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I've asked this before but what is "extremely conservative" grading ?

I've looked at CS's auctions and most don't get over VG+ and many are less.

Is his VG+ others' M- ?

I don't buy anything on US Ebay described as below M-/NM/VG++.

Any fussy collectors on here who can say they've bought off CS [or others mentioned] and been pleasantly surprised ?

 

 

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I've bought a few things and always been pleased and happy that they were in top condition even when described as VG. While I wouldn't class myself as fussy as I don't mind something that has had "a bit of a life", I do expect to get what's described at the very least. CS has always under- promised and over delivered. 

With regard to the bidder who seems to be on lot's of the items, the picture is as below. Sometimes folks send records to certain dealers to sell on their behalf. The original owner owner could be tempted to fire in a few bids which the dealer listing would not have been directly responsible for. I'm not saying that is the case here....(45 bid retractions !!!). Some folks just like certain dealers.

 

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As a consignee you have to sign a legal agreement/contract to not bid on your own stuff or instruct third parties to with the express intention of only driving the price up & not winning.

Yes their grading is visual based & conservative. Soundclips are included for full transparency.

I have four things up this round:

Lively Set

Syndicate Of Sound Inc

Elder William Smith

Protein Bros

I will 100% not be bidding on my own stuff!!

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9 minutes ago, Kris Holmes said:

As a consignee you have to sign a legal agreement/contract to not bid on your own stuff or instruct third parties to with the express intention of only driving the price up & not winning.

Yes their grading is visual based & conservative. Soundclips are included for full transparency.

I have four things up this round:

Lively Set

Syndicate Of Sound Inc

Elder William Smith

Protein Bros

I will 100% not be bidding on my own stuff!!

Interesting. But what I don't get, is why people would send a consignment of records to a dealer to sell on Ebay for them, what is the benefit of doing that. Why not just list them yourself?  A genuine question, what is the reason, any ideas anyone?

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4 minutes ago, Tai-Pan said:

Interesting. But what I don't get, is why people would send a consignment of records to a dealer to sell on Ebay for them, what is the benefit of doing that. Why not just list them yourself?  A genuine question, what is the reason, any ideas anyone?

Because of reach. Carolina Soul is one of the biggest out there, with a loyal following. You could list the same record as they have, at the same time, and the chance is high there's will sell for a fair chunk more - mainly because theyve built a good business, theyre great sellers (descriptions, scans, clips, shipping, packaging, quality of stock). So people look out for their auctions - people like all of us - and start threads on other sites about them 😁 Free traffic drivers!

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7 hours ago, modernsoulsucks said:

I've asked this before but what is "extremely conservative" grading ?

I've looked at CS's auctions and most don't get over VG+ and many are less.

Is his VG+ others' M- ?

I don't buy anything on US Ebay described as below M-/NM/VG++.

Any fussy collectors on here who can say they've bought off CS [or others mentioned] and been pleasantly surprised ?

 

 

Yes, I’m a fussy collector and have been very pleased with the records from Carolina Soul. When the grading is conservative, you usually end up more than pleased. One thing I have noticed though is there are more records likely to be on consignment appearing - the grades of these are a little lower than in previous auctions suggesting dealers are unloading well-used records in the hope of earning a higher return.

A problem that can occur with records auctioned on behalf of another party is shiv bidding... This is common on eBay and particularly affects rare records that simmer slowly before the snipers get stuck in. A look at the bidder’s history reveals whether they are selective in their targets, keen to get publicity by making dozens of low bids or plain dodgy by withdrawing loads of bids.

Generally speaking, I have found the big U.S.A. dealers to be excellent in all respects.

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Carolina Soul are top notch. I went into their brick-and-mortar store last year and it turns out that they are also extremely cool people. I bought about $200 worth of records (mostly gospel) and they threw in a couple cheapies and a t-shirt for free! can't beat that.

It is in downtown Durham (if you are ever out that way).   

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On 13/06/2018 at 10:09, Tai-Pan said:

Interesting. But what I don't get, is why people would send a consignment of records to a dealer to sell on Ebay for them, what is the benefit of doing that. Why not just list them yourself?  A genuine question, what is the reason, any ideas anyone?

The amount of exposure plain & simple. Carolina Soul has a following and valuable reputation with good business tactics and practices. There isn't anything to worry about CS and his crew. In the worst case scenario, if something happens to a record from an auction you won they'll take care of it.

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The consignment deal is attractive to those who don't have the time or don't want to bother with eBay and all of it's trappings and occasional headaches. For those of us who do choose to sell ourselves, CS presents an interesting set of issues. While they do command higher prices than most anyone else gets, it's not likely enough to make up the consignment percentage when we can do the work ourselves. However, we have to fight for the same sets of eyeballs, which means sometimes we feel like we're just wholesaling records or giving them away. Then again, I personally still have instances where I am getting higher bids on eBay than the same record that I've had sitting for a set price on Discogs for weeks. I guess in that way it all evens out. CS does a great job at what they do, no doubt. I've bought from them as well and certainly would again. Savvy shoppers will know to look beyond *just* what they offer though. 

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