Originally Posted by gamefreak054
For those who still buy cds, where is the cheapest place to do so? Right now I am using a combination of gohastings, ebay, half, and amazon (which rarely happens as they are quite expensive). I want to see if I can find a few albums that are cheaper than $8-10 used that these places are offering. I generally do not pay more than $5 for a used cd unless its something I know I like. Maybe I am just being too stingy.
I buy CD's and I'm always gratified to discover I'm not an anomaly-old school!
With my medium fi system (I don’t have a record player) I still think it sounds better than straight digital even lossless or whatnot. Then, again I don't have all the latest super duper high end DACS etc to make my digital sound as good as I'm sure it could. Digital sounds decent, but CDs generally still have the edge for me w/ a good recording on my dedicated components. Irecently purchased a Rotel integrated amp with a pretty nice Wolfson DAC for digital sources-and it does make a difference with streaming sources for sure. I can stream now and not want to punch a hole in my stereo at least.
Anyway,I'm lucky to have a local new and used CD and record shop in Baltimore not far from me called Record and Tape traders. These kinds of shops still exits in urban markets. They'll often have great sales-buy 2 get third used CD free. It's great for older stuff and sometimes you get lucky. I've been buying a fair amount of non metal and to grab a bunch of rock, jazz, etc. I've been amazed at the sheer volume of great music I've been able to score for $30 or so. With the various discounts, each CD might only come to $3-4.
Now if you want to get a bunch of classic older stuff-good way to go. Problem with metal is most of us want new releases.
I also buy a lot from Amazon and often will wait until the prices drop. For me around or under $10 is decent. If I can get something for $12 or less (at a storefront or w/ shipping from Amazon), I think that's pretty good. You're not going to find something relatively obscure in metal hot off the presses for $5.00. But, I just ordered some new metal at good $ on Amazon for Ocean, Agrimonia, Oranssi Pazuzu (thanks Modular for the suggestion-really looking forward to this one) and Ken Mode.
But, I also buy a good bit from Best Buys. I have about 4-5 Best Buys in the fairly large metro area I drive in. I'm always looking. Now, again, you're not going to find the latest BM that's or something really underground. But, this year I purchased Carass, NIN, the new Black Sabbath, the odd popular DM-Cattle Decapitation....you might find BDM, maybe the new Dark Tranquility or that other DT band Dream Theater or Killswitch-that kind of stuff, and really obvious classic/hard rock-picked up some old AC/DC, Zeppelin and Pink Floyd and stuff. But, if there's a hot metal album that's getting a lot of play you might find it. I've been surprised.
FYE in my area also has used CDs-but their metal selection isn't great. I'll check them out. Some of the stuff you mentioned is older. If I was looking for some older melodeth, I'd deff cruise by FYE or something equivalent.
Edited by markm1 - 12/19/13 at 7:14pm