Who uses LaLa?
Feb 16, 2007 at 6:53 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 25

Digitalbath3737

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So I recently found out about LaLa. It's a place online where you trade CDs. They send you prepaid envelopes for the CDs you'd like to send out. Then you only pay $1 for each CD you receive, plus $0.75 for shipping. So basically it's free to send CDs and only $1.75 to receive.

Sounds great. Of course the downside is you have to wait for albums you want to be available for trade. So it's not instant gratification. So have yet to actually pull the trigger. I wanted to hear from people who have experience with Lala.
 
Feb 16, 2007 at 8:04 PM Post #2 of 25

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I use it, and would definitely recommend at least signing up. The service is not perfect in that it seems many of the albums I want the most don't get sent to me, and that in general the CDs I receive are in slightly worse condition than the mint ones I trade from my own collection.

The upsides though are that really you should only ever need to send out CDs you don't really want, and that you only will receive CDs you personally specify as 'wanted.'

Additionally, it is a pretty cool community. There are a ton of super nice people, and pretty much anytime I message someone about a new artist, or what CD by X is best to get after hearing some of album A I get a thoughtful response. It is fun to be a part of a community of music lovers.
 
Feb 16, 2007 at 8:18 PM Post #3 of 25

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i accidently pulled the trigger (I entered in my credit card number, just to be prepared) so automatically they sent me a cd off my want list and a shipping kit. Which is pretty cool. Plus I like that you have the option to ship out only what you want to get rid of.

This defaintly going to save me alot of money. I figured the cost to get all the cds on my want list is going to be about $127.75.... which is deafintly better than getting them from amazon. Now I just have to hope that the cds I want are available.
 
Feb 16, 2007 at 8:29 PM Post #4 of 25

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i liked it at first, but i'm starting to go sour on it a bit.

first of all, it seems like no one wants the CDs i have left on my have list, so movement has slowed to a trickle.

secondly, there's no control over which release or version you prefer. i had requested a couple of SACDs, but received the regular CD (both of which i already had). LaLa's policy is that they can't guarantee this, so i screwed myself by failing to read the fine print.

thirdly, it seems like other members will add the same CD to their have list many times over... artificially inflating their list and i suppose making it more likely that they'll get the trade.
 
Feb 16, 2007 at 9:03 PM Post #5 of 25

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I just signed up. I wish there was a way to require specific versions and artwork. I'd be willing to pay more for shipping if jewel boxes/digipaks and full artwork could be required. That said, I've put some hard to find out of print stuff on my want list so it will be interesting to see if I ever get anything shipped to me.
 
Feb 16, 2007 at 9:21 PM Post #6 of 25

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...I've put some hard to find out of print stuff on my want list so it will be interesting to see if I ever get anything shipped to me.


none of the hard to find stuff i've added to my want list has shown up. it's all been the more mainstream stuff.

it actually got to the point that i removed everything that wasn't hard to find, because i'd rather wait for that stuff than burn all my trades on stuff i could just pick up on my own.
 
Feb 16, 2007 at 10:57 PM Post #7 of 25

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it actually got to the point that i removed everything that wasn't hard to find, because i'd rather wait for that stuff than burn all my trades on stuff i could just pick up on my own.


That's how I'm trying to use it. If I can't be sure I'm going to get Album Art, etc. I'm only really interested in using it to get CDs I can't find at my local used CD store.
 
Feb 17, 2007 at 4:44 AM Post #8 of 25

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No CD cases!?!? Nevermind, LaLa is not for me
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Feb 17, 2007 at 6:04 AM Post #9 of 25

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No CD cases!?!? Nevermind, LaLa is not for me
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They send you envelopes and small cd holders you're supposed to ship in - they encourage including the CD booklet. I was trying to fit a digipak into the included envelopes and it just won't fit. No chance to get a jewelbox in the envelope.
 
Feb 17, 2007 at 6:08 AM Post #10 of 25

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I kinda like you LaLa...aw shucks.
Really though, I use it to keep a running list of those cd's I always want to pick up but never actually do...mostly they're good 'uns though. I've recently received: X "Los Angeles", Nina Nastascia "Blackened Sky", Robert Wyatt "Cuckooland", Opeth "Damnation", Lisa Germano "Geek The Girl", Red Red Meat "JimmyWine Majestic", Grateful Dead "Workingman's Dead" ... a bunch of stuff I've been wanting forever! Not many people want my 'Have List' so it's pretty slow but, what the hell. Every week or two, I get a cd in the mail for under $2 that I totally want. Good deal and the more people who participate, the more music is in circulation.

EDIT: people are pretty cool and often include the tray liners along with album art...throw it in an empty jewel case and you're good to go.
 
Feb 18, 2007 at 4:24 AM Post #12 of 25

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I've stopped using it for similar reasons that VicAjax said.

I've only received one moderately hard to find CD, and of the CDs I've received not one had artwork. I've always made it a point to send the inserts/booklets, so I just gave up.

With used record stores, internet stores it's not hard to find most common CDs for less than $5. It's the out of print stuff that costs a lot (which I'd never get off lala).
 
Feb 18, 2007 at 5:06 PM Post #13 of 25

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I find lala to be a great place to trade CDs I don't like. And if you are patient and don't put stuff in your want list just for the sake of receiving a CD, you can get some good stuff both old (e.g. Melchior/Traubel/Toscanini Ring selections) and new (like Jennifer Koh Bartok/Szymanovsky Cedille CD). The problem I got is that after sending out 28 CDs in 8 months, I am running out of CDs I am willing to ship...
 
Feb 19, 2007 at 12:22 AM Post #14 of 25

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I'm finding that the more interesting CD's that I'm trying to run down are not becoming available. I'm also running out of stuff that I wish to part with.
 
Feb 19, 2007 at 8:05 PM Post #15 of 25

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I'm finding that the more interesting CD's that I'm trying to run down are not becoming available. I'm also running out of stuff that I wish to part with.


Yeah, like VicAjax said, my shipments to others have really slowed down.

One thing though is that I've received and shipped digipacks a few times and they fit OK. One of them I used tape to close the envelope since the adhesive strip would have been partially on the CD otherwise.
 

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