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(15 replies, posted in reviews)

could I grab the Concealed Blade? if you're keen to shift other stuff I can take Regler, Iron Boris and Henry Fonda but I know I have a bit of a backlog!
Cheers

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I'm selling some huge PA speakers on eBay and listed them as collection only. They're sold as seen, for parts, so no-one has grounds to claim they're broken or not as described and cash would be the easiest way to pay. Discovered because of the eBay-PayPal link you're not allowed to specify "cash on collection only" or even discourage people from using PayPal. And because PayPal's seller protection only applies if you have proof of postage, anyone can pay by PayPal, collect the speakers and open an un-fightable claim for non receipt as soon as they get home

Now someone is messaging me asking outright "can I pay by other methods than cash on collection?". Gonna have to word this one carefully. To explain why cash is best involves telling them exactly how to rip me off.

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The list is called Info Usurpa
usurpa.squat.net

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(57 replies, posted in main forum)

Recent moans:

American buyer purchases moderately expensive LP for which my terms state a price for sending tracked. I invoice. They pay. Then instantly send me a message saying "I misread and didn't realise it was so expensive please refund." Duh.

Buyer buys two CDs in separate transactions. I merge them and only charge postage for one CD since one of the CDs has skinny packaging. When received they tell me that the 99p CD is more of a VG than a VG+ and can I refund 50p of the price. Crowned with a somewhat passive aggressive email in which they say "oh, I'm sure you just got two CDs mixed up or something... Principles are important."

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Onkel Otto is a great punk bar on Bernhard-Nocht-Str. It's pretty near the venue Hafenklang where a lot of punk bands play.
If you're into slightly alternative art Affenfaust was good when I was there. On Paul-Roosen-Strasse.
Fischkopp Plattenshop was my fav record shop on Marktstrasse, lots of interesting punk stuff and they gave me advice on what was going on (I speak a bit of German though)

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(32 replies, posted in main forum)

Was reading Bernhard's "Gargoyles" on the tube when an overfriendly American lady started asking what I was reading. I made some effort to downplay the bleakness in my description but I don't think it worked. I really like "Old Masters" and "Wittgenstein's Nephew".

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Tedious discogs technicalities gripe:

guy in Australia buys a £15 7", then says "oh, I have an old address on Paypal, can you send to [new address 1]": the Discogs-listed address looks similar at a glance to [new address 1] so I say sure, but on writing it out on the package I realise it is different - "road" instead of "street": check my T&Cs properly since I now have 3 possible addresses and realise: I should only ever send to the Paypal address if I want any protection beyond leaving negative feedback.

I ask the seller [feedback rating of 100% on 2 transactions] if they're ok with me refunding, so then they can change their reg'd Paypal address and redo transaction. No reply. Reminder. No reply. Hmmm. Sketchiness intensifies. Perhaps time to refund and block

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Great, cheers! Actually had another trawl through and noticed some more bits I'd be up for, if you want to get em shifted:

SHITTY FRIENDS
SCHWUND
SKY:LARK
BENSIINI

That ok, and would you need more postage?
Cheers

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Hiya - am up for these:

ULTHA
VAASKA
DARK BLUE
DRUX / VEUVE SS

Cheers
Alex

btw, did you get the UNFRITH tape I sent for review?

Warsong is a punk rock band from Zaragoza (Spain), this is their 2nd Uk Tour and they're coming to Leeds!!
They've been touring across Europe and even Japan in the last years and are bringing a new LP "Control" which is released in Europe, Japan and USA by different record labels: Too Circle (Japan), Dirt Cult (USA), Sabotage (Germany).

At Santiago Bar in the Grand Arcade, Weds 10 August, doors 7.30pm, £5 in

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1743070075975182/

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Coud I take CUNTROACHES, NEARLY DEAD, PISS VORTEX, HEBOSAGIL, OPCION and NIKKI LOUDER
Cheers
Alex

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I'm just starting to use Discogs after selling records on eBay for years.

Ebay's listing pages take quite a while to fill in and navigate. I always had pictures of the actual item on there, which added another bunch of time. They charge insertion fees as well as final value fees - IIRC it's 35p an item insertion fee and 10% of the total paid (they now take 10% of the postage you charge as well)
Discogs is a breeze to list things on in comparison. You enter search terms and then choose which of their database records corresponds to the record. You can't upload your own picture and just describe condition in a short text. This makes it MUCH quicker. There is no insertion fee and they take 8% of the total paid. It's also helpful in that you can see a sales history for your item with average, highest and lowest prices.

One way you can pay fewer fees on eBay is to use their seller offers. I'm not sure if every seller gets these or if it's only for people who have good seller ratings, but every now and then (roughly every 2 weeks but with unexplained gaps and changes to the offers) they would give you the chance to list 100 items without insertion fees. They also allow you the same deal for 20 items a month every month. So I'd keep a rolling pile of about 100 things which I would re-list when the offers came in.

Obviously on eBay there is potential for you to get more than your starting price, unlike Discogs. But you have to go through the hassle of re-listing stuff often. I would usually list on eBay for around the lowest Discogs price and things often took a lot of tries to shift, and it was relatively rare to get more than one bid. I wasn't generally selling super rare or desirable stuff though.

eBay has a lot more users - 150 million regular users compared to 3 million on Discogs was a figure I read. But I don't know what proportion of people browse the records on eBay.

I haven't experienced any dealings with Discogs' complaints and returns or feedback yet. There was a complaint thread a while back on here about Discogs "punishers" being a pain in the ass (insanely fussy, a million questions, making ridiculous offers on stuff). I found the eBay system around items not being as described relatively reasonable, although if a buyer wants to fuck you over on eBay the system is stacked in their favour somewhat. Just selling punk records I found that most people I dealt with were reasonable. Royal Mail "lost" many more packages from me to other people than the other way around -  but I just had to put that down to a few bad apples.

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Footprint Workers' Co-op - we like doing cassette packaging:
http://footprinters.co.uk/

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Just paypal'd over the postage - cheers!

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I'm not a big fan of the Dome myself.
They have bouncers who are usually surly and can be rude.
There is no readmission - once you're in, if you leave you can't return.
Drink selection used to be super generic. They had some more interesting stuff last time I was there but it sold out fast.
Sound quality has been variable and some bands get a bit lost on the big stage, drum riser etc.

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Could I take these?

THE HI-LITES
NERVOUS TWITCH
ASHTAR
TERRA TENEBROSA

Cheers
Alex

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Bis Aufs Messer - very good record shop in Friedrichshain
Across the other side of F'hain Hops and Barley is a great bar that brew their own, and it's very tasty

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Year in gigs:
PRAG, NO, PERSPEX FLESH, NO FORM Temple of Boom, Leeds
COLD FELL, DENIM AND LEATHER Star and Garter, Manchester
PLEBEIAN GRANDSTAND, MOUNTAINS CRAVE Santiago's, Leeds
DAMAGED HEAD Temple of Boom
SYSTEMATIK Lughole, Sheffield
BISMUTH Santiago's
SCREAMING TOENAIL, TRASH KIT, COMMISERATIONS Power Lunches (Bent Fest), London
PIÑEN, DAWN OF HUMANS Casa de Joves, Roquetes, Barcelona
TORCHE Belgrave, Leeds
ANTI RITUAL VeB, Lübeck
AJAX Hafenklang, Hamburg
MAAILMANLOPPU Hafenklang
LAPINPOLTHAJAT, BARCELONA, DIE K-Town Fest, Copenhagen
VEXX, HOUSE OF JOHN PLAYER Wharf Chambers, Leeds
CLOUD RAT, MOLOCH Temple of Boom
WAR ALL THE TIME The Grove, Leeds
RULETA RUSA, GOLDEN PELICANS Bei Ruth, Berlin
HURE Abstand, Berlin
WARCRY Tommy-Weißbecker-Haus, Berlin
FLESH WORLD Temple of Boom
LA MISMA Temple of Boom
MOLOCH Stuck on a Name, Nottingham
WODE Wharf Chambers
SUDOR, BLAZING EYE (second set) Static Shock Fest
SHEER MAG Lughole
LYNCHED Heart Centre, Leeds
MGLA, MISTHYRMING The Dome, London

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Interested - I play guitar, have a bunch of slow, heavy songs from a previous project which never came together...
I'm at micahjensen (at) yahoo (dot) com

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Think they're pushing a city-based campsite this year but will investigate options closer to the time...

A number of people have mentioned a sort of friendly community atmosphere, which I'm totally down with. The biggest thing I've been to for many years has been K-Town. That's about the kind of "grown-up" I'd be aiming for - where people party pretty hard but have a general idea of their limits and know how to avoid the darker side of excess, and generally try to be cool to each other. Not so down with teenage testosterone fests, people shitting themselves, heaps of drug casualties, pissing in tents etc. If that kind of thing happens I guess I'll just steer a wide berth...

What sort of bad experiences did you have at Hellfest?

Think the diversification is going to work for me personally - in fact many of the names that tempted me in years past were more on the black metal side of things

One thing I'm curious about - on various of the previous Wikipedia year entries it mentions tickets selling out in half an hour. Any idea if it was just more popular then / if they expanded the venue for greater capacity / what that's about? Obvs I just picked mine up a month and a half after they went on sale

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So I've just booked myself a ticket to Roadburn 2016... never been before, no idea if anyone I know is going...
Mostly excited about ORANSSI PAZUZU, G.I.S.M. and NEUROSIS but lots of unfamiliar names to investigate on the lineup...
Who's been before, and anyone going this year?

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I've been interested in learning drums for a while. How about meeting up for a chat?
Alex