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Postby vinyl master » 06 Oct 2017 08:38

Now, don't get me wrong...I've spent $40, maybe $50 at the most on a record, but that's it...Most of the records I've purchased have been cheap records from the dollar bins, or online, where I look at the "lowest price" on Discogs or something. I've bought cheap records in thrift stores, antique malls and record shops and I think I've gotten more out of them than spending fifty times as much on a reissue of just of one of the albums I've bought...In fact, I recently picked up a copy of Cream's Greatest Hits, an Average White Band record and the 2-record set of The Beatles' White Album (original Apple in Stereo) at a local thrift store for 50 cents a piece...While not exactly perfect, definitely playable and I couldn't pass them up for 50 cents...I actually love going into thrift stores and spending hours going through their record stacks...It's a fun exercise that I really enjoy! I also get a kick out of buying 20 records at $1.00 apiece from someone on the Internet and saving on the shipping even more so than buying that ONE record for $20.00, even though I have found some great records that way, too...And so far, I have tried not to buy anything less than VG+ copies...If it's rare, I might accept a VG copy or sometimes, I will buy a VG+ or NM record with a less than stellar sleeve, just for the music...I have mentioned some of my favorite dollar finds on various threads in the past, but maybe you guys could add some of your favorite picks to this thread...The kicker is that they have to have cost $1.00-2.00 or less...I got the inspiration for this thread by seeing this guy describe why he buys "on the cheap"...



So what are your thoughts on "budget record collecting", guys? :-k

What have been your favorite finds so far for under a dollar or two? :-k
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby Tinkaroo » 06 Oct 2017 10:20

Over the years I've managed to collect hundreds of excellent records for a dollar or two apiece.

Yard sales where people are downsizing often yield some underplayed treasures, and some people are actually surprised "anyone still plays these things". Last summer at one such yard sale the guy had a lot of pristine 70's LPs and I passed on some I already had such as Rumors by Fleetwood Mac and Bat Out and Hell by Meatloaf.

A number of years ago a guy was selling off his records at a dollar apiece since he'd goe digital. I picked up Paul McCartney's first two albums and some Youngblood's LPs that were well kept and hardly played at all.

Some record stores even have one or two dollar bins where you can often find treasures.
Here are just a few I got in great shape for $2 apiece just recently at a record store.:

Al Stewart-Past,Present and Future
The Fifth Dimension-Portrait
Rosanne Cash-Kings Record Shop
Pete Fountain and Brenda Lee-Brenda and Pete
Walter Egan-Not Shy
Linda Ronstadt-For Sentimental Reasons
Kim Carnes-Mistaken Identity
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby tobyKenobi » 06 Oct 2017 11:50

Agree what you've said here. I love going through the "£3 or less" crates that are at record fairs. There used to be a lot of "£1 or less" boxes but these have become rarer as vinyl has become "cool" again.

Like you, I'll pick something up on Discogs for a reasonable price - although experience has taught me to not go any less than NM or VG+ on grading of the disc.

Notable finds? A few years ago I managed to pick up an original pressing of New Order's "Power Corruption & Lies" in a charity shop for 50p. Again, the charity shops have got wise and pass on their good stuff to specialist shops. So, unless you're into James Last and his Orchestra.

Once found a record shop selling off a load of jazz (including a bunch of Blue Notes) for a couple of pounds each.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby Kurt45 » 06 Oct 2017 13:25

Like in the video, I collect almost exclusively from the thrift shop and from $1 bins at LP stores. I take a chance on a lot of records because they are only $1, and I've discovered a lot of music that I wouldn't have if it had been priced at $5 or more.

Our Salvation Army raised their prices from 99¢ to $1.99 last year, and that has slowed down my collecting a bit. At $2, I tend to think twice, especially when I'm holding a stack of records and looking at spend $50-60. I look things up on my phone in the store to find out more about them.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby Tinkaroo » 06 Oct 2017 13:42

Kurt45 wrote:Like in the video, I collect almost exclusively from the thrift shop and from $1 bins at LP stores. I take a chance on a lot of records because they are only $1, and I've discovered a lot of music that I wouldn't have if it had been priced at $5 or more.

Our Salvation Army raised their prices from 99¢ to $1.99 last year, and that has slowed down my collecting a bit. At $2, I tend to think twice, especially when I'm holding a stack of records and looking at spend $50-60. I look things up on my phone in the store to find out more about them.


Unfortunately most of the records at places like the Salvation Army are in such poor shape they may not be worth even looking at for 2 dollars apiece. They are kind of shooting themselves in the foot.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby Kurt45 » 06 Oct 2017 14:33

Tinkaroo wrote:Unfortunately most of the records at places like the Salvation Army are in such poor shape they may not be worth even looking at for 2 dollars apiece. They are kind of shooting themselves in the foot.


This hasn't been the case at my local SA. I've gotten hundreds of great LPs there over the past five years or so. The manager told me that she requests records because she has a lot of customers who buy them, so they direct more LPs to her store, so maybe because the volume/changeover is pretty fast, I'm able to get a lot of great records. Not sure if they do any vetting at the store or at the donation centers.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby AceDeuce73 » 06 Oct 2017 19:29

The better part of what I have now is in the category of cheap thrills, gotten from thrift stores for roughly $1 each. Nothing spectacular, but worth listening to and mostly in VG or better condition(I tend to be picky and pass on lesser). Others have come from a local record shop that tends to overprice their used offerings based on name only, but can bafflingly have better copies of the same records in their under-table bins for $5(or 2 for 5 on Tuesdays). Then there are those that are recent pressings, purchased at full retail price. Some are old favorites that tend to be hard to find used without being overpriced as mentioned earlier.

I would love if thrift stores in my area had enough records to require hours to look through. A few minutes at most, and that on the rare times they have anything. Goodwill has been a good source, with prices of $1 in general, but lately have been pricing higher than that at times. Found a nice Onkyo CP-1057F table for $50 there, so I tend to swing by as often as I can. Salvation Army is more hit and miss, with a few bins of the same unwanted easy-listening, Christmas and other records sitting for months. Never seen a single bit of audio gear at all. Maybe the good stuff never makes it out of the back out to their floor.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby billshurv » 06 Oct 2017 22:43

I've said it before, but I miss the days when half price books had albums for 50c.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby audiopile » 06 Oct 2017 23:37

SWMBO'd bitterly regrets ever mentioning that they had used records at GWD, I can be very adventursome (or is it indiscriminate?)at.99 cents each. One of the rare cases of positive comment from her on audio gear was in favor of the Sweet Vinyl SC-1 I recently added - she would probably remove her own tongue if she realized this means I am now more willing to try out good music on really lousy condition records :-) .
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby E41877 » 07 Oct 2017 04:58

I also enjoy budget record collecting at garage/yard/estate sales. I usually don't pay more than $1 each for these. I've been collecting for almost 40 years since I was a boy. I've found plenty of gems including rare and expensive records. I sometimes buy records from eBay and Discogs, but usually don't spend more than $100. I prefer looking at garage/yard sales because you never know what you might find. It's the thrill of the hunt. I've been very lucky as I score almost every weekend. There are always sales in Texas as we have nice weather all year long. It would literally take hundreds of posts on here to list what I've found over the years. My wife says I'm a record hoarder. :lol:
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby vinyl master » 07 Oct 2017 06:44

Great replies, guys...Keep 'em coming! It's good to know I am NOT in the minority here...All of those Pathe records and 78's I recently picked up were 50 cents a piece, too...And like you, Tink, I also recently picked up some nice copies of "Fundamental Roll" and "Not Shy" from Walter Egan. Under $2.00 each, too! If any of you guys are Fleetwood Mac fans, you'll be glad to know that Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks make appearances on these records! Other albums I've picked up lately for under $2.00 each include Seals & Crofts' "Unborn Child" and the whole of Patti LaBelle's 70's output ("Patti LaBelle", "Tasty", "Released", "Alright With Me", "Nightbirds", etc.). Got a 99 cent CD of New Order's "Substance", too! It's fun, too, to buy from sellers who might not know what they got or just sell their records generally at a reasonable price...I've also scored some cheap deals at my favorite new record shop (The 2nd & Charles bookstore I mentioned on a previous thread)...Picked up an album by Lenny White & Twennynine for $3.00...If you guys are George Clinton fans or if you dig George Duke's "Dukey Stick", it's a funk smorgasbord!



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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby vinyl master » 07 Oct 2017 07:14

AceDeuce73 wrote:
I would love if thrift stores in my area had enough records to require hours to look through. A few minutes at most, and that on the rare times they have anything. Goodwill has been a good source, with prices of $1 in general, but lately have been pricing higher than that at times. Found a nice Onkyo CP-1057F table for $50 there, so I tend to swing by as often as I can. Salvation Army is more hit and miss, with a few bins of the same unwanted easy-listening, Christmas and other records sitting for months. Never seen a single bit of audio gear at all. Maybe the good stuff never makes it out of the back out to their floor.


You might also want to consider making an annual expedition out to one of your local record shows, like this one, AceDeuce73...

https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/em ... 33049.html

Ever been here, too?

https://www.facebook.com/Dynamite-Recor ... /?ref=py_c
https://local.yahoo.com/info-19329888-m ... ISHR:B4693
https://local.yahoo.com/info-141542004- ... ISHR:B4693
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby E41877 » 07 Oct 2017 15:08

We always have record shows in Texas. That one is Austin is one of the largest in the country. I used to attend them all, but haven't in recent years. You don't find great deals anymore as they are all record dealers who sell their stuff at retail or more. The dollar bins all have junk. IMO this isn't the place to go for budget records anymore. The same can be said about local record stores.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby AceDeuce73 » 08 Oct 2017 19:29

vinyl master wrote:You might also want to consider making an annual expedition out to one of your local record shows, like this one, AceDeuce73...

https://corpuschristi.craigslist.org/em ... 33049.html

Ever been here, too?

https://www.facebook.com/Dynamite-Recor ... /?ref=py_c
https://local.yahoo.com/info-19329888-m ... ISHR:B4693
https://local.yahoo.com/info-141542004- ... ISHR:B4693


I don't get to run very far from the Rio Grande Valley, and when I do it is usually up to Austin. Started going to the Record Convention there back in the 80s and started working the show for a dealer I befriended there in the 90s. Haven't been to the show since I moved from their in 2005.

Haven't been to Meme's personally but never heard word that they had anything other than CDs and whatnot. Dynamite never has much a selection of anything other than CDs and DVDs from my visits there. Valley Vinyls (sic) is the shop I mentioned in my previous post that overprices records based on name with no consideration for condition, asking the same price ($25, really?) for a beat to hell copy of a Van Halen album(for example) as a good or better copy.
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Re: Budget record collecting

Postby Progman2112 » 08 Oct 2017 22:34

Ive always looked for records and deals on records everywhere they can be found.Here's one i bought on ebay last night,Quicksilver Messenger Service Live in San Jose 1966,brand new double live album for $5.43 free shipping,smokn deal!
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