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Where can I buy out of print (OOP) mini LPs? E-mail

Out of print (OOP) CDs are a completely different keetle of fish

If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

eBay

For older and sold-out releases (they do ocassionally sell out very quickly) there is of course ebay.

Following you'll find links to ebay stores run by sellers who are trusted by members of the Japanese Import CDs Yahoo group. This is in no way an endorsement of these sellers....

Advice on buying

If it looks too good to be true then it probably is.

There are apparently a large number of fakes and counterfeits on the market these days. I have not heard of them turning up as new items on the major sites or in land based shops.

Check the seller's rating and location. Fakes appear to be produced in China and Russia. You are advised to think carefully before buying from sellers who are located in Russia, Latvia, China and other Asian centres other than Japan. Generally sellers with a good feedback rating located in the United States, Western Europe, Australia etc are selling the real product but some fakes are very convincing and you may be best to ask the seller to check the imprinting on the centre of the CD. If they do not respond then it's probably best to skip that auction.

Note that fakes are not the same as mini LPs that are obviously Russian such as The Beatles Sgt.Peppers. Fakes look identical to the Japanese version including the obi etc. We have a few examples on the site including Aerosmith Pump and Jethro Tull Broadsword.

The Japanese Import CDs Yahoo group has discussions on dealers and ebay traders too.

It seems that many so called "limited releases" are not quite as limited as the original buyers (and investors) thought. If you see a glut of a particular item appearing on eBay the chances are the item (or something very much like it) is about to be re-released and the "investors" have decided to offload their premium items before the inivitable drop in prices. If in doubt, follow the links above (CDJapan or HMV) to see if it's coming back onto the market in the next few months.

 
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Front cover (main) image of WPCR-13142 (fake) : Led Zeppelin : Fake Led Zeppelin - 40th Anniversary Definitive Collection (Zoso Box)
WPCR-13142 (fake) : 2009-01-01

This fake Led Zeppelin 40th Anniversary appears to be made in China. You would find it hard to pick a sealed copy of this as being anything other than than the real deal.

Inside it is also remarkably similar but has some significant, obvious differences in packaging including: (a) the CD comes in a flimsy loose fitting bag (b) Physical Graffiti has no cut out windows and (c) III (3) has no turning wheel.

The CDs also have the tell tale extra ring in the middle but this is much better disguised than usual.

Unusually for fakes these have the catalogue number and an IFPI code (CC 303) on the silver side of the disc.

 
Front cover (main) image of EMER-BOX1 : Emerson, Lake + Palmer : Brain Salad Surgery Box
EMER-BOX1 : 2002-11-21

Front opening promo box and obis from Disk Union came with first five albums in 20 bit K2 : VICP-62114 to VICP-62118

(Images courtesy of The Brain Salad Surgery site http://www.brain-salad-surgery.de/.)

Front cover (main) image of WPCR-14306 : Cooper, Alice : Welcome To My Nightmare
WPCR-14306 : 2012-01-18
Warner Music Japan : Cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue from Alice Cooper featuring the high-fidelity SHM-CD format (compatible with standard CD players) and 2011 remastering. The cardboard sleeve features single E-type jacket with an inner bag and ATLANTIC green/orange label. Comes with a description and lyrics. Part of a twelve-album Alice Cooper SHM-CD cardboard sleeve reissue series featuring albums "Pretties For You," "Easy Action," "Love It To Death," "Killer," "Schools's Out," "Billion Dollar Babies," "Muscle Of Love," "Welcome To My Nightmare," "Goes To Hell," "Lace And Whiskey," "The Alice Cooper Show," and "From The Inside."
 
Front cover (main) image of Die Cut Covers : Hall of Fame : Die Cut Covers
Die Cut Covers :

Die cutting of the cover image or inserts is probably the most common technique employed to create gimmick covers. It's probably also in most cases the cheapest.

There are thousands of die cut covers. Here are a few of the more popular and best known releases.

Front cover (main) image of SONY-AERO : Aerosmith : Aerosmith Box (1973 - 2001)
SONY-AERO : 2004-07-07
This rare promo box was given in exchange for coupons which were issued with nineteen Aerosmith and related mini lp cds. The mini lp cds were released by Sony on 2004-07-07.
 

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