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Where's the weirdest place you've ever found CDs for sale? I'm talking some place where you wouldn't ordinarily expect to find CDs. I know Dan mentioned in one of his "CD Sniper" scrounge reports a while back that he noticed a lot of used furniture stores (?) in his area seemed to always have a bunch of old CDs laying around (as well as porn, haha) and I thought of that report when I had the following experience. I think I may have just found the weirdest place in New Jersey to buy CDs....

 

The other day I broke a part off of my electric shaver (it fell off the bathroom counter) so I checked the Norelco web site about how to get a replacement part. I gave them my ZIP code and it gave me a list of "authorized service centers" in my area, one of which was in Denville (about five minutes from where I work), so I drove over there on my lunch break today to check it out. I wasn't familiar with the town at all but they have a pretty nice retro-looking little main street with lots of little shops and restaurants. I thought it looked kinda like "Bedford Falls" from "It's A Wonderful Life," I could totally see Jimmy Stewart running down the middle of the street in a snowstorm going "MERRY CHRISTMAS!" Haha.

 

Anyway, the store turned out to be a dusty little shop that also sells and repairs vacuum cleaners and other small electronic stuff (with a little old lady behind the counter) but I noticed when I drove by that the sign outside also said "RECORD AND TAPE SHOP." I was like "Oh, cool!" So I got the part I needed to fix my shaver and then browsed around the (very small and VERY dusty) selection of CDs that took up one corner of the store.

 

I wish I could tell you that this place turned out to be a totally brutal underground metal source but unfortunately I didn't turn up anything interesting at all, I just thought it was a hell of a weird place to find CDs. Haha. The only remotely "hard rock" or metal things that I found were a few Def Leppard CDs, one Extreme disc ("WAITING FOR THE PUNCHLINE" no less...with a price tag of $14.98 to boot. No wonder it looked like it had been sitting there since it was a new release...) and some Bon Jovi. I was like "Wow, not even any AC/DC or KISS? Good grief!" The bulk of the selection was mainly country music, pop or radio rock from the 90s (Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., Green Day, etc.) so I would assume that this store hasn't rotated their stock in a LONG while. There was a HUGE well stocked rack of "IRISH MUSIC" CDs and DVDs right in the middle of the store that looked like it was well maintained though. (???) They even had some vinyl (I noticed a little rack with a bunch of Christmas albums on it, know anyone who wants a Perry Como Christmas LP? It was only 3 bucks! Haha) and a bunch of 45s (!) on a bottom shelf. I was running out of time so I split without checking any of the vinyl out. No big deal, somehow I doubt I missed out on any metal treasures....

 

So where's the weirdest place that YOU'VE ever found CDs for sale? Did you make any finds?

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A couple summer's ago, I stopped in a take out fish market to pick up some clams and shrimp for a barbecue, and as I was waiting I noticed a big box of cd's on the floor, mosty oldies and Xmas stuff, there was 3 or 4 sealed longboxes of the New Kids on the Block xmas cd, I asked the guy what he was selling the cd's for, he said a buck a piece, so I bought the NKOTB cd's. This was before the reissue, they sold for around $45.oo bucks each on ebay. The best part was coming out of the market with cd's in my hand, and seeing the look on my wife face, (she gets a bit pissed sometimes with my cd hunts) and her saying only I could to into a fish market and come out with cd's.

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I was on my way to Las Vegas and stopped in St. George (Southern Utah) to fill my car up with gas. There was a little strip mall across the street, so I decided to check it out for CD stores. I didn’t find any CD stores, but I found a Barbecue Grill store that for some odd reason sold used CDs. The only thing I found worth picking up was a Badlands – s/t CD.

 

Kind of the opposite of the question, but I think it also fits. I was on my way to Kalispell Montana and stopped in Missoula to do a little CD shopping (looking for a Kidd Wikked CD of course) I went to a CD store there that sold party supplies, greeting cards, and a bunch of cheap items that totally didn’t fit to be in a CD store. Wish I would have found a Kidd Wikkid CD there instead of all that crap.

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I was on my way to Las Vegas and stopped in St. George (Southern Utah) to fill my car up with gas. There was a little strip mall across the street, so I decided to check it out for CD stores. I didn’t find any CD stores, but I found a Barbecue Grill store that for some odd reason sold used CDs. The only thing I found worth picking up was a Badlands – s/t CD.

 

Kind of the opposite of the question, but I think it also fits. I was on my way to Kalispell Montana and stopped in Missoula to do a little CD shopping (looking for a Kidd Wikked CD of course) I went to a CD store there that sold party supplies, greeting cards, and a bunch of cheap items that totally didn’t fit to be in a CD store. Wish I would have found a Kidd Wikkid CD there instead of all that crap.

 

I always look out for Kidd Wikkid cds when I head up to Montana(Billings) but never find a damn thing.

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The weirdest for me was a mom n pop gas station in Indiana..Had some pretty good deals on their CDs (new $4.00)..not a lot to

pick from but it was just strange seeing CDs in this little 2 pump no-where Gas Station..

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I was on my way to Las Vegas and stopped in St. George (Southern Utah) to fill my car up with gas. There was a little strip mall across the street, so I decided to check it out for CD stores. I didn’t find any CD stores, but I found a Barbecue Grill store that for some odd reason sold used CDs. The only thing I found worth picking up was a Badlands – s/t CD.

 

Kind of the opposite of the question, but I think it also fits. I was on my way to Kalispell Montana and stopped in Missoula to do a little CD shopping (looking for a Kidd Wikked CD of course) I went to a CD store there that sold party supplies, greeting cards, and a bunch of cheap items that totally didn’t fit to be in a CD store. Wish I would have found a Kidd Wikkid CD there instead of all that crap.

I wish i could find any Badlands cd's in weird places.

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I am always looking for CDs so nothing really seens strange to me anymore! I love to check out offbeat and Mom & Pop places.

 

Around here, I guess the taco places with the wire cages of CDs for sale always seem odd to me. Is there some guys that walks in and says "gimme a chorizo and egg, and the double disc CUMBIA DEL ORO"? They never seem to sell any.

 

Actually, as a CD seller, it kind of ticks me off to see CDs for sale at gas stations, convienience stores, groceries, restaurants, Cracker Barrel, Starbucks or whatever, but I always check them out. Never know what you will find! ;)

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Ive picked up a lot of cool cds from local video stores:

Dirty Rhythm: Hard as a rock

Gilby Clarke: Pawn Shop Guitars

Enuff Znuff: Animals with Human Intelligence

Babylon AD: Nothing Sacred

Roxy Blue: Want Some?

Every Mothers Nightmare: Wake up Screaming

Winger: In the Heart of the Young

Blind Guardian: Nightfall in Middle Earth

Skid Row: Subhuman Race

Lillian Axe: Poetic Justice

Outlaw Blood: S/T

 

just to name a few

Also, its a good idea to check Antique stores sometimes too. I once found a whole roomfull of tapes there and picked up a few. Unfortunately they closed without warning several years ago.

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Hi everybody

while in japan I walked in an used bookstore and there was a rack of used CDs...and there it was...for 250 Yen (roughly 2 USD at the time)...Night Ranger Feeding off the Mojo....

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Several years ago My family was at the beach and went to a flea market. Finding cds in a flea market is not unusual but we went to a booth that this old lady was selling quilts, dolls and other girly things and stuck in a corner there was a shoe box with cds in it. Mostly they were christmas but I did find a couple of shockers: 220 Volt and Joanna Dean. Imagine my suprise. I took the cds and smiled as I handed the lady my $4.00.

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