CD Price Guide
Follow these three easy steps to find the value of CD-ROMS using Discogs, the largest physical music Database on the internet. Discogs is a user-generated Database with more than 12 million unique releases of music listed. It’s also a Marketplace where users can buy and sell CDs, vinyl records, tapes and more music formats. Discogs is committed to being open source, which includes making sales data public. You can determine the current value of a CD based on recent verified sales in one of the largest CD marketplaces in the world.
Step 1: Identify The CD Version
Most albums have been released more than once on CD-ROM, resulting in different release versions.</p
For example, Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black has been released nearly 100 times on CD. Many are slightly different from each other. For example the CD could be from a unique label, distant release country, have bonus material, or contain another slight difference. Some of these CD releases sell for hundreds of dollars and some are worth less than $5.
If the CD has a barcode, scan it with the Discogs App to find it immediately. If there is no barcode, look for a Catalog Number, often found on the back cover of the CD case, or search using the album name.
We have a full guide for identifying information on a CD if the Catalog Number is not clear.
Step 2: Navigate To The Discogs Release Page
Once you have identified your CD’s release version, you will need to search for it on Discogs.
If you have a Catalog Number, type it into the search bar. If not, start with the album title and narrow it down from there.
Use the Explore page to search through the more than 12 million records and other music formats indexed.
Step 3: Find Prices In The Statistics Section
If you’re on a computer, look at the right hand side of the page. On smartphones, you will need to click on the Statistics heading to view sales data.
Provided will be the Lowest, Median and Highest amounts the version has been sold for on Discogs.
By clicking on the Last Sold date you can view the full CD sales data, along with a chart to track price trends over time.
Shortcut For More Than One CD-ROM
If you have more than one CD to evaluate, try using the Discogs Collection tool. Instead of having to keep track of your music collection manually, you can simply click the Add to Collection button on the release version, which will drop it into your Collection. You can also mark items for sale directly from your Collection.
The Collection tool will also:
– Help you search through and organize your CDs
– Give you the estimated value of your whole collection
– Provide quick access to detailed information about your CDs and other formats of music
– Show insight about what your collection says about you
– Allow tracking on the condition* of your individual CDs
– Use the Collection export feature to download a CSV for insurance purposes.
* Pro-Tip: Condition is a major factor for the valuation of your collection, so grade each CD accurately.
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