.

                      The worst smelling charity shop I ever went to was in Annan in Scotland, about ten years ago - by gum, it were nasty! I'm going up that way again soon, I'll see if I can pay another visit and see if it's improved!

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                      • #12
                        Sold an LP I found for $2 for tidy sum, paying for the following originals (plus a trade):

                        Unity - "blow thru your mind" (nice EPI OG! cheap mailorder from one of you UK dealer-folk)
                        Joe boogaloo jones - "right on brother"
                        Rockers/pablo - meet king tubby in a firehouse
                        Augustus Pablo - "East of the river nile"
                        King Tubby - "Meets rockers uptown"
                        Joe Henderson - "in pursuit of blackness"

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by [b
                          Quote[/b] (handcorkscrew @ 21 July 2003,00:33)]Rockers/pablo - meet king tubby in a firehouse
                          Augustus Pablo - "East of the river nile"
                          how do these compare to LPs like meets 'original rockers' and 'java, java, java, java' ??

                          I've sighted a blood and fire Pablo comp of supposedly rare B sides, to be honest, I'm dead keen on gettin it!!

                          (also saw a stylin Augustus t shirt up on the bay not long ago too)

                          as for my weekend digs, I got going early on friday visiting Turntablelab and then ..

                          http://cgi.ebay.com/ws....AB:AU:6

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by [b
                            Quote[/b] (rolex baxter @ 21 July 2003,00:47)]how do these compare to LPs like meets 'original rockers' and 'java, java, java, java' ??

                            I've sighted a blood and fire Pablo comp of supposedly rare B sides, to be honest, I'm dead keen on gettin it!!

                            (also saw a stylin Augustus t shirt up on the bay not long ago too)

                            as for my weekend digs, I got going early on friday visiting Turntablelab and then ..
                            Nice snag on the brian brown! All those 44 label LPs are scarce, from what I hear. Would be interested to hear what it sounds like.

                            "...meets rockers in a firehouse" is probably my fave of the three I got, it was produced after "rockers uptown"... my copy's on "yard". From 1980 but sounds very classic, sound quality is ace too, I've some shoddy dub repressings that should be outlawed. Shouldn't be too hard to track one down.

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                            • #15
                              ta, will note it down .. I also have the 'this is' augustus LP from early 70's (maybe his first LP) .. great tunes

                              yeah I was pretty chuffed about the Brian Brown - from where I sit at me day job (ie right now) I look out over the whole suburb of Carlton so its kinda small world like to scoop that up. No problems visualising that cover picture of the tram ricketty roling along unaided!

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