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Friday, July 8, 2011

Check it: Discogs.com Marketplace

We are a little behind with posting; hopefully there we will get to some of the backlog next week. In the meantime, I want to a take a couple minutes to talk about something neat and music related that I've been using recently. Firstly, if you don't know about www.discogs.com, you should check it out. It's a very helpful resource when it comes to, well, music related discography information (probably most useful for music nerds like myself). It seems to be more focused on electronic music, although in the last couple years it's become more comprehensive when it comes to rock and metal (maybe other stuff, I don't check). I have recently gotten into their "Discogs Marketplace" which is vaguely like a half.com type thing where you can list your CDs for sale and buy/sell. It's a bit DIY, although in some sense that adds to the appeal. You basically place an order on the site (via a seller's "store") and the seller gets an invoice. Beyond that, the rest of the transaction is conducted independently between the buyer and seller (negotiating over messages and/or via paypal/whatever preferred payment method). Its seems weird and rather archaic at first, but you get used to it pretty quickly. It does have a feedback system however. It is VERY easy to use, and the fact that all the CD information is already on the website streamlines much of the listing process and really cuts down on the "wtf exactly am I buying?" question that plagues many ebay auctions. The interfaces and store designs are pretty solid and easy to navigate.
After a few transactions as a buyer, I decided to get into the selling portion. It is EXTREMELY easy to list things for sale. Much easier than ebay or half.com. Discogs takes a commission, but only after the items have sold. You can list and unlist items at no cost. Since all the talk of the music industry falling into steep decline, I wasn't sure if anyone would ever buy the stuff I listed, but figured whatever, I'd give it a shot. Turns out that the industry isn't dying as much as I thought. Within 2 days of listing ~30 discs I had gotten 4 orders from various countries, and most for multiple discs. So, the moral of the story here is that if you are interested in selling some of your CDs that are in good quality, or if you are looking for some discs that you haven't been able to find anywhere else, than you should definitely try discogs.com.

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