Saturday, August 15, 2015

8 Track Shack Announces Customer Loyalty Discounts

The 8 Track Shack has announced that they now have a customer loyalty program that is in effect that allows anyone who has spent $100 or more to save anywhere from 10%-60% off of every future purchase, depending on the amount spent in the past. The discount offered by 8 Track Shack will continue to grow as customers make more purchases. You can get more details from 8 Track Shack's Customer Loyalty Discount program page on their website.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Weeks Later Creedence Gold Quad 8 Track Tape Sells for Fraction of Last Week's Price

It's at the same time a blessing and a curse about eBay, one week a rare item will sell for X dollars and the next week four of the same items will be listed and sell for 1/10th the price. This happens quite often on eBay, someone gets a big price and all of a sudden the same identical rare item comes out of the woodwork in numerous places. The subsequent listings leave the original buyer with remorse and the new sellers with disappointment.

A quadraphonic copy of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Gold recently "sold" on eBay for a whopping $1484, despite it regularly selling for between $100-300. So what happens, a bunch of sellers list their tapes for sale too, and now the price drops to a reasonable $395, then to a silly-cheap $270 for a sealed copy. The same thing happened a few months ago with a sealed Michael Jackson, Thriller album that sold for over $500. Now sellers are still listing the same tape for hundreds of dollars, but not getting any takers.

Sinatra Jobim 8 Track Tape for Sale on eBay!

Times are tough for sure, but right now, as I type this, someone is virtually giving away a Sinatra Jobim 8 track tape on eBay for an opening bid of $2500! That's right, for about $2000 below the usual selling price of this tape...insane!

I'm not going to post a link, because it would only become inactive two weeks after the auction ends anyway, but if you do a search on, you'll find it. The tape comes with its original sleeve and is in pretty nice condition (thought it just blows my mind that the seller is trying to sell something for $2500 and couldn't take the time to clean the scuffs off the tape and according to the listing, never listened to the tape!

Heck, who knows, it might have been recorded over with John Denver's Greatest Hits. Even if the tape has been erased and used as an audition tape for a three year old singing "Old MacDonald" this tape should still be worth the $2500 starting bid, just for the cartridge and labels! The tape...which I did not see until today....was previously listed a week ago with a starting bid of $3000 and ended with no bids. Now you'll have to excuse me, I've got to go and see whether or not I can scrape together $2500 bucks that the wife won't miss.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

$1000+ 8 Tracks Sold on eBay

Maybe the economy is picking up or maybe people forget what some things sell for, or maybe there's just a bunch of shill bidding going on at eBay, but whatever the reason there were some huge prices on 8 track tapes the past couple of weeks.

The highest price attained for any tape recently was for the Creedence Clearwater Revival, Creedence Gold quad pictured at the left. Someone apparently paid (or at least bid) $1484 for this tape, which usually sells in the $100-300 range! Check out our 8 Track Quad Price Guide to see this tape's value and others too.

The next highest price attained was for another quadraphonic tape, this one for Pink Floyd's UK release of Dark Side of the Moon, for which someone paid $1050. This price too blows away the previous high and is well beyond the range of its expected value, though, again, it was a nice cartridge and it had the original picture box.

The highest priced stereo cart was for a sealed copy of the Sparks, A Woofer in Tweeter's Clothing, which brought $80. A sealed version of the Stone's Exile on Main Street also brought $80.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Rare 8 Track Tape - Mini 8 Track Folding Tape Cartridge

The Mini 8 track tape is something you've probably never seen. The one pictured to the left was recently offered for sale on eBay...and still sealed! This mini folding 8 track was a various artists compilation titled simply "Rock Hits" with five songs:
(I Know) I'M LOSING YOU - Rod Stewart
STONES - Neil Diamond
MOONSHADOW - Cat Stevens
MAGGIE MAY - Rod Stewart

This particular 8 track was made around 1971. Lear Jet made the format for a short time and only a couple hundred titles were ever made available. This tape recently sold on eBay for a bargain at just under $130. The tape, in my estimation - despite being a compilation - would be valued at five times that price. I've owned over 100,000 8 tracks bought from all over the country and have never even seen one of these in person. The eBay auction only had 76 views, so not many people even knew this was being auctioned off. The high bid before I placed my bid was $16.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Rare 8 Track Tape - John Lennon / Yoko Ono: Unfinished Music No. 1, Two Virgins

This rare 8 track tape is John Lennon / Yoko Ono's Unfinished Music No. 1, Two Virgins. This tape is rare for a number of reasons. First, it is a very early 8 track tape released in 1968, in the infancy of the 8 track tape cartridge. Secondly, the tape has its original cardboard sleeve, 99%+ of tapes that you find today do not retain their sleeve, regardless of title. Also, the tape apparently was one of those tapes that was recalled by the manufacturer. This one it seems was recalled due to moral concerns.

Now, if you've never seen the vinyl copy of this album, and seeing this 8 track make you partially realize a lifelong dream of seeing Yoko Ono nude....well then you are in luck, my friend, because the actual 8 track tape itself had a label affixed to it that shows Yoko all naked in all her glory.

Which is the last thing that makes this 8 track rare, the label was not ripped off or blacked out with marker by parents trying to protect their young-ins from the future disappointment of seeing less attractive humans naked after seeing Yoko's perfection. Appearing on the cover label as well is a nude John Lennon.

The particular copy pictured above recently sold on eBay for a mere $350, which we think is quite a steal. For those interested, the original label artwork appears below.

Monday, February 28, 2011

More Rare 8 Track Tape for the Last Week of February

This past week didn't have the highest priced 8 tracks on eBay, but there were a number of rare cartridges that fetched decent prices.

You can view the ongoing 8 track tape price guide here for a larger list of rare and somewhat valuable 8 track tapes.

Kraftwerk: Ralph & Florian (Sealed) - $60
Bob Dylan & the Band: The Basement Tapes (Sealed) - $57
Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (Import) - $50
Yma Sumac: Miracles - $45
Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request (Sealed) - $40
Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (Sealed) - $40
Bob Dylan: Self-Portrait (Sealed) - $35
Bob Dylan: New Morning (Sealed) - $35
Beatles: Yellow Submarine (Sealed) - $31
Ramones: Road to Ruin - $30
Jimi Hendrix: Smash Hits (Sealed) - $30
Bob Dylan: Hard Rain (Sealed) - $30
John Lee Hooker: Untitled (Sealed) - $28
Various: Smokey and the Bandit Soundtrack - $25
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