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Selling on Discogs - any advice?

Discussion in 'General' started by Nate Champion, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. Nate Champion

    Nate Champion Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone tell me any info about selling on discogs, particularly vinyls?

    I have about thirty or forty vinyls that I have no interest in keeping (actually I'm in a clear-out mode so this could increase...). And maybe cds - but I might just trade these into second-hand shops in town.

    I'm currently adding the vinyls to an inventory just to have them up there.

    Anyway, they wouldn't accept my IBAN or sort code.

    But the main query I have is:

    Postage.

    I haven't a clue about shipping rates from Ireland.

    Is there a standard chart of shipping rates to England, Europe, North America, etc for shipping vinyls that I can follow?

    Cheers.
     
  2. IFF

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  3. GARYXKNIFEDX

    GARYXKNIFEDX Well-Known Member

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    I tried using those charts & rates,but the post office I use doesn't!!!! So I pretty much have to package up the record,bring it to the post office to get a price,bill the buyer,then when paid go back and post the item.
     
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  4. IFF

    IFF Well-Known Member

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    at work, occassionally my duties include doing the post (4 years of college and 8 years experience, i do the post run on a monday and if the person who normally does it is off :( ) and when I use the chart for bigger items, and then check it at the post office, it always works out for me.
     
  5. Cornu Ammonis

    Cornu Ammonis Well-Known Member Contributor Supporter

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    I always get something completely different for each package I bring up to the post office and it rarely matches the charts on the an post site.

    I use paypal for payments.
     
  6. Gambra

    Gambra Anarchic Harmonics Staff Member

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    Postage for vinyl (especially single LP's) is really really expensive these days, mainly because its impossible to get an LP packed up for under 500 grams. €7.50 would be an average price for 1 LP posted to outside of Ireland which goes up to €10.75 for anywhere outside. If the buyer wants registration then that can easily double.

    It's probably better to accept payments through paypal as well, buyers will trust that a lot more since it has the refund system. Direct bank transfer is rarely used.
     
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  7. sonofstan

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    Don't call them 'vinyls' in your listings, yeah?
     
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  8. GARYXKNIFEDX

    GARYXKNIFEDX Well-Known Member

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  9. GARYXKNIFEDX

    GARYXKNIFEDX Well-Known Member

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    I've had differences of up to 2euro,sometimes the cd in the package I only charged maybe 3euro for.

    I always hated when places had minimum order amounts but I've been considering recently. That's how often there is a difference.
    Sometimes it does work in my favour too,but I'd rather charge the right amount than have someone complaining over me overcharging a euro or two on postage
     
  10. hydromancer

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    Oddly England is alot more expensive to mail to than say Italy or Germany, Greece, because they are not in the Euro.

    I would say it is a good website you will definitely get a response there although they do ask for a share/percentage of your sales. Sometimes you can dodge that if you ask the buyer to pay you directly via paypal instead of discogs and then just mark the order as cancelled.

    With post to be absolutely sure go down to the post office with the parcel and ask them beforehand, sometimes they might count it as a large envelope or something instead of a parcel but technically i think they are a parcel but maybe it depends on what the people are like in the post office.

    Also i would say you wont sell everthing at once it will take some month's drips and drabs sometimes people like to ask a few qeustions first or some might hagel a bit other's will be glad to get the record anyway it is more or less up to yourself how decide to sell stuff there.
     
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  11. Nate Champion

    Nate Champion Well-Known Member

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    Cheers for the replies. Much appreciated.

    Yeah, this is a varied selection, so I wouldn't be expecting it to go too fast. The whole rating the condition of the thing seems a bit arbitrary. But I think I can rate the stuff honestly.

    The more I look at this record collection, the more I think I could get rid of half of it.

    Sounds like it's hassle to a degree. But worthwhile hassle as long as they're happy to pay the postage?
     
  12. GARYXKNIFEDX

    GARYXKNIFEDX Well-Known Member

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    I've sold some absolute rubbish there,and then things I thought would have sold quick have had no interest,even listed cheaper than any other I've seen for sale and with a lot of people who "want" it.

    If you're not sure about using the m/nm/vg+/Vg style rating (you have to enter them regardless) make sure you use the text to describe any flaws the record may have,even minor things can be a big deal to some people.
     
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  13. Cornu Ammonis

    Cornu Ammonis Well-Known Member Contributor Supporter

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    Yeah, leave it listed long enough and it turns out that someone out there (usually from Lithuania) does actually want to buy a knackered copy of Kittie's album.
     
  14. GARYXKNIFEDX

    GARYXKNIFEDX Well-Known Member

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    Haha,nothing that bad though.
     
  15. Cornu Ammonis

    Cornu Ammonis Well-Known Member Contributor Supporter

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    In fairness, I'm sure there are plenty of people on another forum slagging off some Irish guy for all the weirdo drone/avant garde shite he buys. We all win in our own little ways.
     
  16. Nate Champion

    Nate Champion Well-Known Member

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    Is it as good for offloading cds?
     
  17. GARYXKNIFEDX

    GARYXKNIFEDX Well-Known Member

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    Vinyl/cd's/tapes,it all sells.
     
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  18. Cornu Ammonis

    Cornu Ammonis Well-Known Member Contributor Supporter

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    Yeah, I mainly sell CDs but only because I'm too lazy to pack up vinyl to post it.
     
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  19. nlgbbbblth

    nlgbbbblth Well-Known Member

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    Here are my postage rates. I've only sold a few things on it. I'd recommend Amazon Marketplace for rare CDs. I got GBP £300 for an Oasis singles box set there last month.

    Ireland / Northern Ireland
    €3.00 for 1 7"/CD
    €4.25 for 2 7"/CD
    €6.25 for 1 or 2 LPs/12"s
    €8.00 for 3, 4 or 5 LPs/12"s

    Great Britain / Europe
    €4.00 for 1 7"/CD
    €5.25 for 2 7"/CD
    €8.00 for 1 or 2 LPs/12"s
    €12.00 for 3, 4 or 5 LPs/12"s

    US / Rest of World
    €4.00 for 1 7"/CD
    €5.25 for 2 7"/CD
    €11.00 for 1 or 2 LPs/12"s
    €17.00 for 3, 4 or 5 LPs/12"s
     
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  20. GARYXKNIFEDX

    GARYXKNIFEDX Well-Known Member

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    Anyone selling on Discogs.
    When do you leave feedback? I always leave after I have gotten feedback,as then I know the items have arrived safe and the customer is happy. But I just sold a few items and been paid for them quickly,and before I've even sent them,the person is asking for feedback. Is that usual ?
     
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