Buying and Selling Audiophile Records,
Audiophile CDs and DVDs
We buy and sell Audiophile records,
CDs and DVDs, as well as more movies and music. Founded in 1980,
Princeton Record Exchange is a large independent movie and music
store located in historic, downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia, easily accessible by car, train and bus. Princeton Record
Exchange buys thousands of music and movie collections. We are always
looking to expand our large selection of Audiophile music and other
types of DVDs, CDs, LPs, and games.
Browse through over 60,000 CDs, 60,000
LPs and 10,000 DVDs, including many Audiophile music
CDs, DVDs and Records, at our New Jersey store. We do not currently
list our inventory or sell online because our selection changes
How to sell your Audiophile music!
We are always trying to add to our inventory of used CDs, LPs,
and DVDs. We are happy to offer you a free appraisal for your merchandise.
We buy online and in our Princeton, NJ store.
Listed below are some of the Audiophile artists and labels
we are looking for.
As with everything we buy, there are three ways to get an appraisal
for your merchandise:
- Call us at 609-924-3472 to discuss your collection with an appraiser,
- Bring your collection to our Princeton, NJ store, or
- Describe your collection online at our Sell
Your CDs, Sell
Your Records, or Sell
Your DVDs questionnaire pages.
For large collections we recommend that you give us a call before
listing all your items or visiting us-we might be able to save you
a lot of time!
Selling your Audiophile Records
We typically pay up to $1.00 or more for many Audiophile LPs. However,
we are always looking for sought-after titles, and there are some
rarities that we pay much more for. On the other hand, there are
many LPs that we can not use at all because they are scratched,
weak-sellers, or we have too many of them. We base our offer on
what we expect to resell the item for and its condition. LPs that
are scratched, scuffed, or moldy will get only a fraction of our
There are too many details relating to the LP market to list on
this page. For more specific info, please see our selling
LPs info page, or call us at 609-924-3472 to discuss your collection.
While we buy many CD and DVD collections through the mail, most
LP collections that we buy come from customers that live within
2-3 hours from Princeton, NJ. You are welcome to fill out our sell
records questionnaire or call us to discuss your collection, but
please be aware that most records do not have a high enough
value to make shipping worth while. It is generally best
to bring them to our Princeton, NJ store, but we do recommend that
you speak with one of our appraisers first, or see LP
genres of interest to us and LPs
we have little interest in to make sure we don't waste your
Selling your Audiophile CDs
We typically pay up to $3 for most full length Audiophile
CDs, based on the artist, title and condition. There are thousands
of Audiophile CDs that we are happy to pay $3.00 to $4.00 for, but
we may offer you less than $1.00 for some poor-sellers.
To get top-dollar, the CDs must be in excellent shape; no scratches
on the discs, cracks in the cases, or rips in the liner notes.
Selling your Audiophile DVDs
We pay up to $4.00 per disc for many full-length Audiophile DVDs-less
for DVD singles. As with CDs, when selling DVDs, the discs, liner
notes and cases must be in excellent condition to get full price.
Some Audiophile Music Artists and Labels We Buy and Sell
This is only a partial listing of Audiophile
CDs, Audiophile Records and DVDs. We buy many, many others.
Artists We Are Interested in Buying and Selling
Albert Ammons and Meade Lux Lewis
Ernest Ansermet Composer
Louis Armstrong & Duke Ellington
The Bee Gees
Tony Bennett & Bill Evans
Bill Berry & His Allstars "For Duke"
Blood, Sweat & Tears
Bloomfield, Kooper, Stills-Super Session
Tina Brooks Quintet
Charlie Byrd Trio
Chicago Transit Authority
Nat King Cole Trio
Collins, Cray & Copeland
Commodore Jazz Recordings
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bing Crosby & Buddy Bregman
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Charlie Daniels Band
Derek & the Dominos-Layla
Paul Desmonde Quartet w/ Jim Hall
Anton Dorati Composer
Earth, Wind and Fire
Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Arthur Fiedler Composer
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Judy Garland & Liza Minnelli
Stan Getz& Joao Gilberto
Stan Getz Quintet with Jimmy Raney
Stephan Grappelli & Barney Kessel
Grant Green with Sonny Clark
Howard Hanson Composer
Emmy Lou Harris
It's A Beautiful Day
Rickie Lee Jones
Thad Jones /Mel Lewis
B. B. King
John Lennon & Yoko Ono
Bob Marley & The Wailers
Jackie McLean Sessions
John Cougar Mellencamp
Steve Miller Band
Modern Jazz Quartet
Benny Morton / Jimmy Hamilton
Gerry Mulligan / Paul Desmond Quartet
Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster
Alan Parsons Project
Oscar Peterson Trio
Port of Harlem Jazz Men
Andre Previn & Shelly Manne
Ike Quebec & John Hardee
Simon & Garfunkel
Sir George Solti
Otis Spann / Lightnin' Hopkins Sessions
Cecil Taylor and Buell Neidlinger
Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
Tower of Power
Jeff Wayne-War of the Worlds
Information on Audiophile Labels:
COLUMBIA HALF-SPEED MASTERS - We pay $3.00 &
up for most Columbia artists listed on our rock and jazz buying
1. We pay up to $3 up for most stereo orchestral British Decca
pressings. Most have the prefix "SXL." We pay from $1
to $5 for some non-orchestral titles. The label of the British (U.K.)
LP must say "Made In England." The LP label must also
include the words "Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound"
inside a wide silver band across the center of the label.
2. British pressings with a thinner, 1/4-inch silver band are generally
worth from $1 to $4 per disc to us. Later British pressings and
Deccas from other countries are worth from $1.00 to $3.00 each;
Pressings made in Holland are worth substantially less.
3. For titles with the "SET" prefix (generally box sets)
we generally pay from $1 to $2 per disc.
1. We generally pay from $1.00 to $4.00 each for British EMI stereo
orchestral recordings with ASD prefixes. Boxed sets with the prefixes
SLS or SAN are worth between $1 - $3 per disc to us. Titles with
CSD, ESD or HQS are worth between $1.00 and $3.00.
2. Original pressings contain a little dog inside a little box.
Later pressings contain a much bigger dog and 1/2 the label is black.
We pay approximately 50% of the original price for these later pressings.
3. Most later British, French, or German EMI pressings are generally
worth from 50¢ - $2 per disc to us. Please note: Most "DMM"
or "digitally remastered" titles are worth substantially
less to us. This listing does not include American EMI/Angel titles.
Please consult our Classical Buying List for more information on
Angel LP's that we purchase.
CBS Mastersound LPs (1/2 Speed) - Many major Rock
& Jazz artists, $3.00 to $10.00 each. Most Classical $1.00 to
$3.00 per disc.
Direct Disk Labs LPs (1/2 Speed) - Most major
Rock & Jazz artists $1 and up per disc.
JAPANESE IMPORT PRESSINGS - Most major Rock &
Jazz artists, $3.00 & up per disc.
LONDON "BLUEBACK" RECORDS -
If the back cover of the record has a blue color back, we generally
pay from $1 & up per disc for London stereo orchestral records
in the early "CS 6000" series (CS6000-CS6400). These records
must have the words "Full Frequency Stereophonic Sound"
written on the records as in the Decca LP's discussed above. If
the records are "ffrr" (Full Frequency Range Recordings),
we generally pay 40% of what we pay for the "blueback"
LP's. We pay up to $3.00 for most stereo orchestral records
numbered CS6401-CS7300. The LP label must say "Made In England."
"Blueback" titles with "OS" prefixes are generally
vocal records and are worth substantially less to us.
LYRITA RECORDS -
We pay up to $3.00 for most titles. There are very few non-orchestral
titles on this label. All titles should be stereo, with the prefix
SRCS and should be pressed by Decca or Nimbus. Those with "Nimbus"
pressed into the vinyl are slightly more desirable.
NAUTILUS RECORDS (1/2 Speed) - We pay $1 & up per disc
for many titles.
NIMBUS SUPERCUTS LPS - We pay $1 & up per
disc for many titles.
MERCURY STEREO RECORDS -
1. We pay from $2 - $20 (more for certain titles) for most orchestral
and instrumental pressings with the letters FR (followed by a number)
stamped in the vinyl in the run-on area as part of the matrix number.
For RFR (followed by a number) pressings before SR90300 we pay somewhat
less. We pay $1 - $5 (more for certain titles) for many RFR pressings
from SR90301 to SR90550.
2. For pressings with the word "VENDOR" written below
"Mercury" on the label we pay approximately 50% of our
normal price for early pressings.
3. If the photo strip on the back cover is black and white, we
pay 20% - 40% of our normal prices. If it is also a later pressing
our price may be further reduced.
4. For late pressings where the word Mercury on the top of the
label is in an oval , and the label is in lighter maroon than the
earlier pressings, we pay around 20% of the price that we pay for
5. For late pressings with "M," "CTFR," "CBFR,"
or other "C" prefix stamped in the vinyl, we pay around
10% of the price that we pay for early pressings.
6. Promo Labels: We generally pay the same price as we would for
a stock copy (the labels may be white, pink, yellow, blue, or other
Please feel free to call an audiophile LP appraiser at (609)-924-3472.
MFSL RECORDS (Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1/2 Speed)
- We pay $4.00 & up per disc for most MFSL records, including
the artists listed below.
MOSAIC RECORDS - We pay $6 or more per disc for many Mosaic records. (First Pressings Only)
SWEET THUNDER LPs (1/2 Speed) - We pay $4.00 and
up per disc for many Sweet Thunder audiophile recordings, including
the artists listed below.
RCA LIVING STEREO RECORDS -
1. An RCA "Shaded Dog" Stereo LP (prefix: LSC) may be
identified by a dog centered on the upper part of the label, with
two shades of maroon, the darker maroon shading around the dog.
We pay from $2 - $20 or more each for many desirable stereo orchestral
and instrumental (especially violin and cello recordings) Shaded
Dogs (not Dynagrooves). Opera and vocal titles are worth much less.
2. A "White Dog" has one color only around the dog, slightly
brighter red than the shaded dog color. For Orchestral and Instrumental
White Dogs that are not Dynagroove, we generally pay $1 - $2 for
3. We pay $1 for many orchestral or instrumental "Shaded Dog"
or "White Dog" stereo Dynagroove pressings. The word "Dynagroove"
appears near the bottom of the LP label, as well as on the LP cover.
4. We can buy certain RCA Mono only titles with LM, LHMV, LCT,
and LVT prefixes. We do not buy mono Shaded Dogs or White Dogs when
there is a stereo equivalent (most titles from LM2100 - 2800). Also,
non-dogs and "side dogs (late pressings)" are generally
worth less than $1 per disc to us. Of course there are some exceptions
to the numbering schemes. There are some stereo Shaded Dogs starting
from LSC-1806, with sporadic issues up until LSC-2200; after LSC-2200
almost all titles are available in stereo.
5. We generally pay from $1 to $3 per disc for many stereo orchestral
"RCA Soria "(LDS prefix).
Some Audiophile labels that we buy:
Buying Audiophile Records, Records
and DVDs at our New Jersey store
Please Note: We do not currently list our
inventory or sell online because our selection changes greatly
from day to day. We hope to see you in our unique music store.
Browse through hundreds of Audiophile
CDs, including Elton John, Guns N' Roses, Neil Young and many more.
Prices range mostly from $1.99 to $8.99 for used discs, and $4.99
to $16.99 for most new discs.
We stock over 20,000 CDs priced from
$1.99 to $4.99, including many Audiophile CDs priced under $5 each,
including titles reduced in price that have not sold for a number
of months, budget labels or more obscure Audiophile CDs.
We stock hundreds of Audiophile records, including John Lennon,
Elvis Costello, Bob Marley & The Wailers and many more Audiophile
albums. Most of our Audiophile LPs are priced under $10 each, with
many priced at $1 and $1.99.
Our selection changes daily as we
buy private collections, as well as receive orders from our music
Thank you for your interest in our independent music
store. If you have any questions, please call us at 609-921-0881
or email us at email@example.com.
Some of the Genres We Carry
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