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Reply #30 posted 06/28/20 1:00pm

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About 13 years ago I decided I no longer needed physical copies of my music since I had ripped them all anyways and didn’t use the CD’s, so I started selling off my Prince collection — Officials, singles, boots, etc, thinking I’d make a few hundred dollars. I made over $4k; boots I paid $50 for we’re selling for $200-300 each.

I bought a bulldog for $3k, who brought me more joy for twelve and a half years than owning any physical copy of a CD ever could. So anyone making of inferring snide comments about why anyone would ever sell a Prince CD should look internally at their own obsessiveness and value they place on things before questioning anyone who doesn’t have the same obsessiveness. No matter how you slice it, sharing a life is more valuable than a piece of plastic.
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A few things:

1) it is a beautiful thing to share your life with a dog and I totally get how that could be so meaningful to you.

2) Having read back the thread I cannot really see anyone making snide comments. There is a bit of humour and questioning but not snide (or cruel) things!

3) By mocking people for their "obsessiveness" and belittling a "piece of plastic" you are actually guilty of the same thing you complain about. You are denigrating people who put value on their collections and clearly bring them a lot of joy.

Prince has been extremely important in my life. Literally the soundtrack of my life for 36 years and his music, concerts, artwork etc have helped me through awful painful loss and beautiful wonderful joy.

I have not been on the org for 8 months but I come back and find it as odd a place as ever.
'I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally. He's with our son now.' Mayte 21st April 2016 = the saddest quote I have ever read! RIP Prince and thanks for everything.
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Reply #31 posted 06/28/20 1:57pm

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jaypotton said:

dumbass said:

About 13 years ago I decided I no longer needed physical copies of my music since I had ripped them all anyways and didn’t use the CD’s, so I started selling off my Prince collection — Officials, singles, boots, etc, thinking I’d make a few hundred dollars. I made over $4k; boots I paid $50 for we’re selling for $200-300 each.

I bought a bulldog for $3k, who brought me more joy for twelve and a half years than owning any physical copy of a CD ever could. So anyone making of inferring snide comments about why anyone would ever sell a Prince CD should look internally at their own obsessiveness and value they place on things before questioning anyone who doesn’t have the same obsessiveness. No matter how you slice it, sharing a life is more valuable than a piece of plastic.
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A few things:

1) it is a beautiful thing to share your life with a dog and I totally get how that could be so meaningful to you.

2) Having read back the thread I cannot really see anyone making snide comments. There is a bit of humour and questioning but not snide (or cruel) things!

3) By mocking people for their "obsessiveness" and belittling a "piece of plastic" you are actually guilty of the same thing you complain about. You are denigrating people who put value on their collections and clearly bring them a lot of joy.

Prince has been extremely important in my life. Literally the soundtrack of my life for 36 years and his music, concerts, artwork etc have helped me through awful painful loss and beautiful wonderful joy.

I have not been on the org for 8 months but I come back and find it as odd a place as ever.

I’m a collector, and had such a huge collection because of the obsessiveness that collector’s generally suffer, so I’m certainly not segregating myself from that behavior.
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Reply #32 posted 06/29/20 6:32pm

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I've sold/given away a LOT of Prince stuff.

I gave away my Sacrifice Of Victor book, Neo Manifesto and 21 Nights. At that time, I was over having Prince books. NOW I miss having them, but I don't regret giving them to who I gave them to . . . . they will enjoy it far more than me!

I haven't sold any Prince music though. I did ditch the clear acrylic Crystal Ball case though in favor of regular jewel cases.

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Reply #33 posted 06/29/20 8:15pm

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jaypotton said:

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The bulk of my CD collection minus the few collectors' items, 600+ albums, also went for 500€ to a wrecka stow (the best offer I got out of 3 wrecka stows). The guy told me if I'd sold him this only a few years earlier, before digital killed physical, he'd have given me twice as much money for the lot confused And it was only in 2010!! I guess today I'd only get 250€ for it, if not less falloff



That surprises me actually as I had you down as a collector who would want to keep the physical products.

I too have ripped pretty much my entire CD and vinyl collection (of all artists) but I still kept the physical products because, for me, it isn't just about the music but also the artwork, liner notes, booklet etc.

Then again I still love buying paper books and having them on my shelf.

Horses and courses!

I spent the first 25 years of my life accumulating things to the point of excess, as my parents had done before me. I had this 85 square meters flat and it was full. At some point I got fed up, I decided less was more, moved to a smaller flat and progressively began to get rid of things. Then I decided to move abroad. I kept some things in boxes that have been stored in an attic for 10 years, that I may never see again for many more years. And I could only keep that much stuff. That's when I decided to get rid of my CDs. Anyway for several years I'd slowly moved on to digital and started to rip the collection. Now, for 10 years, everything I own (besides the stored boxes) has to fit in a backpack and a suitcase because I change country every 2/3 years. Music and movies arr on hard drives. I read book and comics on Kindle and tablet. And I've realized I don't need much else to be happy. Sometimes I miss my old shelves filled with records, video cassettes and dvds, books and comics, but it's just passing moments of nostalgia.
I'm pretty sure though that in these boxes I've kept one thing: this Batman cassette that was my first Prince record ever yes.
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Reply #34 posted 06/30/20 3:18am

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^I can really understand the appeal of going all digital. It still amazes me that I can get most of my music library onto my phone and that level of portability has changed the way I appreciate music smile I am still an avid collector of physical releases though, so I will probably keep going tyill the house explodes lol

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Reply #35 posted 06/30/20 4:21am

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This is an incredibly interesting thread. I am one of the physical copy collectors. I won't sell any of it as much as my wife wants me to lol I did sell about 5,000 albums and 2,000 45's about 10 years ago to make room for my son. I did not sell any of my Prince collection. I still have over 10,000 CD's though. When I first learned of the Sign O' The Times SDE I never once thought about selling Crystal Ball.

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Reply #36 posted 06/30/20 4:57am

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djdaffy1227 said:

This is an incredibly interesting thread. I am one of the physical copy collectors. I won't sell any of it as much as my wife wants me to lol I did sell about 5,000 albums and 2,000 45's about 10 years ago to make room for my son. I did not sell any of my Prince collection. I still have over 10,000 CD's though. When I first learned of the Sign O' The Times SDE I never once thought about selling Crystal Ball.


10,000 is crazy impressive. I could usually afford an album/week back in the CD days, not more neutral
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Reply #37 posted 06/30/20 6:01am

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I would never sell any of my Prince music. Some of his older releases sound terrible, so I am looking forward to the remasters, but I would never sell the originals.

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Reply #38 posted 06/30/20 6:08am

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Weird question/thread... As Mary's father "I like to collect things". A CD or record, in addition to its music, is something you like to touch, appreciate the cover, read its liner notes..

I won't ever sell my Crystal Ball despite the forthcoming SOTT Deluxe..

Getting offcial releases from Prince is something I like. It sounds crazy but it's showing friends, how much prolific (only through official releases) this artist was.

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Reply #39 posted 06/30/20 6:54am

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If my wife couldn't convince me to sell off the most valuable physical copies after Prince died and prices were CRAZY, then i'll be holding on to them. wink

I could have bought my next car with the money I could have raised.

Censorship is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who is doing it or how noble their motivation.
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Reply #40 posted 06/30/20 7:16am

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djThunderfunk said:

If my wife couldn't convince me to sell off the most valuable physical copies after Prince died and prices were CRAZY, then i'll be holding on to them. wink

I could have bought my next car with the money I could have raised.

It wasn't even an hour after I hear the news of his passing that my wife asked if we could pay off the mortgage and car payments by selling my Prince records lol lol lol

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Reply #41 posted 06/30/20 9:56am

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djdaffy1227 said:

djThunderfunk said:

If my wife couldn't convince me to sell off the most valuable physical copies after Prince died and prices were CRAZY, then i'll be holding on to them. wink

I could have bought my next car with the money I could have raised.

It wasn't even an hour after I hear the news of his passing that my wife asked if we could pay off the mortgage and car payments by selling my Prince records lol lol lol


Glad you didn't do it!! wink

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Reply #42 posted 06/30/20 10:02am

jaypotton

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jaypotton said:



That surprises me actually as I had you down as a collector who would want to keep the physical products.

I too have ripped pretty much my entire CD and vinyl collection (of all artists) but I still kept the physical products because, for me, it isn't just about the music but also the artwork, liner notes, booklet etc.

Then again I still love buying paper books and having them on my shelf.

Horses and courses!

I spent the first 25 years of my life accumulating things to the point of excess, as my parents had done before me. I had this 85 square meters flat and it was full. At some point I got fed up, I decided less was more, moved to a smaller flat and progressively began to get rid of things. Then I decided to move abroad. I kept some things in boxes that have been stored in an attic for 10 years, that I may never see again for many more years. And I could only keep that much stuff. That's when I decided to get rid of my CDs. Anyway for several years I'd slowly moved on to digital and started to rip the collection. Now, for 10 years, everything I own (besides the stored boxes) has to fit in a backpack and a suitcase because I change country every 2/3 years. Music and movies arr on hard drives. I read book and comics on Kindle and tablet. And I've realized I don't need much else to be happy. Sometimes I miss my old shelves filled with records, video cassettes and dvds, books and comics, but it's just passing moments of nostalgia.
I'm pretty sure though that in these boxes I've kept one thing: this Batman cassette that was my first Prince record ever yes.
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Yeah I get that. Something very freeing about decluttering your life and travelling light. I did that late 90s (although still didn't get rid of my books or vinyl or CDs etc - they went into the parents loft until I returned). However, over last 20 years I have slowly accumulated more stuff (including a family) and just keep moving to bigger houses to keep all that stuff!
'I loved him then, I love him now and will love him eternally. He's with our son now.' Mayte 21st April 2016 = the saddest quote I have ever read! RIP Prince and thanks for everything.
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Reply #43 posted 06/30/20 3:13pm

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Tbh I didn't even know it was worth anything, I'd have cheerfully chucked it without realizing! It was such an ugly, cheap-looking set (both the 5CD hockey-puck edition and the retail 3CD version).

As a record collector type I totally get the impulse and drive to hoarde physical media especially when the artwork is cool or something, but this one in particular is just so blah. I guess it is precious to us Prince fans, but when we're gone all this junk will be in the bin anyway smile

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Reply #44 posted 07/01/20 10:59am

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databank said:

jaypotton said:
That surprises me actually as I had you down as a collector who would want to keep the physical products. I too have ripped pretty much my entire CD and vinyl collection (of all artists) but I still kept the physical products because, for me, it isn't just about the music but also the artwork, liner notes, booklet etc. Then again I still love buying paper books and having them on my shelf. Horses and courses!
I spent the first 25 years of my life accumulating things to the point of excess, as my parents had done before me. I had this 85 square meters flat and it was full. At some point I got fed up, I decided less was more, moved to a smaller flat and progressively began to get rid of things. Then I decided to move abroad. I kept some things in boxes that have been stored in an attic for 10 years, that I may never see again for many more years. And I could only keep that much stuff. That's when I decided to get rid of my CDs. Anyway for several years I'd slowly moved on to digital and started to rip the collection. Now, for 10 years, everything I own (besides the stored boxes) has to fit in a backpack and a suitcase because I change country every 2/3 years. Music and movies arr on hard drives. I read book and comics on Kindle and tablet. And I've realized I don't need much else to be happy. Sometimes I miss my old shelves filled with records, video cassettes and dvds, books and comics, but it's just passing moments of nostalgia. I'm pretty sure though that in these boxes I've kept one thing: this Batman cassette that was my first Prince record ever yes. [Edited 6/29/20 20:21pm]


I've been slowly purging my CD collection. I sold off hundreds of CDs several years ago when they were worth a buck or two each. Now they're not worth anything -- some literally are worth 1 cent. The market is saturated and the masses have moved to streaming.

I still have probably 600 CDs still, and I've still been purging. For someone like -- let's say Van Halen -- I KNOW their stuff will always be on Spotify. For artists like Prince, Radiohead, maybe NIN it's not always a given.

But, like you I also want to be free enough from possessions and just have everything digital. Someday!

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Reply #45 posted 07/01/20 11:10am

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Se7en said:

databank said:

jaypotton said: I spent the first 25 years of my life accumulating things to the point of excess, as my parents had done before me. I had this 85 square meters flat and it was full. At some point I got fed up, I decided less was more, moved to a smaller flat and progressively began to get rid of things. Then I decided to move abroad. I kept some things in boxes that have been stored in an attic for 10 years, that I may never see again for many more years. And I could only keep that much stuff. That's when I decided to get rid of my CDs. Anyway for several years I'd slowly moved on to digital and started to rip the collection. Now, for 10 years, everything I own (besides the stored boxes) has to fit in a backpack and a suitcase because I change country every 2/3 years. Music and movies arr on hard drives. I read book and comics on Kindle and tablet. And I've realized I don't need much else to be happy. Sometimes I miss my old shelves filled with records, video cassettes and dvds, books and comics, but it's just passing moments of nostalgia. I'm pretty sure though that in these boxes I've kept one thing: this Batman cassette that was my first Prince record ever yes. [Edited 6/29/20 20:21pm]


I've been slowly purging my CD collection. I sold off hundreds of CDs several years ago when they were worth a buck or two each. Now they're not worth anything -- some literally are worth 1 cent. The market is saturated and the masses have moved to streaming.

I still have probably 600 CDs still, and I've still been purging. For someone like -- let's say Van Halen -- I KNOW their stuff will always be on Spotify. For artists like Prince, Radiohead, maybe NIN it's not always a given.

But, like you I also want to be free enough from possessions and just have everything digital. Someday!


I'm currently in the process of selling most of my CD collection on eBay (alphabetically selling a new letter every month or so--I'm up to "S") and maybe it's just the CDs I have, but I am still able to get rid of almost all of them. Out of the 1000+ I sold already, only around 30 got no interest.

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