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Selling Your Once Popular Music Electronic Device That Has Now Transformed into Ancient History

By Seth Frank Subscribe to RSS | April 4th 2012 | Views:

As new methods of listening to music become created, older means become obsolete and transform into antiques. When vinyl records were popular, in came cassette players to replace the bulkiness of records and phonographs, making records almost obsolete and the small track tapes the newest items. Sure, your new iPod may one day become defunct, but that does not mean you should discard your shiny new toy; hold on to it, because 20, 30 or even 40 years from now you might see that your old device is worth a pretty penny.

Cassette Players

Compared to vinyl phonographs, the Walkman managed to reinvent the music industry by introducing a smaller, more intimate music experience with new technology and products for buyers. Folks could carry their music anywhere, and with dozens of imitators, the original Walkman is sure to get a pretty penny later down the road. The later versions of the product got a bit smaller, and folks looking to make a good hundred dollars might have better luck selling the original device or earlier versions of it. If you still own an original 1979 Walkman—packaged or not—you might be wise to hold on to it and sell it at a later date.


These old beauties predated cassette players, but many were still fairly popular alongside the cassette players during the early 80s and 90s. However, phonographs date further back to the 1800s, and with many well known VPI turntables still available, older devices are sure to turn heads. With many products playing at different speeds, some rare phonographs can play lesser-used vinyl records, including 45 RPM, and can earn a pretty penny, especially if they’re from the late 1800s.

CD Players

CD players may still be fairly new, but they will in a few years disappear, being replaced by the newer MP3 players of today, but it does seem that early versions of the device will have the highest value. Still, if you wish to cash in on the value of the device, you might be better off holding on to the older models that had no shock-proof technology and played normal CDs like the originals once did. For example, older Bob Dylan vinyl albums will yield a high resale value, especially if they are sealed or in mint condition, as opposed to their CD counterparts. Each year, newer and newer technology is released, making what was once a hit item a mere “collector’s item.” So hold on to your original iPods, because 30, 40 and even 50 years from now, the item may be valued at triple the cost.

Seth Frank - About Author:
SoundStage Direct, LLC is an online independent store based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. SSD has the largest selection of vinyl records and VPI turntables online. And you don't want to miss amazing closeout deals available at our LP outlet! We have record albums in every genre (example: Bob Dylan vinyl albums) and in a variety of formats available ready to be shipped at your doorstep.

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