Advice on sales of classical CDs

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Advice on sales of classical CDs

Hello

 

I'm hoping you can help and please forgive my naiveity on this subject matter.

 

I volunteer for a charity and we were recently gifted a donation of around 1,000 classical music CDs, the donor suggested we sell these in order to raise much needed funds for our charity.

 

I'm afraid I don't know a great deal about the market, but it seems like these things are difficult to sell and I was hoping to get some advice.

 

There's hundreds listed in our inventory, so it's difficult for me to be any more specific, but we have 'Numbers' prefixed with the likes of CHANDOS, LYRITA, BIS, EMI, ARCHIV, KOCH, ARTE NOVA, FINLANDIA, ALBANY, the list goes on.

 

Is there anything I can do to be able to sell these together, or should we look at eBay or similar?

 

Many thanks everyone,

Laura

Hello Laura

Hello Laura

I'm afraid you are right: selling them is likely to be quite time consuming. If you included a complete inventory, you might be able to sell them on ebay as a bulk deal, but that might be difficult......prospective collectors are likely to be quite fussy. 

If the condition is good - unscratched CDs and decent boxes - then you could try selling them to someone like musicmagpie.co.uk. They buy just about any good quality CD. You type in the bar code and then they give you a price. (You can also get a phone app and scan the bar code.) I've done this once before: some CDs got 50 pence, others were offered £3. (To me, the prices appeared to be pretty random.) If you agree, you post them off for free, then they send you a cheque (as long as the CDs pass their quality standards.) You can sell 10 or a 1000. It is not likely to raise a fortune, however. I would guess you would average around £1 per CD - unless you sold only the high priced ones, and kept the cheaper ones for another sale somewhere else. 

Other than that, I don't know what to suggest. You could really do with a sales outlet in an affluent area for a few weeks.......or stand on the street. Or a market stall (in a posh part of London), which you can rent by the day in many places for next to nothing. Two or three quid a go, three for a fiver, and you would probably shift the lot quite quickly. 

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