humus wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:59 am
On the evolution of record prices: I am not an expert on heavy metal and my first and true love is black metal. When I compare prices with 20 years ago there are few records that remained on the same price level, only a handful decreased in value, and most went up quite a bit. And then there's the 'WTF' category like Dissection, where Storm of the light's bane went from being a 50 euro record to a 600 euro record in just ten years.
I think it's very interesting how this works and although Dissection is an extreme example, you see the same effect on other bands, because they were considered influential and iconic but never had the sales to back up the amount of fan love they got from the clique that were into them. Good examples from the 80's are Celtic Frost and Bathory. They were always iconic but they did not sell a ton of records.
Their being iconic doesn't go away though, it's passed from generation to generation, so if anything their status grows. Every collector into extreme metal will want Celtic Frost and Bathory records, so rising prices reflect a demand which is constantly relatively high and a supply that reflects the moderate sales they had. The opposite is bands like Helloween, who had ten times the sales but only a tenth of the underground buzz.
For Dissection, of course it also weighs in that the album was from an era when vinyl was an outdated format still at least ten years away from its resurgence.
In some lost corner of the world there sits a leprechaun laughing merrily atop a mountain of mysteriously lost LP innersleeves