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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Arpangel » Fri Aug 16, 2019 8:47 am

ManFromGlass wrote:I am going through my CD and music book collection giving them away to a younger generation. It does feel good. Soon I will do that with my percussion instrument collection as I rarely use some of them anymore.

I don’t have many mics and rarely have the chance to use them so they will be next, but I suspect I will sell them except for a few faves. I like to take care of everything that passes through my hands. I even keep original packaging when I purchase new. I notice that I tend to place more value on something I have purchased, except for those few free things that have great memories attached to them.

I notice a lot of people lately who are "giving" stuff away, including myself.
First of all it was built in obsolescence, now it's so cheap new, and not worth it to repair that giving it away seems the only option. Who buys CD's, or books? You might get 20p each if you're extremely lucky. Seccondhand book and record/CD shops are thin on the ground these days.
Apart from really desirable vintgae or high-end industry standard stuff, you can forget about the rest, it's almost worthless.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Mike Stranks » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:06 am

Arpangel wrote:
Who buys CD's, or books? You might get 20p each if you're extremely lucky. Seccondhand book and record/CD shops are thin on the ground these days.

I'm buying books - new, secondhand, charity shop all the time. Probably two or three a week.
For general stuff - and the odd specialist gem - charity shops are a happy hunting ground. Usually '3 for £1'. Then when you've read them you just take them back... a 'charity' library!
Much less often, but similarly I'm buying CDs like that - especially jazz and classical.

Apart from really desirable vintgae or high-end industry standard stuff, you can forget about the rest, it's almost worthless.

Err... no. I'm regularly buying and selling good shallow-end kit via EBay all the time. 99% of the time it's good quality and well-cared for. Concertina Chap has already made this point. I'm regularly selling in the high tens and low hundreds of pounds.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Arpangel » Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:47 am

Mike Stranks wrote:
Arpangel wrote:
Who buys CD's, or books? You might get 20p each if you're extremely lucky. Seccondhand book and record/CD shops are thin on the ground these days.

I'm buying books - new, secondhand, charity shop all the time. Probably two or three a week.
For general stuff - and the odd specialist gem - charity shops are a happy hunting ground. Usually '3 for £1'. Then when you've read them you just take them back... a 'charity' library!
Much less often, but similarly I'm buying CDs like that - especially jazz and classical.

Apart from really desirable vintgae or high-end industry standard stuff, you can forget about the rest, it's almost worthless.

Err... no. I'm regularly buying and selling good shallow-end kit via EBay all the time. 99% of the time it's good quality and well-cared for. Concertina Chap has already made this point. I'm regularly selling in the high tens and low hundreds of pounds.

Books/CD's etc......and the words "charity shop" says it all.
Sure, I buy CD's and books from charity shops, but I also give them to those shops too, because I can't sell them. I'm also very sad seeing secondhand book shops close, left right and centre. I don't see the internet as a good thing in this respect, it's destroyed a a lot of good things, like browsing in secondhand book/record/equipment shops, meeting people, making friends etc etc. The internet really is a double edged sword.
I'm also selling, like you, what I consider to be useful, "valued" items, but I'm having real trouble doing that, I'll probably end up giving most of it away at the next Sosage meet!
I've sold a few high end items with no trouble at all, they've gone within the first week of advertising, but the other stuff hangs around forever, unless you take a massive loss on it, TBQH, I'd rather give it away.
As for EBay, well, their commision rates make you feel like you've just been mugged.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby CS70 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:13 am

Arpangel wrote: Who buys CD's, or books?

If you're mixing, CDs are great for reference, so I have bought the occasional one over the years
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Mike Stranks » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:40 am

I also buy a few books each month - new - from Amazon or second-hand from EBAY. I was addressing the point, "Who buys books?" I do! :)

As for the old 'Ebay costs too much' argument... You usually have to pay to advertise if you want a good constituency. 10% seems not unreasonable for the marketplace you can access.

It's the only place I've found where you can be sure of finding purchasers for audio gear. Price it realistically and it'll sell.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Arpangel » Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:59 am

Mike Stranks wrote:I also buy a few books each month - new - from Amazon or second-hand from EBAY. I was addressing the point, "Who buys books?" I do! :)

As for the old 'Ebay costs too much' argument... You usually have to pay to advertise if you want a good constituency. 10% seems not unreasonable for the marketplace you can access.

It's the only place I've found where you can be sure of finding purchasers for audio gear. Price it realistically and it'll sell.

I used to sell books on Amazon, quite regularly, but even that petered out in the end. I started selling for pounds, and ended up selling for pence. I still buy from Amazon though.
I guess a lot depends on your situation, I don't like posting things, and that limits your market, also my location isn't good, when I lived in London it was a lot easier to sell stuff.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Wonks » Fri Aug 16, 2019 12:12 pm

I've sold a few things (well two) on Facebook Marketplace recently. Remarkably hassle-free experience. No fees and a wide audience. No fees means that you can price items more competitively over something with a BIN or reserve price on eBay.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Arpangel » Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:15 pm

Wonks wrote:I've sold a few things (well two) on Facebook Marketplace recently. Remarkably hassle-free experience. No fees and a wide audience. No fees means that you can price items more competitively over something with a BIN or reserve price on eBay.

Do you have to get involved in actual Facebook to sell though? Or just use Marketplace?
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Wonks » Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:04 pm

Well, you'll need to join Facebook to access marketplace so people can contact you. But you don't have to connect/make friends with anyone else of you don't want to. And you can hide almost everything from anyone else.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby CS70 » Fri Aug 16, 2019 5:40 pm

However it’s worth saying that part of the appeal of Facebook is that you can access people’s profiles and get a feel about them. People with an empty profile, no friends and no activity at all come off as real odd and It wouldn’t really appeal to me we’re I to buy something.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby ManFromGlass » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:01 pm

On the other hand do you want strangers and tire kickers knowing about your personal life? Depending on how personal you get on your page.
And who your friends are. Friends may not be so discreet about your gear collection, when you plan your holidays and leave your key under the doormat etc. (yes I know, Mr Paranoid here)
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Sam Spoons » Fri Aug 16, 2019 6:11 pm

CS70 wrote:However it’s worth saying that part of the appeal of Facebook is that you can access people’s profiles and get a feel about them. People with an empty profile, no friends and no activity at all come off as real odd and It wouldn’t really appeal to me we’re I to buy something.

Me too, though I prefer to buy from FB groups. Often in this case, if somebody rips another off the offended party will post in the group to the effect that the offending party should be avoided.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby CS70 » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:12 am

ManFromGlass wrote:On the other hand do you want strangers and tire kickers knowing about your personal life? Depending on how personal you get on your page.
And who your friends are. Friends may not be so discreet about your gear collection, when you plan your holidays and leave your key under the doormat etc. (yes I know, Mr Paranoid here)

No of course, but it's all about what you mean by "personal". People read about celebrities in newspapers and think they know them People see fb profiles and do the same.. they're both mistakes. But having a face to relate to, and a few hundreds faces that claim to have the pleasure of your acquaintance kinda helps giving the feel that you're a real person, it's your real name, living in a real place and being what you say do and you're not a scam identity

One may like it or not and it's a novel way of dealing with people, but it's now a reality of our times...
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby Wonks » Sun Aug 18, 2019 9:06 am

You simply manage your profile, so you only put on what you want to put on. So if you want it music orientated, then put up a few pics of kit and a few 'been recording today' posts. You can make most of it up if you want (within believable reason) and simply create a public persona.
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Re: Can you have too many microphones?

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:09 pm

Exactly. So a professional scam artist could do that in a heartbeat.

I would guess that we all have FB friends who aren’t as security savvy and who will post things that are best kept private. I know there have always been scammers throughout the ages but the internet seems to have made that all so much easier. In spite of my views here I am still an optimist and assume the best of the human race and that we like to treat each other fairly, especially when it comes to gear! And because of these postings I will definitely consider selling gear through FB but perhaps under a different persona. I can’t imagine mine would be the only customized alter ego on FB.
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