Offer them 50cents an LP for the pristine ones and sell those you don't want here or on EBay, you lucky so and so!
Speaking as one of those "older folks" (as well as parent) you'd be hard-pressed to get me to give up that collection. However, the divide and conquer approach (which seems to be genetically handed down to all kids) might work - try working on the spouse least enamored of music and the collection. Perhaps you offer to burn them a copy of their favorites in exchange - takes up less space and they can play in their cars. Good luck!
You could point out that they don't listen to them and you would (assuming you're going to get an analog front end). You could also say to them that if they ever change their minds, and decide they are going to listen to them, that you would reverse the deal (it's a safe offer probably, since they almost surely would not ever ask for them back).
the fact that local Goodwills have tons of records would indicate that to almost all folks with the exception of the crazy few here, vinyl has no value. Having records means having a turntable set up around the house, mainstream America is in the process of coming to grasp with another!! piece of electronics, the DVD player. The more things coming in, mean the more things going out. Give me their address, I rent a truck and be on my way!!!!
My dad was a warehouse manager for Warner Bros a long long time ago. I had snooped around in his cellar but I never found any lp's from his legendary music collection. A couple of years ago he died and my mother asked me if I wanted his records. Between having sold my turntable and only seeing a small handfull of records I told her to give them to the other realitives.
Come to find out they were all in boxes! And boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes and boxes. I am pissed at myself. He had everything from box sets to copies that werent released to the public.
If that wasnt a slap in the face I also missed out on his reel to reel colection which was almost as great! With two reel to reels on top of that.
If this person is your friend, you should clearly inform him of the value of his parent's collection. Furthermore, you should offer to help them dispose of the collection. If there are specific records that you want for yourself, then offer a fair (market value) price for them. That's how I would recommend doing business with a friend.
Remember, what goes around comes around.
Find out if they would be willing to part with them. If you have a burner or are capable of having someone make a copy, you might want to try that approach, at least for a "reasonable" amount of discs. Most people don't want to go through the hassle of listening to supposedly "inferior" vinyl, but they also don't want to give away a lot of memories and enjoyable times. By offering to burn copies, you've increased their convenience factor AND picked up at least a few discs that you WILL enjoy.
As to "value", that is in the eye / ear of the beerholder : ) Sean
Hey Tim,how are you?2 summers ago I went to a yard sale and walked away with 3000 LPs for 50 dollars.I kept a hundred or so and gave some away to a couple buds here on audiogon.I sold quite a few on eBay since then and made about $800I ended up with several hundred I didnt want,couldnt sell or even give away.Disposing of LPs is tough!I would 1) ask the people if they would sell you some2) take you time and go through each one and pull what you know you will play or be able to re-sell.3) ask them to tell you how much money they want for the bunch you pulled.Remember too that the condition of the cover and even the sleeve is very important to get top buck if you decide to sell some.Unless they want a ridiculous amount of money for the LPs give them what they ask for.I consider this fair.
A lot of good advice, thanks everyone, and there is a lot of stuff that I would NEVER listen to. I guess that is something to consider, maybe I should do just what you said, go through them and pick out the ones that I truely want, offer to make them copies and pay them a reasonable fee for the whole package(of the stuff I would actually listen to). If I could get 100-150 of usuable albums I would be happy with the deal, I found a few that I really want and one was broke!!(my friend admited to breaking it a long time ago and then quickly putting back in the sleave, it appears no opened it till the other day). Any other ideas, maybe steal them and burn down there house and they would never know!!! Just kidding!! LOL.