Oh, rare Germany-only EP with the misprinted insert, we have to talk...
January 26, 2011 12:45 PM Subscribe
Calling all collectors (particularly of music and DVDs, etc.)--let's talk about dismantling our collections.
posted by anonymous to media & arts (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been undertaking a really enjoyable project of going through all of my clutter and donating or discarding anything I don't need or want.
I've donated any book I can get in the public domain. I will probably end up with fewer than 20 fiction books that are not public domain and that I expect to re-read in the next 5 years (or that have sentimental value, or are art books/cookbooks, reference, etc.). I read all the time, but I don't save anything anymore.
But what to do with CDs/DVDs that I've collected since I was a kid? I'm a completist about certain bands--mostly UK acts that have lots of singles and rarities. Similarly, for a while, I was collecting DVDs (including a lot of stuff that was way out of print). [But to be clear, this is not a hoarding situation; I have maybe three standard bookshelves (not bookcases) of DVDs, and all the CDs are in a couple of flat boxes under the bed. I don't buy DVDs anymore, though I do keep buying music...]
Fellow collectors: how have you come to terms with the decision to potentially dismantle your collections? I have next to no attachment to the physical objects, but they're trophies of the hunt, and connections to my favorite artists. But also very heavy and not something I want to take on my next move.
And, specifically in digital realm, what is the legality of keeping a rip of that CD or DVD when you sell it or give it away? I have no intention of deleting any of my music, and if I need the CD to be "legit," I'll keep it. (Hence the anonymous question--I don't want the RIAA or MPAA knocking on my door just for asking this question.)