Smashed Vinyl's Elly Bailey ponders on the question of whether it is worth selling her CD collection and asks will there ever be a CD revolution similar to that we have seen with vinyl?
So the other day I was flicking through the back pages of the NME (yes I still read the NME, and am constantly getting teased for it, but c’mon it’s a free music magazine and I am a poor music student, so it works well for me), and I came across an advert from The Sound Machine, (an independent record store in Reading), that said they were looking to buy people's collections of vinyl’s but also CDs.
I received a record player from my parents last Christmas, and I’ve absolutely loved it. Since I received it I’ve been building up my own personal collection of vinyl’s, finding my favourite albums, managing to buy them second hand and then making lists of the next albums I want to get. One of the things I’ve loved most about vinyl is the fact that you just put it on and let it play through, unless you can be bothered with the hassle, there’s no skipping songs. This means that you can just leave it playing in the background while you get on with whatever else you need to do, unlike when I play music from my phone, where I constantly find myself going back to change the song.
I’ve been building my vinyl collection for 4 months now, and don’t even want to think about how much money has gone into it, but it’s something I wouldn’t dream of selling.
However when I noticed The Sound Machine advert was also interested in buying collections of CDs, my first thought was great! I have a huge collection of CDs that haven’t been touched in years, in fact I don’t even think I have a CD player anymore, I can sell these and earn a bit of extra money.
But then I realised that this is what must have happened back in the 90s, when Vinyl was on it’s way out. People were given the opportunity to sell their collections for a bit of extra money and took it, because they were out of fashion, they were impractical, and there were new ways of accessing music that were taking over. And it’s these same people that are now regretting their choice to sell their records and are buying them back again, due to the ‘Vinyl Revolution,’ of the past few years.
And this left me wondering will there ever be a ‘CD Revolution’? Will it ever become cool again to own and use CDs? Will this become the next revival of a vintage trend? And one day in the future will my children receive a CD player as a Christmas present; in the same way I received a record player as a Christmas present?
Despite what people think CD sales are actually still pretty high, mainly due to the sudden increase of people buying them for others as presents around Christmas, and of course CDs still have their uses, for example my sister and I love to play CDs in her car. Although CDs haven’t completely gone out of fashion, it is clear that the popularity of them has seriously decreased in the past few years.
So should I hold onto my CD collection and eventually become annoyed at the amount of space they take up? Or should I sell my CD collection and possibly regret the decision in 20 years from now?