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The records are my starting point. Discogs, an online resource for selling recorded music, has a tool enabling one to estimate the value of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar one’s collection. It is a laborious but addictively geeky process by which how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you use a record’s catalogue number and the etchings in its run-off groove to work out when it was pressed. The result is then matched to records sold on the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar site. For the next step I have gone to flashback records how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar for expert verification.

Mr burgess set up the islington shop in 1997 and how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar now has two other london outlets. He characterises the second-hand record market as “very buoyant”. Its current state of health comes after a deep trough how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the 2000s. Record store day, which takes place this weekend, was set up to protect independent record retailers from extinction. Three-quarters closed in the UK in the 2000s. Mr burgess had to sell his north london home in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar 2006 to keep his business afloat.

Vinyl’s resurgence is an unexpected side-effect of the trend that at one point seemed set how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar to kill it off — music’s transition into a digital world of streaming and mp3s. People have grown nostalgic for the aesthetic, tactile pleasures of records, the look of the sleeve, the feel of the disc. More than 4m vinyl albums were sold in the UK how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar last year, the highest level since 1991. The boom has raised the value of used vinyl too.

The worth of a record collection depends on several factors. The quality of the sleeve and vinyl is one, graded according to standards ranging from “mint” to “poor”. Rarity or status is another variable. As most of the people who bought my bloody valentine’s loveless in 1991 did so on CD, my vinyl copy of the cult album has become a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar collectible.

Working out which records do well is not straightforward. I have a 1961 UK original of joan baez’s self-titled first album, originally bought by my parents-in-law (a number of their records have been ruthlessly incorporated into how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar my collection via my wife). It strikes me as eminently desirable but discogs assigns it how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a price range of between £1 and £6, while mr burgess plumps for £5.

“her style of folk is not really respected so much how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar any more,” he says, with the ex cathedra certainty of the record store owner. “it’s a fiver even though it’s a 57-year-old album.” five pounds? I might as well return it to my parents-in-law.

I have better luck with blonde on blonde by baez’s old flame bob dylan. My copy of the 1966 album turns out to have how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the original gatefold sleeve, with a photo of the actress claudia cardinale that was how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar withdrawn from later pressings after she complained. It is worth about £30.

A good-quality original copy of with the beatles can fetch about how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar £70. But mine is a £15 dud. “of all the beatles’ albums, it is probably worth least,” mr burgess says. “this is actually a 1970s’ reissue. In fact it’s a french one, it’s not even an english one.”

Fame is no guarantee of resale value. Adam and the ants’ prince charming is a key release of its era. But my copy, with very good condition vinyl and colourful gatefold sleeve, is apparently worth less than £10. It came out in 1981 when cassettes were the only how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar rival to vinyl. There are too many copies knocking around the nation’s charity shops. The same is true of singles: their value is driven almost solely by rarity.

Genres that hold their value well include psychedelia, progressive rock and soul. To my surprise, britpop albums are among the most valuable. Pulp’s 1995 masterpiece different class would be around £85 if in mint condition. My much-played copy is valued at a still impressive £45.

My copies of massive attack’s protection, DJ shadow’s entroducing and cornershop’s when I was born for the 7th time are how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar each worth about £30. The jewel in the crown of my collection is a how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar promotional vinyl copy of the white stripes’ get behind me satan, of which only 300 copies were made in 2005. One was sold by flashback records in december for £150.

There is dross among my records too. Chart hits 81 volume 1, a 1981 compilation featuring bill wyman’s si si je suis un rock star, has a median value of 97 pence on discogs. I suspect I would be lucky to get even that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar much. But a gratifying quantity of my albums have held their how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar worth despite heavy usage. Prince’s lovesexy — technically my wife’s copy — has a sticker on the front showing she paid £5.99 for it in 1988 at HMV. It is now worth about £15, a sum that has kept pace with inflation — not bad for a mass-produced artefact of 30 years ago.

I do not have any records that are worth serious how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar money. The first UK pressing in 1971 of david bowie’s the man who sold the world, whose cover shows bowie reclining on a chaise longue in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a woman’s dress, can fetch £1,000 in mint condition. A first pressing of pink floyd’s dark side of the moon could expect the same.

My collection is full of solid performers (and the 97p one with bill wyman). Overall its value is about £5,000. Although only if I sold the records myself. If I flogged the lot to flashback records I could how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar expect 40 per cent of the retail value. Vinyl is a good investment, but a tricky asset to dispose of.

My records have proved profitable, not only in hours of listening pleasure but also in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar retaining much of the capital spent assembling them. Unfortunately the same cannot be said about the format that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar I own in far greater numbers — compact discs.

“from now on, the conventional record player is obsolete,” the electronics firm philips boasted when it unveiled the world’s first CD player in 1982. Discs were marketed as indestructible, a sci-fi mechanism for playing music involving the use of that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar great token of 1980s futurity, the laser. But we shouldn’t have believed the hype.

CDs have fallen from grace. The futuristic musical wonder of 1982 has become today’s landfill. Sales are plummeting, both new and second-hand. There are no pleasurable frissons of smugness when I confront how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar the value of my own cds. Viewed purely as an investment, I should have cashed out several years ago.

“if they were in a collection we’d probably be looking to pay 30p each if they how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar were in a reasonable state, where once it would have been at least £1,” says rob lythall of VIP record fairs, a leicester-based company that organises record fairs around the UK. That would give my stock of 1,250 discs a weedy valuation of about £450. I could expect similar for the thousands of more basic how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar promo cds I also own.

It is not quite game over yet. “the market lies in specialist areas like folk, reggae, blues, soul or heavy metal,” mr lythall says. “certain genres where there’s a small collecting market, not big enough for record labels to do reissues — cds are still just about holding their own there.”

Hit albums are worth almost nothing, however. “any oasis cds, you may as well chuck in a tip,” mr lythall says (he speaks as a fan). Whereas my 1993 vinyl copy of nirvana’s nevermind is worth about £50, I’d be fortunate to sell the CD version from the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar same date for £2.

The small round shiny discs with their fragile plastic cases how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar lack the tangible appeal of vinyl. No one has ever really clasped the CD to their how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar heart, apart from scarecrows in fields wearing them to dazzle birds. But perhaps future generations will see them differently. “we never thought vinyl would come back and it has,” says mr lythall. “no one’s an expert any more. It’s just see what happens.”

A near-obsolete music format provides a faint shred of hope. In 1989, 83m albums were sold in the form of cassette tapes how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar in the UK. By 2004, the equivalent figure was 900,000. Yet in recent years the cassette has staged something of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar a lazarus-like recovery. It has become a cult object, a retro-chic token of the 1980s. Sales are rising from their near-extinct base. Last year there were 174,000 cassette album sales in the US, up from 129,000 in 2016.

Cassettes were once my main source of music. I still have them. Even though the tape player was junked years ago, I haven’t been able to bring myself to part with them. The likes of U2’s unforgettable fire and the beastie boys’ licensed to ill are packed away in boxes in my how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar house, their magnetic tape slowly corroding.

“standard albums by well-known bands we can still sell for a couple of how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar quid,” mr burgess of flashback records says. “cassettes don’t age well.” the cassettes in my collection are worth about £100. Their value is not declining at the moment, but nor is it likely to increase. They will not be a nest egg for my children. But I still won’t be getting rid of them.

Currently it is worth nothing: digital property laws do not permit me to resell the how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar albums and songs I have bought online. I can’t complain too much as I’ve only spent about £350 on them (I am sent hundreds of MP3 albums a year by how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar record labels). But it is galling if you have spent large sums how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar creating a digital library. You do not own it in the same way that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar you own records and cds.

Online marketplace redigi wants to redress the balance. Based in the US, its ambition is to allow people to sell second-hand digital goods — ebooks, albums, films, whatever — as they do unwanted vinyl and dvds. Only officially purchased files can be sold. “you can see in the atomic structure of a file how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar whether it is legitimate or not,” explains mark nair, redigi’s president, speaking by skype from his home in amarillo, texas.

ReDigi launched in 2011, initially focusing on music. Unusually the pricing model includes a commitment to pay rights how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar holders when their work gets resold. “if you sold me a song and I sold that how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar song to someone else, the initial creator of that song still gets a piece how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar of all of those sales,” mr nair explains. “it’s different from a used bookstore or a used record how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar store.”

Within months of starting up, however, redigi was hit by a lawsuit from capitol records alleging how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar copyright infringement. The judge found in favour of the record label in how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar 2013. ReDigi appealed in a case heard last august. The appeal court’s decision is due any day.

Mr nair and his colleagues are ready to resume work how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar if the appeal goes their way. “it has been a little ugly up to this point how to get rid of ants in the house vinegar but I’m pretty confident that we’re going to be great coming out of this,” he says. Until then, digital music must remain an investment black hole.

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