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Any luck haggling in stores?
10 September 2013
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trcanberra
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Firstly I need to admit I am awful at it – even when on holiday on countries where it is common.

What I am wondering is – has anyone had success on negotiating prices on a CD in a record or electronics store?  One of the local stores has had a copy of Ringo's 'Liverpool 8' on the shelves since release, at a price which reflects the exchange rate back then – it is currently listed at A$28, while the last couple of his albums are A$20.  As some of you know I like to support the local 'bricks and mortar' as much as possible, but this price is just a touch too high even for me.  I was thinking of offering them 20 as they are not very likely to have anyone else want to buy it anytime this century (if I could muster the courage :)   )

So, I was wondering what experiences some of you have had with trying this sort of thing?

Oh, I also just bought 'Chaos and Creation' from them for A$27, also overpriced, which got me thinking about this.

10 September 2013
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I did a few years back. I had received a large inheritance following the sale of my grandparents house after we sadly lost Nana. I got a bit nutty with it, deciding I would spend my share on things I wanted rather than needed. Bad Mark, slap wrists. Anyway, regular trips to HMV where I would spend hundreds in a go, and I always used to say, "I can probably get this lot cheaper on line if I bothered to look, and I'm paying in cash, what's the best you can do?" I always got at least 10% off, and the best I did was the HMV in Bromley, where there took a £749 bill down to £427! You never know unless you ask!

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10 September 2013
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Anyone who pays $27 for a CD in 2013 is absolutely nuts.  You can find 'Liverpool 8' on eBay with bids starting at one cent. 

I ran a record store for 8 years.  Catalogue CDs get marked up quite a bit from their actual cost.  Most chains will knock a couple of dollars off and still make a good profit.  But you might want to think about how many times you're going to spin that album.  I'm going to guess not very much.

 

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10 September 2013
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SatanHimself said
Anyone who pays $27 for a CD in 2013 is absolutely nuts.  You can find 'Liverpool 8' on eBay with bids starting at one cent. 

I ran a record store for 8 years.  Catalogue CDs get marked up quite a bit from their actual cost.  Most chains will knock a couple of dollars off and still make a good profit.  But you might want to think about how many times you're going to spin that album.  I'm going to guess not very much.

 

Thanks – I have had a number of unfortunate ebay experiences and now avoid them like the plague.

I may also be nuts – but as noted I like to support actual stores (one sign of my nuttiness is that I have real problems with delayed gratification – I HATE waiting for the mail).  Good point about the number of spins – but it doesn't take into account the satisfaction of looking at groaning shelves – see – told you I was nuts :)

 

10 September 2013
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You're paying import prices, right? That would explain the high prices, plus you'd still have to pay for shipping to AUS with ebay. I wish you luck with the haggling. I hate it.

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10 September 2013
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parlance said
You're paying import prices, right? That would explain the high prices, plus you'd still have to pay for shipping to AUS with ebay. I wish you luck with the haggling. I hate it.

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Yes, mostly imports, and as you note postage costs complicate prices. I tend to save up big Amazon wishlists but marketplace shipping is per separate item and prohibitive. 

10 September 2013
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Just think to yourself that you're not actually doing anything wrong, you're perfectly within your rights, so why feel worried about it? I've done it, and had money off stuff. Just don't think about it too much, and you'll be fine :D

As said before, how many times are you going to play this CD anyway?

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10 September 2013
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I'm generally happy to pay prices if it's going towards an independent record shop/seller. I snapped up Please Please Me for £12 and Abbey Road for £10 (all good condition records).

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10 September 2013
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fabfouremily said

As said before, how many times are you going to play this CD anyway?

I hate to have to reiterate this, but I spent years wasting money on records, cassettes, CDs and DVDs that I liked the *idea* of owning, but never actually enjoyed.  So I speak from wisdom when I say that this album is NOT worth spending that much money on.

I don't often tell people this sort of thing, but you can find this entire album on YouTube.  Listen to it there for free.  I guarantee that if you buy this CD, you'll end up giving it away, throwing it in the garbage or selling it for a dollar sometime in the future.

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10 September 2013
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Borrow/order it from the library and burn it on your computer. To pay $27 (or £17.21) is far too much for a cd that might not be played that much. Save the money and buy something that you actually will use, there is tons of new Beatles related stuff coming out over the next few months the would be better value.

As for haggling its something I wouldn't do unless in an Antique shop, I rarely pay full price for cds either ordering them off the net at a reduced price or waiting for an offer somewhere. I think the last cd I have paid full wack for was the McCartney II uber-deluxe download off Pauls website due to the bonus bonus material (something that has been removed from the subsequent online Archive releases).

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10 September 2013
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Thanks again all – words of wisdom much appreciated, especially re potential upcoming releases I should be saving for, given my current 'between jobs' status.

 

Love this forum *wave*

 

[EDIT]  OK – well, I've taken the advice to heart and decided to give ebay one more go.  'Flowers in the Dirt' and 'Flaming Pie' hopefully on the way for less than the Ringo CD would have been (yes, I noticed I switched Beatle on you there :)   )

[EDIT2] Add the "Free As A Bird" EP to the list – had to get the Christmas track and the crazy cover.

16 September 2013
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The other week I found a really cool record/CD shop, and (even better) it had loads of Beatles stuff in it! There was also a big John poster from about 64. I got With the Beatles a-hard-days-night-john-1I spent about half an hour in there.

 

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16 September 2013
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^ Only half an hour in a record shop? I've spent entire afternoon's in them! :D

Welcome, by the way, PaperCup. If you want to, you can introduce yourself here: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo…..88/#p82499

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

16 September 2013
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fabfouremily said
^ Only half an hour in a record shop? I've spent entire afternoon's in them! :D

Welcome, by the way, PaperCup. If you want to, you can introduce yourself here: http://www.beatlesbible.com/fo…..88/#p82499

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When I have extra money to spend I go to a local record shop in the next town. It is the only record shop or least that I know about on the coast. There use to be Sound Shop at our local malls and one them had records, unfortunately they closed to the economy and people buy itunes. Anyways, I sometimes haggle the guy at the record shop. One time I didn't even haggle him & it was an original White Album. I kept looking at it with envy, so one day I asked him how much was it. He replied "How much do you think?" I was thinking in my head "Probably, a hell of a lot more then I can afford."  So, I asked "How much you would sell it for?". "$25", he said. I was stunned.  Grant it is not in the best condition, but it plays good and still looks good. 

 

17 September 2013
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trcanberra said

SatanHimself said
Anyone who pays $27 for a CD in 2013 is absolutely nuts.  You can find 'Liverpool 8' on eBay with bids starting at one cent. 

I ran a record store for 8 years.  Catalogue CDs get marked up quite a bit from their actual cost.  Most chains will knock a couple of dollars off and still make a good profit.  But you might want to think about how many times you're going to spin that album.  I'm going to guess not very much.

 

Thanks – I have had a number of unfortunate ebay experiences and now avoid them like the plague.

I may also be nuts – but as noted I like to support actual stores (one sign of my nuttiness is that I have real problems with delayed gratification – I HATE waiting for the mail).  Good point about the number of spins – but it doesn't take into account the satisfaction of looking at groaning shelves – see – told you I was nuts :)

 

I am left with Ebay as my sole choice as Amazon ship doesn't ship to my country. My country is notorious for its outrageous and incredibly long customs process (A stylus from South Korea took 2 weeks to arrive on EXPRESS!) . Luckily I've lost nothing yet. I already got a couple of records, turntables, cartridges you name it from Ebay. The trick is you have to pay with a credit card using Paypal. Ebay is owned by Paypal or vice versa I don't remember. If the item doesn't arrive within 45 days you could file a refund and you can settle it with the seller. 

You also have to see the seller's credentials and reviews plus the refund policies.

EDIT: Seeing as you are in Australia it's a bit harder to find free shipping using Ebay. I am not sure if there's an Amazon station Australia though.

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17 September 2013
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You lucky thing, sky, getting that for $25. What's the number on it? I don't know what the current exchange rate is but I'd say that is about 16-18 quid. Wow.

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17 September 2013
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The serial number is 0881710

17 September 2013
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€18 for an original White Album!! :O  You get the remasters here for €24+ Does it have the original poster and pictures in it?

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17 September 2013
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AppleScruffJunior said
€18 for an original White Album!! :O  You get the remasters here for €24+ Does it have the original poster and pictures in it?

Yes

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My husband also bought me original Sgt Pepper there too for the same price. Its in even better condition than White Album

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