Notes On Records
New records are added to the Records
page every day at 7PM sharp.
Most of my customers set an alert on their phone to remind them to view the page precisely at 7 (click reload to ensure you see them all).
The first person to text they want an item is the person to get it. Often, records sell within seconds of being posted so it pays to be quick. I do not answer the phone between 6:55 and 7:15 PM because that time is dedicated to answering texts. So, if you want one of today’s records, don’t call — text!
When you say you want something, I take that as a commitment to purchase. If you later change your mind, I again make the record available for others to purchase and I promptly block your phone number, barring you from future commerce. The ban is permanent. No amount of time or effort can get you off the banned list. This means that it’s important that you read the description of the record and look at the pictures before telling me you want something.
All pressings are guaranteed to be properly ID’d with the record’s condition accurately described. If you purchase something from me and find my description inaccurate, you may return it for a full refund. I do not have time to listen to every record I sell, so things are graded visually using a light-box and spot-checked when marks are found. Occasionally, a record can have pressing issues that are not discernible to the eye. If there’s an issue with something you purchased, simply text me and let me know and we’ll arrange a return and refund. I will never knowingly sell a record with an issue without mentioning it or posting a photo of it on that record’s info page.
What is the condition of the records
Each record is accurately described on its info page. I strive to offer only issue-free records and state any problem clearly on the listing.
I am a very picky record dealer. I do not knowingly sell records with unstated issues and everything I sell is guaranteed. Though I have a professional light-box for viewing records, 99% of my repeat customers do not bother checking the shape of records they’re buying because they trust my grading.
How picky am I? I have sold tens of thousands of records since 2005 and have had less than two dozen returned due to condition. That picky.
Why don’t you use a standard grading system (VG+, etc.)
In today’s world, those terms are useless. I see things for sale all the time described as “Near mint… except for one skip” or “Cover is VG+ except for a split bottom seam,” etc. As a result, I do not use those terms.
You have a record I want. Can I trade my own records against it
I am always in the market for quality records and I do offer more in trade than I do in cash — even though I give 50% in cash! In short: I pay 50% of the resale value in cash and another 20% above that amount in trade. So, if you’re selling me a record I plan to sell for $100, you get $50 in cash or $60 in trade.
Some of your records sell very fast
. How can I increase my chances of getting titles I want
- Add my phone number to your contacts so you can text quickly. 416 556 6278.
- Check the website daily at 7 PM sharp.
- Send a brief text indicating your desired title(s) as quickly as possible.For example: “The Cure Kiss Me” or “Coltrane” are great texts. “Hey Lincoln it’s me again. That Mingus looks great and I don’t have it. Can you put it aside for me please?” is way too long. Someone beat you to the record you wanted while you were typing that out.
But how do I know if the record I want is still available
Sometimes, a record sells so fast that I do not have time to mark it sold before someone else texts me about the same title. (I mark them sold as quickly as possible). Though this is unfortunate, it’s always best to assume the record is still available unless marked Sold. If you message me, “Is record X still available?” someone else could commit to buying the record seconds later — before I’ve had a chance to respond to you — and they would get the record because your asking me if it’s still available is not a commitment on your part. Just text “I’ll take X” and if you’re too late, I’ll let you know.
Why won’t you take “Is record X still available?” as a commitment to buy
Because the majority of people who ask this question follow up with “Okay, gonna think about it,” or “Thanks — I can’t remember which pressing I have. I’ll get back to you.”
Can you make an exception to your shipping policy
Don’t you know you could make a lot more money if you shipped
I do. But I prefer a time-rich life to a money-rich one and post offices are anti-time.
I’m looking for a particular record that is not on your website
. Do you have one in the loft or can you let me know the next time you find one
That is not a service I provide. Believe me, if the record is sufficiently rare, you are not the first person to ask me for it. If I did offer a reserve service, you’d have to be put at the end of the line behind everyone who’s already asked for the same title. Offering such a service would therefore decrease your chance of getting the record.
My current system means absolutely everyone has the same opportunity to purchase my records by checking the site at 7PM each night. New customers will not lose out because of favoritism or lists.
Will you ship or keep an eye out for a particular record if I pay you a premium
Though many people have suggested this, I have an aversion to any process which exacerbates the imbalance between the haves and have-nots.
I want to buy multiple records. What kind of discount can I get
My prices are firm and fair. Some of my competitors get discounts on the used records they buy because they offer low-ball prices to sellers because they’re “taking them all”. I pay the same high 50% of resale value for every record I buy regardless of the quantity. Discounting for you is not cost-effective for me.
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