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(Last Updated On: July 31, 2017)

It's a good time for CD collectors. While vinyl sales are skyrocketing and the value of 12″ records is on the rise, those CDs are being completely neglected. So many assume that there's no value in them, what with streaming being the in-thing and true collectors supposedly opting for wax. As someone that still collects CDs, I can say there's still thousands of us out there, and now is the time to grow that collection.

Your average collector wants a mix of both daily accessible music and rare stuff. The CDs that were big on release tend to go for very little, so grabbing them for £2 and under is nothing. The hard-to-come-by music may not have been distributed nationally, publicised or even barcoded. For these, you can still get lucky.

Here's where I get all the goods in my collection.

 

eBay

Usually my first port of call for albums. I've picked a few rare ones on Buy It Now for under £2. Other times, a well-timed bid or snipe has bagged me goodies for 99p. One time for the Bay.

 

Music Magpie

Linked very closely to the last one, it appears that through all of their above-the-line marketing activity, the population of the UK have given away all their good CDs to Music Magpie. Thankfully their eBay store and website gives away loads of the good stuff for the low. Keep a look of for the good stuff on there.

 

Poundland

These tend to be albums that are easier to come by, but still can contain greatness. I did a post about a single Poundland haul in the Peak District as an example of what's out there. It’s just a bit of a shame they’ve decided their website should be non-transactional now.

 

CeX

I’m pretty sure that the physical CeX stores largely miss out on the CDs these days, but its website has a load of great titles that others would otherwise completely miss out on. I’ve found so many on there at don’t have cover images and whatnot, preventing others from thinking they can score a deal on there.

 

Discogs

I enjoy listening to hard to come by R&B, Rap, Grime, Dancehall and Reggae. I actively look for music in these genres that others may have completely missed. This is a massive benefit, because it means that listings on Discogs can be a lot cheaper than I’d be prepared to pay for them. It won’t work with well-publicised rarities though.

 

Charity shops

There’s just so much gold in these. I’m always surprised by the kinds of this that crop up in charity shops. In Nottingham, I never found anything fun, but it all changed when I moved to London. Suddenly, things I thought only existed as MP3s were available to me. And I’ve been going in ever since.

 

Boot sales

Some of my best finds ever have been from car boots. If anyone dares to sell a single CD for over £1.50 at one of these, you need to have a word. What's so good about them is that you'll never know what you'll find where. In South London, I found a woman in her 50s selling O'Ryan's (Omarion's brother, Jhene Aiko's ex) one and only album.

 

So Then…

It's only a matter of time before the vinyl obsession turns into a CD one again. Old albums probably won't get printed up again. Record labels have drastically cut down the number of new physical CDs they print up since 2008, making mass produced CDs of the last decade far less easy to come by than the two prior. If your favourite music has happened more recently, grab them desirable discs for cheap while you still can.


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- Chiino

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