The Mothers of Invention “Cruising With Ruben & The Jets” LP. I am going to listen to records all day today. The past few weeks have been busy. The old lady started her career, my little sister got married, and I was under the weather. Time to start enjoying some record spinning now! Not my favorite Mothers album as a whole but it has a lot of truly superb tracks that I adore. This is one of the albums that I think actually sounds just as good or better with FZ’s 80’s update/remaster with the new drum & bass tracks. It generally works because it is a doo wop/pop album. #LP #Vinyl #Records #TheMothersOfInvention #CruisingWithRubenAndTheJets #Zappa #FZ #FrankZappa #TheMothers
Here, have 3 hours of my favorite Queers songs.
Over the past few months I did my best to rid myself of the majority of few cassette tapes I still owned. I put up a few lots of 25-30 tapes based on genre and sold them for very reasonable prices (i.e. 29 tape lot for $30, free shipping) so that everybody was a winner. However, I have come to find tape buyers are annoying.
First instance was a guy who bought a Frank Zappa 5 tape lot never paid up after two weeks. While everybody likes to be paid ASAP, I’m a pretty patient dude if you bother communicating with me. Just drop me a line shortly after auction ends or you’ve used the Buy It Now option saying “Hey, I’m really excited to buy this item and I plan on paying this coming Friday when I get paid. Hope that isn’t a problem” or something similar, letting the seller know you are cognizant of the fact that you are deviating from the online buying norm of not paying immediately.
So anyhow, after waiting two weeks and opening an unpaid item case with the buyer never once bothering to contact me in any way, I closed the case and relisted the item.
The only problem was that I forgot to add the guy to my blocked buyer list and he went and bought the item again! Luckily that time he paid up immediately.
The next case was some fellow who bought a lot of 25 industrial/metal cassette tapes at the end of August for $24.99, free shipping. Apparently one of the tapes was missing. The vast majority of these cassettes came from a buddy of mine and I somehow missed that one tape was missing. An honest mistake. This Saturday, well over a month after the guy got his tapes, I get a neutral feedback that says “Rad tapes, but one of the tapes was not there. One of the reasons I bought em.”
Ok, here’s a novel concept; if something isn’t as expected with your order, why not send the seller a message detailing the perceived problem or error BEFORE leaving any kind of feedback and chances are the seller will do their best to work with you to rectify the issue.
Unfortunately, this neutral feedback over a month after the fact was the FIRST instance I heard of anything being wrong with this fellow’s order.
Shit like this is why I’m dreading going back to listing cheaper vinyl this coming week. I’ve found that I run into more unreasonable and idiotic people selling cheaper media than when I’m working with high end vinyl.
Like, I sell a guy a $50 classical record that I deem to be NM but guy who buys $50 classical record feels the playback on his ultra high end system isn’t NM, so instead of just leaving random neutral feedback, he sends a message explaining his discontent.
While I may not wholly agree with him, I work with the guy to make it right, get the record back, refund him X amount we agreed to prior to him sending the record back, everybody is happy. We end up doing business again in the future, and I re-sell the record to someone else for the same price. Everybody wins. Buyer is happy. Seller is happy. No shit feedback is left.
Conversely, the last time I got negative feedback, which was many years ago, was from some person who bought a record for $0.01 + $3 S/H, didn’t pay for over 10 days after the auction ended and then left negative feedback because they didn’t have their record in hand 4 days after remittance of payment.
And this is why I put off selling my cheaper vinyl over the past 5 years. Vinyl that is graded in the same way as the records I sell that make me far more money and waste far less of my time yet the buyers are so much harder to work with…
Sometimes it seems the quality of buyers is directly correlated with the price of the record and they are easier to work with even if they are generally more demanding.
Funny how that goes.
There’s something so magical about mid-90’s Queers.