So, you too wish to be a collector of IME stuff? Well, it's no
easy task. It's taken quite a bit of work and $$$ to get my
collection of promos where it is now. Actually, the challenge
is half the fun! I got experienced in many years of
collecting baseball cards,
but lost interest because the players are all greedy bastards. Oops, ignore
that last remark.
OK, so here are my Top 10 Pointers to keep in mind while collecting
and a few good places to check out follow the list. If you want to
contribute to either list, let me know.
- Have fun
Don't collect stuff because "everyone
else is doing it", collect because YOU want to.
- If you think it's too expensive, it is
Set aside a realistic amount you are willing to spend. Don't
jump at the first opportunity to buy something without shopping
around first. You WILL regret it one day (I have).
- You have to try
Promos and rarities WILL NOT come knocking at your front door if
you put no effort into it. Posting your wants to a newsgroup may
be an easy start, but you'll get more junk mail than offers, if any.
Dealers and traders don't hang around newsgroups waiting for your post.
- Read the newsgroups carefully
Ah, so posting to newsgroups is often useless, but reading them
is not. Dealers/traders DO post forsale postings to newsgroups,
more often than not without reading the newsgroup. Use any tool
you've got to find these postings. Millions of articles posted
to thosands of newsgroups daily.
Deja all night, if you're desperate.
- AltaVista is your friend
Yup, if you enter the right search terms, you may find stuff
on a web page somewhere. Joe Blow next door may be selling
his unwanted stuff.
- Be persistent
Don't give up too easily... that's the worst thing to do.
- One man's trash...
As unlikely as it may seem, rarities do turn up at used
record stores and pawn shops.
- Laziness will get you a lump of coal
Well, maybe not even. Ya gotta look everywhere!
(But if you're bad, you will get a lump of coal for Christmas).
- Overspending is bad
Nothing is worth starving for. If you have any doubts whether
or not you can afford it, you are probably better off skipping it.
- Ask around!
Your best resource may well be other collectors! But don't
go around poking your nose everywhere.
Personally, I keep my door open to
questions and have helped find many an item, or pointed people
in the right direction. Be warned though, not everyone is
willing to help, so you may want to ask people you know first.
- Bonus tip!
Well, not really. I've repeated these already:
DON'T overspend. DON'T leave any rock unturned. DO have fun.
OK, for those of you who have read this far, here are my favourite
places to look for IME promos (as well as non-IME stuff):
Well, thats it for now. Good luck in your searching!
- Subterranean Wonderland - The IME Collection
That's right! A good place to start is a reference area where
you can find release dates, catalogue numbers, pictures, etc.
That way you can ask intelligent questions to dealers.
- The Record Cellar
This man has helped me find many a CD. And he's right in Ontario
too. Quick, reliable, friendly service keeps me going back.
- Vinyl Vendors
Ah, yes. I have never failed to find something new here,
IME-wise or not. Great selection of all your favourite bands
at a reasonable cost. You shouldn't have any problems meeting
the minimum $15 US order.
- Global Electronic Music Marketplace
GEMM doesn't actually sell anything themselves, but provides a
central database which connects dealers coast to coast in the US
and around the world. Good place to locate those hard to find
- Compact Disc Europe
This American company specializes in European imports.
Actually, nothing there except for European imports. Be warned
though, they have items listed that may be out of stock or out
of print. They cannot check for you before you pay for your order.
Search the subjects, body, date of newsgroup postings!
I have found several items this way.
Is there anything that can't be found on the web?
It's pretty limitless out there, and you could go on
searching for days without any hints from a good search engine.
Yahoo has one of the better listings out there, with categories
for almost anything under the sun.