Saturday, January 18, 2020

SIDE HUSTLE UPDATE


Well, a couple weeks ago I posted about my 2020 side hustle: decluttering my music collection.

I was planning on selling one item per week (52 for the year).  With a busy life, it's hard to have time to do the layout for many eBay sales. 

Well, I got into a roll.   So far I've sold 6 items and got $197.25!   Quite the hall

  1. $150 for Morrissey "You are the Quarry" LP.  Good.  I am sick and tired of Morrissey.
  2. $10 for The Damned "Machine Gun Ettiquette" cassette
  3. $13.50 for Depeche Mode "Behind The Wheel / Route 66" extended remixes cassette
  4. $4.25 for Depeche Mode "Behind The Wheel / Route 66" regular single cassette
  5. $11.50 for Morrissey "Irish Blood, English Heart" 4 song 7" record
  6.  $8 for Nirvana "Nevermind" cassette
Never realized just how hip cassettes really got once again.  Many new albums are now out on cassette once again, and these original releases are fetching some good prices.  I'm going to have to dig through my milk carton of cassettes and see what I can offload.  I've got a few hundred.   I do plan on keeping ones that I do not have in any other format.

Still have 4 active items as well as two more going on sale tomorrow morning.

Beastie Boys "Shadrach" cassette single  starting at $25.  Has tracks not available anywhere else like "Your Sister's Def".  They have a great sense of humor.

Pink Floyd "A Nice Pair" cassette.   The first 2 albums on (IMO the 2 best) starting at $10

The Herbfarm Cookbook autographed by Jerry Traunfeld.   The Herbfarm was THE place to have an over the top dining experience in the Seattle area when he ran it. Reservations were booked months out.   Starting at $7

Bauhaus "Gotham" double vinyl.  selling for $100.  This is not only the best live recording of the seminal goth band for 1999, but also includes a cover of Dead Can Dance's "Severance" both live AND in the studio.   
It is long out of print and the only vinyl release of this.  Very very  limited in availability.  I made my copy cheaper than the person in Germany who is selling a few he has on hand.  Other than that, no other sales and none sold in the past few months.
It will surely sell

Pro Tip:  Have your eBay auctions end on a Sunday.  It's the day that has the highest amount of sales.
That is why I am starting 2 new auctions tomorrow.  

One is a limited edition Franz Ferdinand remix of "Take Me Out" (Daft Punk Remix).  I think I played it once and never made it to the end..
The other is a near mint copy of The Human Beinz "Nobody But Me" 45  from 1967.  A Garage/Mod classic from 1967 but is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head for days.  My wife hates it...
I was honestly surprised that they go for around $10.  Mine is super clean and shiny and will start at $4.  It's hard to find many near mint records from 52 years ago.  This will sell.

So what do you think?  Fun?  I think so.   

My question to you out there is if I should sell some of my "holy grail" recordings.  I do have some ultra rare records from The Cure, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Billie Holliday, and The White Stripes.   I am quite hesitant, but can fetch over $500 for these items.  My wife is telling me to wait on the White Stripes records and I do think I will hang on to my mono Beatles White Album for a while longer.   

The one that I have that blows my mind at the price online is The Cure's "Paris" LP, a real rare benefit concert album.   This is going for up to $700 now.. I got it for $20 back in 1992.  I am just no the biggest fan of live concert records...



Sell?  Keep? Wait until The Cure releases a new album?  IF they do...   
Your thoughts?

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