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Broke 'n' records: Staying afloat by selling your CD collection


More and more often, Tampa music fans ‚Äî like so many others nationwide ‚Äî are selling their beloved albums and CDs at Tampa used record stores for some much-needed cash.

Last year at Vinyl Fever in Tampa, once customer who lost his job in the music industry sold his 3,000-plus CD collection. A few months ago, the same individual parted ways with an even larger, more personally meaningful vinyl cache. The store had to rent a truck and pick up the records at the man's home.

The Sound Exchange, which has stores in Tampa, Brandon and Pinellas Park, also reports a surge in used CD sales.

"We've always been an outlet for those kind of circumstances but I know our volume of purchasing has increased lately and that's a good barometer of how things are going in the economy," said Tampa Sound Exchange manager/buyer Steve Crace. "(The sellers) offer up their reasons themselves, it's almost like therapy — a validation as to why they're having to sell their collection."

On a positive note, at least for those gainfully employed music lovers, the surplus of used CDs and vinyl means lower prices. Tampa music stores like Sound Exchange and Vinyl Fever offer discs by major artists for as little as $5 and under.

Check out the rest of Wade Tatangelo's story on the great CD selloff of 2009.

[Photo: Daniel Wallace, tbt*, 2006]

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:00am]


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