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  • Brian Keller

How to make money selling vinyl

I was going through my record collection today with the idea of getting rid of some of them (selling them, as I don't listen) when I happened by Florence and the Machine - Between Two Lungs, I looked it up, and I found I could sell it at around $15 for it. Why? Because this 2009 beauty has never been opened and is an original pressing. So, I said, rain dollars down on my "Oh Lord." I pulled it off the shelf and went looking for more doubles and worthless flotsam that years of collecting (since I was 15) has brought me. I found five copies of The Beau Brummels (averaging $15) first album, Six copies of (the most excellent cover ever) of Sinatra with Tommy Dorsey (priced from $5 - $150). Wow, I found Anette Funicello's records ( I think I got them because the cover had her in a two-piece). Multiple copies of a Byrds bootleg live (1970) performance (all in shrink wrap, except one) $140-$200), four copies of The Byrds Pre Flyte $200), and all kinds of stuff. I buy new properties too, like the Mavericks, 21 pilots, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Black Keys, Lil Nas, and the first (not Lil Nas) the real Nas album, Mountain Goats, Steven (Steve) Earle, The Pistol Annies, Kacey Musgrave, Kanye, Dua Lipa, Amy Winehouse, Kenny Garret, and more. They're new. I can't sell them. I found multiple copies of Suzie Quatro, Simple Minds, Nelly Furtado, and Kaja Goo Goo. I'm sorry for those tragedies, and I have no Adele records, as I can't carry that empty feeling of regret again. I have no shame for my purchase of Big Country ( I love their track on Big Country called Big Country) or Crowded House, Def Leppard, Billy Ocean, Michael Jackson, Grandmaster Flash, The Cure, The Smiths, etc. I have new stuff, too, along with a whole bunch of jazz that I started buying when I started collecting. Jazz includes all kinds of things from CTI artists, including George Benson, Ron Carter, Eumir Deodato, Astrud Gilberto, Freddie Hubbard, Bob James, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, and more. Creed Taylor started CTI around 67; when he tried to make jazz mainstream, I love the stuff, and they go for a reasonable price as they average approximately $15 (I bought them at $2.86), and again, most are in shrink wrap or sleeves. The album art direction is "boss." Anyway, I kept adding up the cash, which was substantial, so I almost sold an Enja album for $12 and one of my six copies of The Köln Concert - Keith Jarret. And that's how you get and keep around six thousand records (not counting multiple copies in the sale pile, which I'll probably sell one, one day.

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