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Sabreman Aug 27, 2010

I've been out of the soundtrack scene for a while now, and though I maintain a casual interest in what's going on the days of my physical collection are at an end I think. I haven't seriously been buying anything for a few years, and my collection just sits there on the rack, pleading to be put to use. Pleading to be loved... tongue

Anyway - I don't have a clue where to start! I have no idea how much anything is worth, and no idea how to find out (I mean, the best I can think of is checking completed ebay listings but there's nothing there for everything I've tried). I have vague recollections of how much certain items cost me but I don't know if they've held their value. I'm not even really trying to make a profitable return - it's more a zen-style clearout than anything (but obviously I don't want to GIVE the stuff away).

Any pointers on the best way to value soundtracks? My collection can be found at http://vgmdb.net/db/collection.php?do=view&userid=78 and probably everything is for sale except the World of Warcraft albums, because they form part of box sets with the games themselves. I'd really appreciate any pointers on value if anyone has a few minutes to spare.

Thanks!

Bernhardt Aug 27, 2010 (edited Aug 27, 2010)

Re: Valuing your collection...

First, consider how much you originally paid for the stuff, then consider what it costs to buy the stuff brand new these days.

Second, consider the quality or condition that your items are in: Mint, Near-Mint, Good, Fair, Acceptable, Useable, or P.O.S. are just examples.

Third, is it even still in print? Is it still available in stores? Is it out-of-print? I managed to get $60 USD for a relatively scratched up copy of the F-Zero X OST, because it's been out-of-print for so many years now, and the only way to get it is second hand.

Otherwise, me, I always keep my stuff in very pristine condition, so my rule is often MSRP (Market Suggested Retail Price - what it usually goes for, brand new, sold in stores) minus $5 USD, and I often offer free shipping, because what really pumps up the price buying online is shipping costs.

I definitely try to keep my prices below the store price, especially when the stuff has been opened before - no matter how little I've used it - and people are more likely to buy from an established store, rather than some guy just trying to sell their stuff, so you have to give your customers an incentive to buy from you, as opposed to the store.

the_miker Aug 27, 2010

That's a tough one, especially for a sale this size.  Bernhardt is an awesome seller and already gave you some fine advice.  I'll add that the following CDs will probably go for the highest amounts:

biohazard SOUND CHRONICLE BEST TRACK BOX CPCA-10104~9
Gradius Gaiden Original Game Soundtrack KICA-7817
Perfect Selection Dracula ~NEW CLASSIC~ KICA-1103
PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION: Sound Collection I RS-1
PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION: Sound Collection II RS-2
Soukaigi Original Soundtrack SSCX-10017

There are probably others but those are the ones that immediately jumped out at me.  Also I sent you an email about a few of your CDs I'm interested in, if you do decide to start a sale. wink

GoldfishX Aug 27, 2010

Remember this: As nice as Yahoo Japan or Amazon Japan are, domestic sellers are a much better value if someone is looking for a particular album, due to high shipping and transaction fees*. You have a lot of quality OOP ones (old Konami/Falcom arranges especially, not to mention the two Phantasy Star Collections) that would probably only be available from Japan. Me personally, I think Bern is spot on with inprint stuff or even out-of-print stuff with low demand ($5 less than new price plus free shipping or something equivalent, drop the price gradually if you want to dump them faster), but ones like those Perfect Selection albums is hard to say...they might have extra implied worth to particular collectors. Too high a price and people will leave them on the table. Too low and you might spark the interest of 6 different people trying to jump on a bargain (although the past few years, the amount of people in this camp seem to have dwindled).

My advice: Do what American Nightmare is doing with his auctions (Minimum Bid for the least you'd want to sell it for and offer a Buy It Now that is near the ceiling of what you think it is worth) You can always lower your prices or sell at a different time if no one bites and they aren't worth as much as you value them at (usually at this point, if it's something I moderately enjoy, I just keep it). Then again...I'm having trouble believing no one has bought that copy of Game Music Graffiti he's had up for awhile. I know I can't be the only one tempted to pull the trigger on that...

*Disclaimer: I'm a VERY happy customer of Jerold's, but am just stating the fact it is usually cheaper to buy from a domestic seller.

Kewing Darksun Aug 28, 2010

the_miker wrote:

I'll add that the following CDs will probably go for the highest amounts:

biohazard SOUND CHRONICLE BEST TRACK BOX CPCA-10104~9
Gradius Gaiden Original Game Soundtrack KICA-7817
Perfect Selection Dracula ~NEW CLASSIC~ KICA-1103
PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION: Sound Collection I RS-1
PHANTASY STAR COLLECTION: Sound Collection II RS-2
Soukaigi Original Soundtrack SSCX-10017

You might want to add Dodonpachi II / Dodonpachi to that list, Mike. It seems to have gotten rather rare over the years (5k~10k yen, closer to 10k actually; here's a good example). Also the Insanity Battle Garegga soundtrack doesn't seem to pop up very frequently. And if I'm not mistaken the Super Mario World: Fun Together with Beyer album is another rarity to consider as well.
Hope this can be of any help to you.

American Nightmare Aug 28, 2010 (edited Aug 28, 2010)

GoldfishX wrote:

Then again...I'm having trouble believing no one has bought that copy of Game Music Graffiti he's had up for awhile.

You and me both!  I paid $150 for that bad boy about six years ago, and now I'm having trouble selling it for half that.  Matter of fact, most if not all of the VGM CDs I've been listing have BIN prices that are much lower than what I originally paid for them. hmm

Pedrith Aug 29, 2010

Hi.  Would you please hold for me the following soundtracks:

1)  Mushihimesama Original Sound Track
2)  Dracula New Classic
3)  Ys VI
4)  Super Mario World Complete Music Collection: Fun Together with Beyer / Piano Solo
5)  The Legend of Heroes VI Sora no Kiseki Original Sound Track
6)  Valkyrie Profile Arrange Album

Also could you please email me at David_Lein@sympatico.ca so we can discuss pricing and shipping.

Thanks,

David

Sabreman Aug 29, 2010

Thanks everyone for the pointers and interest so far. I've gone ahead and priced up the items I'm willing to let go at the moment (still agonizing over my beloved Konami stuff), so a list can be found at http://vgmdb.net/db/marketplace.php?do= … &userid=78

I've checked around where I know and put prices on everything but obviously if I'm way out on anything let me know. It's not neccessarily set in stone smile

mystic_pizza Sep 1, 2010

You might want to add Dodonpachi II / Dodonpachi to that list, Mike. It seems to have gotten rather rare over the years (5k~10k yen, closer to 10k actually; here's a good example).

Well, I don't want to be too picky, but still...

Actually, it really depends.
It depends on what you want, what you need, and imho, on the time you're ready to wait for.
You've got lots of nice stuff, and OOP albums as well, but pretty much like American Nightmare, you definitely not sure to find people who will accept to spend so much money in some cd, even if "mega rare".

'think Goldfish pretty much got it right : as soon as you got time for your sales, you can start with the highest value you have in mind for your stuff, and gradually drop the price if it doesn't sell.

Wish you good luck.

Kewing Darksun Sep 2, 2010

mystic_pizza wrote:

You might want to add Dodonpachi II / Dodonpachi to that list, Mike. It seems to have gotten rather rare over the years (5k~10k yen, closer to 10k actually; here's a good example).

Well, I don't want to be too picky, but still...

So much for self-constructed theories...
Yep, I feel kind of an idiot for the missinformation there, so, sorry. (I would have sworn all the copies I saw until now were in the 5~10k yen range)

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