Cheap used LP's: They're still out there!

I often read or hear people complaining about the sky-rocketing prices of used LP’s. Albums that used to be available for a coupla bucks (or even in the dollar bins) now selling for twenty or more. I can’t speak for the rest of the country (or world), but that’s not true here in the Northwest.

For instance: Twice a year or so Music Millennium in Portland has a sidewalk sale, selling thousands of LP’s for $2 each. MM opened it’s doors in 1969, and after all this time has kept it’s counterculture vibe intact (you can almost smell the patchouli oil ;-). To make room for incoming LP’s, the store marks down some $5 albums to $2, and it’s not all junk. Yesterday I found the following LP’s, all in VG+ or better condition (many Mint/unplayed):

- Gordon Lightfoot: Summer Side Of Life.

- Ry Cooder: Jazz (backup copy).

- Cindy Lee Berryhill: Who’s Gonna Save The World?

- Linda Ronstadt: Simple Dreams (backup).

- Barbara Streisand: Live Concert At The Forum (engineered by Bill Schnee).

- Maria Muldaur: s/t (backup).

- Buck Owens: Best Of Vol. 2.

- T Bone Burnett: Trap Door (yet another backup copy),

- Mark O’Conner: Elysian Forest.

- The Dave Clark Five: Glad All Over (mono).

- The Rumour: Max.

- 10cc: How Dare You!

- The Ben Vaughn Combo: Beautiful Thing.

- Barefoot Jerry: Southern Delight (drummer Kenneth Buttrey’s name should be familiar).

- Beethoven: Missa Solemnis, Bernstein conducting The New York Philharmonic.(2 LP’s).

- and for a buck: Joe Ely 12" promo 45 of "What’s Shakin’ Tonight?"


$31 out the door, about the price of one new-release LP.



I paid $.99 + $3.65 shipping for a copy of Wishbone Ash's Locked In at an eBay auction last week!

eBay is a great source for reasonably priced albums in excellent shape.

Just remember to check seller feedback.




If you are diligent, there are deals to be had on almost anything, but usually it requires a healthy does of dumb luck.

@tony1954: And perseverance. I have two used LP stores and an antique "mall" a ten minute drive from my house that I check in with weekly. Admittedly prices aren’t as low as they were in the pre-Discog days. Yesterday at one of them I saw a Tony Rice LP in my to-find book, but it was priced at $75. I can wait for a cheaper copy.

Jose Records with locations in MO, KS, OK, and TX is having their Memorial Day weekend sale. 20% off on used items. We order from them quite a bit.