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Old cassette tapes

I have come across some old cassette tapes, most of which I bought in high school I'm not talking a lot, maybe thirty or so. Anyway, I haven't listened to them in years and probably never will. Does anyone know of any shops that might take them? I was thinking of donating them to a rummage sale but somebody suggested I try selling them. I'm not sure it's worth the bother but I figured I try it.

created by inga on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:11:14 pm     Technology     Comments: 9

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The tape inside cassette and VHS tapes only has a life span of about 20 years. They are supposed to be "exercised" by fast forwarding and rewinding them once a year to keep the tape from sticking to itself. Old tapes are likey to break or jam easily. The sound and picture quality also degrades with time.

posted by OldTimer on Jan 21, 2011 at 11:56:58 pm     #  

Surprisingly enough records will outlast all modern media starting with tapes. for audio at least.

posted by Linecrosser on Jan 22, 2011 at 03:24:15 am     #  

I am sorry I didn't keep my Alvin and the Chipmunks do Michael Jackson album I got when I was eight. Maybe it would have been worth something. I think I'll just donate these cassettes. They're not worth the effort to try to sell them and they're in dubious shape. Still, I don't want to toss them outright if someone can manage to listen to it a few times.

posted by inga on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:05:41 am     #  

Allied Record Exchange ......tapes, albums, movies, games, etc

posted by Hoops on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:13:41 am     #  

LOL, out in my garage I still have 2 cases of various 8 track tapes. Frankly, I wish I had all of those on CD.

posted by JeepMaker on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:52:41 am     #  

I bought a used car last year that has a cassette player. I dug out old cassettes from the 1980s and early 1990s that I still have for some reason. I'm currently playing a cassette of Bad Company hits that a friend compiled for me back in 1982. A couple of other cassettes in my car are also homemade compilations from that era.

Another cassette in my car right now contains an Iron Maiden concert that I taped off the radio (WDVE Pittsburgh) in 1982 and then copied to the current cassette around 1990, and it sounds surprisingly good. That one I need to get copied to CD for nostalgic reasons because I saw Iron Maiden open for Judas Priest in Pittsburgh shortly after taping that radio broadcast in the fall of 1982. Beast on the Road tour.

I must take less care of CDs and DVDs compared to years ago with cassettes and VHS tapes because I don't ever remember having the amount of problems with tape that I've encountered with the small plastic disks. But then again, the tape is mostly covered and protected.

posted by jr on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:58:54 am     #  

Unless you have some rare self produced punk tapes, they aren't worth anything. Allied would give you a buck for all of them probably. Either listen to them, convert them to .mp3 or donate them to charity.

posted by Ace_Face on Jan 23, 2011 at 04:17:49 pm     #  

you can easily burn those onto your computer and then either burn cd disks or transfer to your mp3/ipod players - i've done that with my albums and tapes

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Jan 25, 2011 at 02:41:51 pm     #  

Donate them to the Salvation Army or Goodwill. It's easy to drop the tapes into a bag and just toss them into one of the donation boxes. If you do enough of that and obtain a receipt, you can claim another item if you itemize your taxes.

posted by GuestZero on Jan 25, 2011 at 11:20:22 pm     #