We Buy Elvis on Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:05 pm wrote:Thanks billy blues,
Congratulations on your new born.
Thanks for letting us know you could help the fans out with some cheap South American releases.Maybe you could help the European and North American collectors by posting some links to where we can buy them cheaply.I am sure we would all be very grateful. Thanks from everyone here for your offer of help.
You are a true gentleman.
Looking forward to seeing your links to some bargains
Thanks, she's a blessing in my life!
As for the records... if you don't mind learning a bit of Portuguese and understanding the Brazilian coin, we have our "sort of eBay": http://www.mercadolivre.com.br
. It's a good place to start.
It's kinda like eBay, really: means that some people over there are looking to make quick cash because of the website's huge visibility. You gotta understand the value of the Brazilian money first, talk to those who actually collect the records and know if it's worth it or not. Just because someone is listing a 1958 King Creole copy for R$350 over there doesn't mean that it's worth it - other copies sold for a lot less since that particular copy was first listed, that one didn't sell because the seller is asking too much. That's only an example, by the way, and hopefully you'll understand what I mean. And hey: I'm saying that for R$350 it's expensive, and even then that's less than half of what's being asked for that other copy on eBay. I guess that was a good example to make some things clear, after all. Of course, since we live in Brazil we can visit actual stores, talk to people in person and trade material with our fellow Brazilian pals. Sadly, that's the one thing I can't help much with, I guess. That's where most of our collections come from, at the end of the day. Mercado Livre and eBay are alike in the sense that it can be easier to find things there sometimes, but you'll probably pay more than if you visited an actual store and bought it in person. I know for a fact that some good friends of mine who were able to visit the USA paid a lot less than I did for certain US records which I bought online. Same happens here.
As I said: anyone in need of information can contact me and I'll help as possible, as long as people don't mind waiting a bit since I'm not always online and understand that, while I love Elvis and my collection, hunting records is not my biggest priority right now. I also would like to mention with no offense to anyone that it'll be a pleasure to help those who collect and share information, but I'm not very fond of sharing material for resale. I always believed in helping those who actually need it, and my experiences with stores or those who buy records only to immediately resell it weren't exactly great (not really a fan of seeing something with so much personal value become only an item passed around to make more and more money - I breath music, after all, and it means the world to me).
PS.: By the way, there's another thing which makes people elsewhere believe that our records are so rare: we never, ever had an extensive research done on our discography. When I started researching and talking to people about it, it immediately became clear that very few around here actually knew which labels were the originals, which were reissues, which records were reissued on which labels and so on. Yes, some of our older books had "Brazilian discographies" on them, but they weren't comprehensive. Most of the time they only listed what was released and when, without going any further into reissues, labels, etc. That created the sense that every record released here is scarce, let alone when people found a copy on a different label variation. And if our own people don't know about our discography, how can we expect any better from those who don't even live here, really?
Our own "version" of the Elvis Collectors website had many mistakes in their pages of Brazilian records, including listing reissues as originals and other mistakes (you gotta love that the guy who wrote about it didn't even find it strange that if they were all original issues, then the RCA labels changed all the time, from LP to LP, going back and forth between variations in a same year
). So there's that. It makes a difference when you're not familiar with the country's discography and have to rely on said misinformations. A few years ago I started a collaboration with some good friends to gather correct information on our records, and I think that nowadays it's become A LOT more clearer to us what was released, when, and with which labels. All that information will probably be available for free in the future, it just takes time when you have to organize pictures, texts and have a life beyond Elvis to take care of!
That's why I started by correcting mistakes at databases like Discogs and am open to help those who need it via direct contact. It makes things easier. I know that there's a book on the South American records, and it gets things correctly mostly (if I'm not mistaken it mentions a black label edition of Golden Records vol. 1, which doesn't exist, but that was it, I think), but it's not meant to be about only one country, of course, which means that it's not that
deep and comprehensive. It lists a reissue of our Christmas LP which I never ever seen, though, and I don't know a single soul around here who has it. Talk about being lucky and having the one item which is ellusive even in its own country.