Discovering Discogs

The title of this post makes me seem quite naïve as a music fan and vinyl buyer. It kind of implies I’ve JUST discovered Discogs which isn’t the case. Its been around my internet history for a long time. What I hadn’t done until recently, however, was actually JOIN Discogs and use it properly to add in my collection and lord knows I was not prepared for what happened after I had done just that.

  1. I didn’t know how many records I had (which is not that many but still more than I thought were stacked on my bedroom floor)
  2. HOW MUCH THEY WERE POTENTIALLY WORTH!

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t buy vinyl for re-sale value at all. I literally buy what I want to listen to, anything I’m enjoying or think I might enjoy. But I was stunned when I hit my ‘Collection with Statistics’ icon and fixed my eyes on those ‘Collection Value Range’ figures. JESUS. Who’s been spending THAT much on records? Well, me, apparently. Totally unaware I had some gems, I did a bit of digging.

Someone’s got the Wolf Alice ‘Blush’ EP up for sale at a staggering price of £500. Now, don’t get me wrong, it’s worth more than the original £8 price tag now. It’s limited edition, Wolfy Al are massively more popular now and have played Glastonbury twice since and ‘Blush’ is *arguably* some of their best work. But £500? Bit much, innit? (Literally after finishing this little bit I received a message on Discogs asking if I’d ever consider selling my copy of ‘Blush’…nah, mate. Never.)

Though I can’t say I haven’t spent a ridiculous amount of money on a record at least when I did it all went to charity rather than some utter tool making a scandalous profit from fans. Still, the same thing happens with tickets and it always leaves me wondering what the hell is wrong with people. What ever happened to fair prices? I know how economics works but £500 is extortion.

So. What was the most expensive record I wonder?

Well, aside from that Wu-Tang Clan album bought by international scumbag Martin Shkreli, NME tells me it’s The Quarrymen, ‘That’ll Be The Day/In Spite Of All The Danger’. The 1958 original. It’s the only known copy of the pre-Beatles disc recorded at a local electrical shop by McCartney, Lennon and Harrison with drummer Colin Hanton and pianist John Duff Lowe and it’s worth an eye watering  £100,000. Ouch.

Aside from a re-press of that (worth £10,000), a copy of the Sex Pistols ‘God Save The Queen’ will cost you £7,500 and that’s probably because only about 300 are thought to exist and it was withdrawn from sale…God only knows why…

I suppose what it comes down to is ‘how much do you really want that record’? If you’ve got the cash and it’s truly worth THAT much to you, you’ll pay for it. And fair play, I’d do the same.

If you wish to spy on my collection you can do so here and if you want to share yours with me, please do! You can comment or even tweet me a link.

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