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    Smile So what did you get for Christmas?

    cds? dvds?

    tell, tell

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    Nothing....
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    Only the Tosca DVD I gave to myself.

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    Received:

    (With personal signed dedication from Miss Radvanovsky)




    Given:



    (I had to dig deep to find some he didn't already have.)

    ...and courtesy of of the $3 (!?!) discount bin at the used record store:



    Also:
    Verdi: Don Carlo - Plácido Domingo (Performer), Montserrat Caballé (Performer), Ruggero Raimondi (Performer), Sherrill Milnes (Performer), Shirley Verrett (Performer), Giovanni Foiani (Performer), Simon Estes (Performer), Ryland Davies (Performer), Giuseppe Verdi (Composer), Carlo Maria Giulini (Conductor) |
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    I got one of these:



    No - not the wig or a new perm. Nor the lycra tights or laid at the mens only hen party.

    My family all clubbed in and got me a baroque flute

    I'm so scared to blow it in case I disturb my landlord though. Can't wait
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    Also given(it was a good year to be on my Christmas list):


    We watched this one Xmas eve. A sweet, if schmaltzy 1950's era Italian docu-drama. Very well-made and particularly well-dubbed into English.


    Anyone know why was this one was so cheaply priced both at Amazon and the used record store?
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    Wow. That reminds me - no one sent me books this year (not that I'm complaining, since at times my book_case feels like it's in my head_case). I think they've decided I've reverted back to being Cro-Magnon man or somewhere in between Australopithecus and Piltdown.

    I guess some seller couldn't find the market after trying to flog it off second hand for a while. Sometimes you get real deals on Amazon's marketplace as a buyer. Not so good for sellers perhaps. I prefer Amazon to Ebay. Every single CD I get from ebay usually has a cracked jewel case. It's a petty thing to grump about, but if you have a collection of 1000 cracked jewel cases, it's not a pretty thought! It's a pain to flag up every single cracked disc I get back to the seller. Pain for him; pain for me.

    Maybe that should be my new year's resolution?

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    I guess this is my first Christmas as a classical music enthusiast and so I'd say it was a good one...






    Its always a good day when your library grows by 35+ discs

    [Edit] whoops: didn't realize this post was for operas...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavaradossi View Post

    Anyone know why was this one was so cheaply priced both at Amazon and the used record store?
    No idea but it was a bargain!

    You did really well in both giving and receiving.
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    I didn't get anything strictly opera-related but I did get Amazon vouchers which I'm sure I can find a use for.
    Ann

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    I guess some seller couldn't find the market after trying to flog it off second hand for a while. Sometimes you get real deals on Amazon's marketplace as a buyer. Not so good for sellers perhaps. Maybe that should be my new year's resolution?
    Yeah, when I came across the those too-good-be-true complete operas in apparently perfect shape in the deep discount bin at our hanger-on used record store, I asked what was wrong with them. The guy said he just already had them all in stock and wanted to move them. I may have to go back for the $3 Lady Macbeth of Mtensk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    Wow. That reminds me - no one sent me books this year (not that I'm complaining, since at times my book_case feels like it's in my head_case). I think they've decided I've reverted back to being Cro-Magnon man or somewhere in between Australopithecus and Piltdown.

    I guess some seller couldn't find the market after trying to flog it off second hand for a while. Sometimes you get real deals on Amazon's marketplace as a buyer. Not so good for sellers perhaps. I prefer Amazon to Ebay. Every single CD I get from ebay usually has a cracked jewel case. It's a petty thing to grump about, but if you have a collection of 1000 cracked jewel cases, it's not a pretty thought! It's a pain to flag up every single cracked disc I get back to the seller. Pain for him; pain for me.

    Maybe that should be my new year's resolution?
    I've never done eBay, so I'm relatively pleased to hear that I wouldn't be missing much, 'cept cracked jewel cases.

    Not that cracked cases don't exist on Amazon Marketplace, amongst liar sellers who overrate their product. I've found it's mostly in the Very Good category, and mostly from the UK. Thankfully, these dishonest sellers are few in number, and can be eliminated from future consideration, without any undue hardship.

    I've noticed one or two of them have improved their acts, since I and others have given them one and two-star ratings. That's what buyers must do to improve the Marketplace. Survival of the fittest rings true here, too.

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    Never done ebay? *shock*!!

    It's fantastic for vinyl LPs which no one can be bothered about, although the heyday is well and truly over now. Current vinyl LP prices are high, and postage is even higher, just for local post.

    Some of the largest companies are the worse ones - like Grooves Inc, based in Switzerland. They are formally outside of the EEC, and undercut all of the European music retailers since they have no VAT to pay. Thus, they pass on the VAT savings in cheaper products, but their CDs are virtually always complete with smashed jewel cases, or the little CD holder teeth all broken off, as they use cheap low grade bubble envelopes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Head_case View Post
    Never done ebay? *shock*!!...

    Some of the largest companies are the worse ones - like Grooves Inc, based in Switzerland. They are formally outside of the EEC, and undercut all of the European music retailers since they have no VAT to pay. Thus, they pass on the VAT savings in cheaper products, but their CDs are virtually always complete with smashed jewel cases, or the little CD holder teeth all broken off, as they use cheap low grade bubble envelopes.
    I guess I'm lucky to still have three brick-and-mortar used record stores in my neighborhood and several more in the greater area. To be honest, my stop there was a bit of last minute desperation, but I did pull in a good haul. All were in great shape, the cases were barely scratched (perhaps that was courtesty of the shop) and all were presentable as gifts, despite being used. I'll have to make a point of being a more regular customer. Another local store recently had a fund-raising party thrown for them by loyal customers as a last ditch effort to just keep the doors open.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Itullian View Post
    cds? dvds?

    tell, tell
    Nothing, except clothing and golf stuff, that I purchased myself in stores. Yes, actual live, breathing, brick 'n mortar stores. I enjoy a few pre and post-Xmas excursions. So does my wife. Opening gifts with things you don't want or need is so sad.

    Buying gifts for others is a crap-shoot. Bottles of booze is about the extent of our giving to others. Of course (you worriers), each alcoholic gift contains legalize that basically says, "Do not do anything stupid during or after imbibing this."

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