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Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

Old 08-28-19, 09:11 AM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

Originally Posted by morriscroy View Post
Very easy.

Check what prices they are fetching on amazon and ebay. The higher the asking price, the more rare and/or out-of-print and/or desirable a particular cd title is.
I wouldn't go by Amazon for that. Only "approved" sellers can sell certain CDs on Amazon (depending on the record company). Those sellers have in turn taken advantage of that and have jacked up the prices on some of them. Check eBay first.
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Old 08-28-19, 10:23 AM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

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anyone out there sell off their CDs and know a decent place to offload them or how to tell what out of print CDs are valuable? I have over 600 of them, maybe closer to 1000 and they have mainly sat in a box in my basement collecting dust for a few years as its all been ripped to digital ages ago...
Discogs for the win! Best place to check to see what discs are going for and their historical selling prices, and it's easy to sell there too. Just gotta make sure you are looking at the right version of the disc (might have to check matrix numbers, etc.). There is really no better place for stuff like this.
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Old 08-28-19, 12:27 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

Seconding discogs.com.
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Old 08-28-19, 02:30 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

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Discogs for the win! Best place to check to see what discs are going for and their historical selling prices, and it's easy to sell there too. Just gotta make sure you are looking at the right version of the disc (might have to check matrix numbers, etc.). There is really no better place for stuff like this.
Also, Discogs app works with bar-code readers too. Just scan your bar-code into the app, and that version should pull up.

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Old 08-28-19, 02:48 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

thanks guys!
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Old 08-30-19, 10:49 AM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

New Tool CD (a $40 single CD I might add) sold out everywhere... I thought people stopped buying CDs?
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Old 08-30-19, 11:25 AM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

$40 for a CD? Damn, I'm used to paying sub $10 these days, unless it's some fancy digipack version with bonus stuff or something.


I'm upgrading my system and was wondering if anyone has recommendations for a good dedicated CD player? A nice solid, good quality one that's quiet (e.g. no spinning sounds, high pitched whining noise, etc.) and sounds nice. Right now I'm using an old Yamaha DVD player that's starting to die on me, and I don't want to use some cheap plastic Blu-ray player to play CDs on if I can avoid it.
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Old 08-30-19, 12:37 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

Originally Posted by slop101 View Post
New Tool CD (a $40 single CD I might add) sold out everywhere... I thought people stopped buying CDs?
All this means is either Tool fans are still buying Tool cds in large enough quantities, and/or Tool's record company didn't manufacture enough copies relative to demand.

It might not generalize to fans of other bands/acts.
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Old 08-30-19, 12:50 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

You guys need to see an unboxing video of the Tool album (there’s plenty of varying length on youtube). It’s not $40 just for a cd. It has a video screen with charging cable and a book full of art.
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Old 08-30-19, 01:08 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

Originally Posted by cultshock View Post
$40 for a CD? Damn, I'm used to paying sub $10 these days, unless it's some fancy digipack version with bonus stuff or something.


I'm upgrading my system and was wondering if anyone has recommendations for a good dedicated CD player? A nice solid, good quality one that's quiet (e.g. no spinning sounds, high pitched whining noise, etc.) and sounds nice. Right now I'm using an old Yamaha DVD player that's starting to die on me, and I don't want to use some cheap plastic Blu-ray player to play CDs on if I can avoid it.
I bought a used Rotel RCD-1072 about 5 years ago.

It's been extremely reliable, and pretty quiet. If I put my head right up to it, I can hear it spinning, but certainly not under normal listening conditions.

I'm definitely happy with the sound.

This is a picture of the same model:


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Old 08-30-19, 01:32 PM
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Anyone ever tried using an old laptop to play *.wav files, connected to a standalone stereo?
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Old 08-30-19, 03:45 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

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$40 for a CD? Damn, I'm used to paying sub $10 these days, unless it's some fancy digipack version with bonus stuff or something.


I'm upgrading my system and was wondering if anyone has recommendations for a good dedicated CD player? A nice solid, good quality one that's quiet (e.g. no spinning sounds, high pitched whining noise, etc.) and sounds nice. Right now I'm using an old Yamaha DVD player that's starting to die on me, and I don't want to use some cheap plastic Blu-ray player to play CDs on if I can avoid it.
It's a digipack with rechargeable HD screen, art book and some other goofy stuff that I also felt I should have.



It's novel, plus it's currently the only physical release available.

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Old 09-01-19, 10:57 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

Cool package, that's the kind of thing that will keep people buying CDs. Too bad the disc itself doesn't seem very special (not a big fan of the band), should include a multi-channel sound mix or something.
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Old 09-01-19, 11:13 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

I donít really care about Tool as a band but have to admit that is a pretty cool gimmick package.
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

I've largely stopped buying CDs. Moving boxes and boxes of them into a new apartment a couple of years ago sealed the deal. Spotify Premium is good enough for me now. I fill the gaps with mp3s I've bought or ripped.

Every year I make a Christmas mix for friends and family. It's fun to do and people seem to appreciate it. I've been making them since 1999. About 2 years ago I pretty much stopped burning CDs, steering everyone towards the Spotify playlist and downloadable mp3s. I'll still burn CDs for a handful of older family members and luddite friends. That's saved me a ton of work and shipping costs.

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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

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I donít really care about Tool as a band but have to admit that is a pretty cool gimmick package.
I'm sure some people will enjoy displaying it. Personally, I find it to be much like their last packaging with the stereoscopic lenses; cool for a little while, and then never looked at again. I've got several of these kinds of releases from various bands, and today I have no use for them. It would be nice if bands would put the artwork and liner notes up online, so I could look through them while listening to a digital release.
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

I walked around Target for about an hour last night (shopping with the family) with the Tool disc in my hands. I bailed at checkout. Couldn't justify $40 for a single album.
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Old 09-03-19, 06:34 AM
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I walked around Target for about an hour last night (shopping with the family) with the Tool disc in my hands. I bailed at checkout. Couldn't justify $40 for a single album.
think of the aftermarket price on ebay you would have got....
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Old 09-04-19, 11:09 PM
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Tool is the only band I had a full collection for so I figured I'd may as well keep the collection complete. At this rate they'll have at most one more record.

It's definitely a cool package, I'm very curious what they'll do for the vinyl. The album was an improvement over their last one but it's still not the same band I loved back a couple decades ago.

CDs as collectibles sets (like this one) and concert freebies (+1 for every ticket) will keep the format alive for a while. I went a decade without buying/getting a CD and wound up buying Fear Inoculum and getting a free Vampire Weekend disc from the concert in the same month.

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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

The 2016 Mazda 6 I just bought happened to have a CD player. I celebrated by ordering about 20 CDs on ebay for ~2.50 each.
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Old 09-07-19, 03:55 PM
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Re: Have you officially stopped buying compact discs?

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New Tool CD (a $40 single CD I might add) sold out everywhere... I thought people stopped buying CDs?
The major labels are severely cutting production numbers on CD - many new CD releases sell out their first shipment within a week of release these days. Then it takes weeks for the CD to ever come back in stock. The labels are doing everything in their power to move customers over to streaming services, including cutting back on CD releases.

The new Creedeence Clearwater Woodstock CD, their first major new release in decades, has been more or less sold out on CD since release day. I had to import it from Europe because they were the only retailers with copies for weeks.

I'll give people here a little advice if they still can use CDs - go on eBay and check CD lot auctions. People are dumping their entire collections of CDs for pennies on the dollars. I just picked up 50 fairly decent Rock and Pop CDs for $22 shipped.
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I just preordered this for $100, physical media all the way. Oh yeah, I probably won't wear the mask or hands...or I might.

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