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Initial post: Jun 20, 2012 9:54:21 AM PDT
RCB says:
Many moons ago I had a Verve pressing of Stan Getz's Award Winner.Fast forward to today and Im looking to buy a CD. The prices I see range anywhere from $17.00 to a whoppin $62.00.

Is this vast price difference due to a CD being a first release (like a vinyl recording would) or does someone just price it hoping to sell it for that price.

I understand first pressing LP's are priced according to condition etc.... but is it the same for certain CD's as well ??

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 12:38:08 PM PDT
Robert,
I recently queried this with one of Amazon's merchants who seemed to be a pretty savvy guy. I actually can't remember the CD in question but he was charging $35.00 for his copy when the lowest was around $8.00. To answer your question, there are certain CDs which, apparently, are produced to a significantly higher standard, sometimes at the specific request of one of the bigger retailers who has some high net worth customers who are prepared to pay more for a higher quality product.
Then there are Japanese made CDs which are very high quality and retail at around twice the price or more of their American counterpart. However, often the Japanese version is the only one out there essentially because the Japanese market has a very strong reissue program based simply on demand from Japanese collectors. Then, there are the so-called mini-LPs which are CDs that replicate the original LP sleeve with the disc looking a bit like an EP. These are also expensive and as far as I know all of those also originate in Japan.
And, of course, Amazon merchants come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some just turn over stock by pitching their prices to be deliberately lower than the opposition. Others are looking to maximize profits per unit by getting the best price that they can for stuff that is known to be rare or in demand. And now, there are a number of websites which purport to give a value to recordings and to which retailers can refer before pricing their stock.
I recently came across a very large collection of mint or unplayed LPs here in Egypt but had to walk away because the retailer wanted top whack for everything. It transpired that he had spent hours researching so-called "values" before pricing the stuff. I would have bought a hundred LPs from him had he been a trader. As it was, I didn't buy anything and have no regrets. I found a merchant in the U.K with a lot of mint stuff that I can buy for less than $7.00.
And there are a number of other retailers like him who really just want to turn over their stock. Realistically, what is the point of having stuff priced at the high end if it isn't moving? If you shop long enough on Amazon, you will find out which merchants always have competitive prices.
Don't forget also that most merchants are happy to answer any questions in respect of their stock and prices if you take the time to get in touch.

Posted on Jun 20, 2012 6:51:14 PM PDT
RCB says:
Good points Mr.P.C. When it comes to the C'D's I tend to go with MovieMar's-CD online store. They have a nice selection and shipping is reasonable. Ive had a few of the Japanese issues and once bought one of those fancy 24karat disc's. Nowadays I spend wiser.8)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 25, 2012 7:42:13 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
@Robert C. Berglund:

I can't answer the question about varying prices and quality of pressings....but..

I did make a quick check of www.half.com, www.ebay.com and http://www.amazon.com.

At half.com I found the album in question for 11.66 + shipping. At www.ebay.com I found it for 11.03 with FREE Shipping. At http://amazon.com, I found it used for 9.00 and 7.98 + shipping.

So, it is out there, relatively on the cheap. The pressing on amazon did include extra tracks.

ed.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 10:10:19 AM PDT
RCB says:
Thankx Ed...looks like I need to shop around the various web sites to find the best deal. I noticed one particular seller that sells a used CD for a higher price than the exact same CD brand new.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 10:31:44 AM PDT
E. Dill says:
@Robert C. Berglund:

It's been my experience that the best buys are usually at either www.half.com or our own http://www.amazon.com, even if you must pay shipping (usually something like 3.25). I've looked at other sites like www.gemm.com but only if I can't find something anywhere else. They are a clearing house for a lot of sellers but the prices tend to be steeper. As for half.com's parent company, www.ebay.com, bargains exist there but often you must be part of an auction which requires bidding. I used to enjoy it but I don't anymore unless it's a much bigger item. To get into multiple bids over a cd gets on my nerves now. I'd rather go to one of the used cd stores in my neck of the woods.

ed.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 10:57:31 AM PDT
RCB says:
I dont like the bid thing either. MovieMars CD's is my go to online store. Im looking at the 3disc set of Hank Mobley right now and Amazon has it for $15.46 and its $5.57 and a few bucks for shipping at MovieMars.
They also have a great selection on those reissue sets...the 8 classic recordings. I know Amazon has the free shipping if you spend $25.00 but I seem to get a better bang for my $$ at MM.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 12:54:14 PM PDT
Nitya says:
If you want to see something whack go to Jon Hassell's amazon store:

Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics $43.86
Fascinoma $57.50 (new)
Aka / Darbari / Java $49.98
Dream Theory In Malaya $39.98

I asked him why he didn't just re-releases them because there seems to be a demand. He says he is working on it.

Posted on Jun 26, 2012 6:24:14 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 26, 2012 7:17:11 PM PDT
E. Dill says:
@Robert C. Berglund:

Will check MovieMars out.

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