Vinyl Spotlight: Valley Girl Original Soundtrack LP - A True Collector's Item

Valley Girl Original Soundtrack EP/LP

Like, omigod! Check out this totally rare record you guys! Ok, ok, don't freak out. I'm not gonna talk like that throughout the entire post...but it got your attention, right?? This rare gem is indeed one of the rarest records I have ever had the pleasure of offering, and if it wasn't SEALED, I would most likely be keeping it for myself.

Why is this record so rare? Well it's because it was pulled shortly after its release, then deleted from the inventory after pressing a very limited quantity. If you'll notice, that's not Deborah Foreman's likeness on the cover next to Nicholas Cage, although there is a promo still of her on the back. I don't know all of the details, but I know that much. Also, some of you may have seen another version of this title pressed on Avatar records. It's the same 6 cut track listing, just with a different cover. Legal red tape and clearance issues, perhaps? Maybe we'll never know. The good news is if you have come across either version on vinyl for a low price, you are very lucky indeed, as the average price for it ranges from $50-$125.

The "bad" news about this album is that it only contains 6 tracks, and they are the same on both sides of the record. If you've gotten the complete soundtrack on CD (or watched the film, you hosebag), you'll know that there are many more songs, enough that they had to put out a volume 1 and a volume 2 to fit them all in. Volume 2 is of course the more rare and desirable one, and will cost you a pretty penny. But what a great 6 songs! The Sparks, Josie Cotton (on 2 tracks including the controversial 'Johnny Are You Queer'!), The Plimsouls and the effervescent Bonnie Hayes (on 2 tracks!) make for the best trip down the 80's memory lane you could ever have.

So if you're an 80's purist, this is a bit of a Holy Grail for you, as they do not come around very often. It is currently available in my Etsy Shop, but I warn you, it won't last long! I'm so sure, like totally!

Here's a couple of videos to get you in that Valley Girl mood...enjoy! (Mobile users I apologize, the videos won't play).







The Online Selling Market: Is the End Near for JustCoolRecords?

This isn't a post about vinyl records per se, but it is a post about selling records online, as that is mostly what I do for a living. And the reason for this post is in response to the multitude of changes recently occurring on most all of the selling platforms I use. Now don't misunderstand, I have been an online seller for nearly 10 years, so I know what I'm doing, and I'm used to change after change, it's the only way I have survived this long. It's just that the system has caught up with us long-time sellers, and every year it gets more and more difficult to make a living selling products online.

My Etsy Vinyl Shop has grown by leaps and bounds over the last four years, and I'm quite proud of the success I have earned as a result of a lot of hard work. Etsy is a great selling platform for the most part, I even teach classes at a local Community College on how to open a shop there. But Etsy has not been without it's own series of changes, and lately it seems like something is different most every single day. Most of the changes haven't really affected the way I list records, or my shop directly. But I will say that even after 4 years of selling, I still don't really feel like I belong there. Etsy has a way of almost alienating shops who don't 'conform' to their aesthetic, in my opinion, and it sure would be nice to get a teeny tiny little nod in my direction, particularly since I promote Etsy on a constant basis, daily.

As for my Website (currently 'down for repairs' unfortunately) I was just beginning to get a semi-constant stream of traffic and sales going, after being forced by Google to pay for Google Product Listing Ads if I want my products to show up in searches (duh). I am just a one-person operation, with a limited income based on the needs and desires of people wanting just cool records. (and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart!) But Google is about to implement even more changes that will affect my website, and I just don't know if I will be able to continue with it. Which is a real shame, because I have been promoting my website for nearly a year, which is about the time it takes to even get a little noticed.

Yes, of course I have other streams of income, (I learned that one a long time ago) but nothing is as steady or "reliable" (ha) as my online shops selling records. Do I plan on doing this forever? Of course not. But I'd like to think that I could make the choice when I was ready to stop selling online, and not have that choice made for me. And no, I'm not being forced out-yet. But let's just say for the first time in 10 years, I can see the glimmer of the end coming, and it's more than a little scary.

I suppose I wrote this post to simply vent my frustrations on the challenges of online selling. But I also wrote it to give those of you who are thinking of jumping on the online selling bandwagon a heads up for what you are in for. I'm not talking about Amazon or Fee-bay, those have completely different issues of their own. But because Etsy has been growing by leaps and bounds, us sellers can't help but to feel the growing pains. So I just caution new sellers to do your research and understand what it takes to have a successful online shop whether on your own website or on a selling platform such as Etsy. I wish you all much success, and if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to drop me a line.

For now, I'll just keep on keeping on, but not without yet another overhaul of my current listings and strategies. At least it's never boring...