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  1. On 7/10/2021 at 7:49 PM, unknown pleasures said:

    In my experience I think this actually works the other way because the lower priced copies (missing covers, water damaged, otherwise unplayable) set a “floor” people look at and also drop the average.

     

    I guess it goes both ways, though; probably for rarer releases the price is inflated by the “low/average/high” history and for more common releases it hurts prices.

    Yeah I think it's an effective system for older / more common releases (which is probably what  they had in mind when it was introduced) but in the last few years it's been problematic with the whole limited variant boom.

     

    On 7/11/2021 at 12:39 AM, MCDELTAT said:

    FYI for anyone that didn't know, you can also look at a graph of all the sale prices over time on Discogs if you click on more details. Then you can get other information like, "Oh this used to be expensive, but a repress happened and now I shouldn't pay more than $40".

    Unfortunately I think a lot of people don't know about this, or don't bother checking... I've seen so many sale histories where one copy—maybe because it's autographed, sealed, or just bought by someone with too much $$$—goes for a crazy price, then the next several sales are way higher even though they're just ordinary copies. Especially for newer limited releases, where maybe 10 or less copies are listed, one outlier sale can really shake up the whole market

     

    I've heard stories of some people selling records to themselves for crazy amounts to bring up the highest price (and median), but I don't know how much truth there is to that. You'd still have to pay fees of course

  2. In addition to supply and demand being the main culprit, Discogs creates an additional price hike on a lot of records by showing the pricing history as just 3 numbers on each release page.

     

    Often one copy of a record will sell for above the 'going rate'—maybe because no other copies are available, or because of a lack of availability in a certain country, or even because of an autograph. This changes the "highest" sale price on the Discogs page, and unfortunately, most sellers see this as a marker of what the record can sell for. Suddenly every copy is listed higher, and a few sales later, the median price goes up too.

     

    This is less common with other resale sites, even eBay, because rather than one sale being an obvious outlier (as it would be when scrolling through sold eBay listings), one highest Discogs sale can reframe the whole price bracket for a record. And the relationship between Discogs and the 'hobby' of record collection is pretty unique—it is basically the bible of pressings and resale value, the one place pretty much everyone consults.

  3. 5 hours ago, timsimmons said:

    But they also added more tracks. That can’t be a typo. 

    Wow, you're right. Totally missed that. Original was 45 rpm, this must be a 33.

     

    Looks like no new tracks for 10 Day, even though it was the same format as Acid rap. Wonder if the jacket and runouts will be identical to the old one

  4. I agree that 180g is usually the culprit and is totally unnecessary, but also hate the shoddy jacket quality we see so much, especially on albums that retail for $25-30.

    I know it's unfair to compare pressing quality to the '60s and '70s when vinyl production was at its peak, but I don't see an excuse for why record jackets have to be made of so much shittier materials than was mainstream 50 years ago. It's just paper stock.

  5. 11 hours ago, MyEnemy said:

    No this place is filled with 32 year male troglodytes that got into collecting records after the second pressing of The Devil And God... 

    Had a laugh at this one. One of the worst condition sealed records I've ended up with was Science Fiction– opened it up to find the top of the gatefold was split from corner to almost the middle of the cover, the edges were all peeling up a little, and the shrink had torn, leaving the back scuffed. Inner sleeve seam splits all around, of course.

     

    And I bought that one in-store! Just happened to be the last copy and I didn't catch the giant split on the top of the cover before i checked out. All because they stuffed some giant idiotic poster in there with the record.

     

    Oh well. Guess it proves that it's not only a symptom of buying online, but hey, still got the damn thing and it sounds fine. I roll my eyes when I see the giant cover split, but I just get used to things like that being a part of my personal copy of the album. If it was a playback flaw, though, it'd be a different story

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