Originally Posted by ATLnoob
USPS scanned them backwards, as being delivered instead of picked up. USPS site is technically correct since they were scanned wrong. They're still going out for delivery but no way to track them now since it cannot be reversed per my own experience with this happening once.
I used to buy/sell/trade in vinyl, and most mass-market classic rock, classical etc is dollar bin unless excellent or better then maybe into the regular bins at a record shop. If mint (sealed & never played), really depends on the record but there's almost always a buyer for it.
If you're in the Portland OR area, Craig Moerer / Records By Mail would be a good resource for appraising. Autographed do have some value if it's authenticated, but if the artist is still alive then you can check eBay prices to see how much (or little) they can be worth - depends on if the artist signs a lot of stuff or not. Some everyday classic rock can be worth more than others, i.e.: if your Floyd still has the original stickers and whatnot - original inserts can sometimes be worth more than the record & sleeve.
For classical, there are some labels that are worth more than others, i.e.: INA-GRM, DG Avant-Garde and a couple others that escape me...same with DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) releases - half the time it doesn't matter who the artist is - folks collect releases on those labels / formats itself. I never dealt in any big band - some releases on 78 can be worth good coin, most aren't worth much since they were rarely well cared-for.
If it never came out on CD and only exists on vinyl, that will garner some interest. Same for some foreign pressings - oddball Japanese copies of everyday records can fetch some decent $ - that sort of thing.
If you don't think you have an original Beatles butcher album or something along those lines, if it were me, I'd take the ones I thought might be desirable or valuable and drop by a local record shop to see what they'd give me, which is usually about 20% of what they think they can sell them for, and they will (should) tell you how much they are paying for each record - at least that way you can see if they're giving you 20 cents for a bunch of them but $25 for one of them - that's the cherry record.
Unfortunately most records are not worth much, because they made so many of them and only the rare/sealed/etc copies have a value making it worth someones time to go through them all.
I assume most of the records have a bar code on the back - you can download a number of free bar code scanning apps for a smartphone and it will search prices online, assuming the bar code is in their database - some apps are better than others. I use RedLaser (for books / records etc when I'm at a GW) but need to get a couple more apps since none of them are all that comprehensive.