Monday, September 3, 2007

But Those Old LPs and Cassette Tapes Might Be Worth Something!

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Do you have music and videos in a variety of formats - too much, perhaps? Rasputin Music might help.

1. If you happen to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can sell at any of their ten locations during all store hours.

2. If you wonder if your collection is worth something, check out their buying information for some great rules of thumb. What's popular in this area might not match what's popular in your area, so just take this as one data point.

A few excerpts:

. . . there are some CDs where there’s way more people trying to sell them than people who want to buy them, so regardless of list price, the used offer is much lower. Artists that fall into this category might include Blackstreet, N*Sync, Britney Spears, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, later Boston, Neil Diamond, or Kenny G. People don’t want these things anymore, so we have a hard time selling them, and consequently we can’t pay you much for them.

Regarding laserdiscs:

- The good news is that we still buy laserdiscs for the extremely small market that‘s left.

- The bad news is that you’d have gotten a lot more money for your laserdiscs if you’d had sold them a few years ago.

- WARNING: we predict that one year from now your laserdiscs will be worth exactly as much as your eight track collection. (sorry, we didn’t invent DVDs)

[Thanks to reader Gigi for the tip.]


Lena Baisden said...

Even if your old LPs or cassette tapes aren't worth anything in currency, they could be priceless in sentiment. If so, you can keep them alive and kickin in the digital age by converting them to CDs or MP3s - which is what we do at Reclaim Media. It's cheaper, easier and faster than you'd think (and it's one of the coolest companies ever ever).

Jeri Dansky said...

Certainly, you might want the music in another format. In the interests of providing my readers with multiple options:

For do-it-yourself conversion options, see my earlier post that touched on this topic.

I've mentioned ways to convert cassettes, including some companies that convert cassettes to CDs or MP3 format, and at least one of those, AVConvert, does LP conversion too.

And Record Rescuers is another option.

Anonymous said...

I have multiple cassette tapes and i am wondring if they r worht anything.....

Jeri Dansky said...

Anonymous, I can tell you what Rasputin Music says: "Almost all cassettes are probably only worth 5-25 cents." There are a few worth about $2.

Rasputin also says: "WARNING: Cassettes are dropping in resale value rapidly, and we probably won't even buy them a year from now."