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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby Donovan » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:48 am

JB, that's a good one. Also -

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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby ephteeay » Wed Aug 14, 2013 5:30 am

jb welda wrote:well personally, I wish "the rich" would notice my auctions of vintage vinyl on ebay. then maybe someone would bid more than 2.99 for a record I shelled out 10$ for!


Why don't you post a link to your auctions / your seller name in the sales section ? If something's worth more than 2.99, you'll have more chances of someone paying it !
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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby Apostle » Wed Aug 14, 2013 6:23 am

yms wrote:Is this not becoming an issue with vinyl in general?


Yes it is. I've also seen new releases of jazz LP's for more than 40-50 euros and you know what? Nobody buys them. You will always have 'exclusive editions' and all that to ask for higher prices. And it's true that vinyl prices are mich higher today than they once were.
Reasons for that have exhaustively been discussed here in previous threads. Call me old-fashioned but I don't see the need to start calling each other right wing because somebody saw an overpriced Japanese 7 inch on the Dubvendor website.
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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby Jack Johnson » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:38 am

:D I'm calling him right wing because he is right wing not because of any record business :!:
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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby Jack Johnson » Wed Aug 14, 2013 10:38 am

...i don't like right wing people. no apology for that... EVER!
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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby mikus » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:18 am

Japanese imports have always been very expensive in the UK, whatever the genre.
And although money is tight for lots of people and mp3s only cost £1 and free downloads abound, IIRC a 12inch was £5 in 1991, which considering its 22 years later havent gone up that much in price.
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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby Ringo » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:28 pm

Interesting point, years I ago I did a thread using an inflation calculator to work out the relative price of singles, it was quite a surprise.

Here we go: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/bills/article-1633409/Historic-inflation-calculator-value-money-changed-1900.html

So in 1976 a new single from Dub Vendor's stall would have cost (I believe) £1. That is now £6.10.

For many years the price was fixed at £3, but lately its shot up to between £5 and £9 for a new release. We're still paying roughly the same as we were then, relatively, and for years we were paying much less. Any way you look at it £18 is a lot of money to be asking for a 7" though, high production/import costs or not.

12" discomixes were £3 in the 70's, and £5 seems right from memory for 1991. In relative terms today that £3 would be a wopping £18.31, so we're getting a bargain at £9 a shot :D

How many of those could you have afforded at £18 per week? Not many :)
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Postby Ringo » Wed Aug 14, 2013 12:32 pm

I remember LPs being £5, can't remember if that was 70's or early 80's. In today's money that is £30.52 :shock:
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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby jb welda » Wed Aug 14, 2013 4:28 pm

>Why don't you post a link to your auctions / your seller name in the sales section ? If something's worth more than
>2.99, you'll have more chances of someone paying it !User avatar

I didn't say they were WORTH more than 2.99, but actual "worth" is rarely a problem for "the rich". that's why you want them bidding on your auctions, and hopefully against each other.

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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby kingj » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:02 pm

I remember finding this record store here in the states in 1986.....had a killlller reggae section , I kept going back. I remember buying wolfs and leopards on joe gibbs lable there and paying $7.99..shrink wrapped, but I passed on the I roy crisus time lp because it had an "import" price of $10.99 on it!!! At that time I thought that was ridiculous..and I didn't know a ton about my fav dj then...anyhow..
I remember going back less than a month later..Crisus time- gone....Regretted not getting it , and didn't get it for a long while afterwards!!
10.99 to me, is about what a new lp should cost today. Unfortunately, vinyl has been replaced..NEVER thought it would end the way it did.
Went back to that same store a couple yrs later around 89, 90- nothing but a few hip hop 12" and wall to wall cds ...for 18 bucks a pop!!
I know im a little off on the subject , but yes I think the best records, will be bought,taken,had, by the wealthiest of our ilk! But it isn't really unlike anything else....if u want it...u gotta pay for it!!
I shelled out big peanuts for a few items, but now I rarely will. I have my limits.
I wait for the repress in the meantime!
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Postby Baba Jonah » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:20 pm

My current favorite tune I got for free, and I'm not rich by Chelsea standards lol
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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby Mark T » Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:49 pm

I was thinking along the same lines as Ringo that in real terms reggae vinyl is cheaper today. In 1979 I was paying 3.99 pounds for a Ja 12". That was almost half a day's work at my Saturday job. Today, if I was working at my local minimum wage of $10.25 I would be able to afford 6-8 new 12" at Ernie B prices. There are also plenty or LPs around the $10.99 price.

Vintage records that are valued by the reggae community can indeed be a lot more expensive but even then, sought after reggae vinyl goes for peanuts compared to jazz and more mainstream rarities. That said, I don't think I've ever spent more than $30 on a record and I couldn't contemplate spending hundreds. The rarities are probably out of my reach but there are plenty of original press that can be found for $10 or less.

It used to take years for most people to put together a decent collection but like many things these days people think it should just happen overnight - so luckily there is Torrent.

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Re: reggae vinyl becoming a luxury "trendy" item for the ric

Postby Apostle » Tue Aug 20, 2013 8:01 am

On a whole different level of absurdity: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/330986801800? ... 1423.l2649
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