Whether you're insolvent, need new music but won't fork over $18 per disc at a chain store, or just want to lighten your burden of material possessions, Amoeba Music is the
place to take your CDs, cassettes, videos, DVDs, and vinyl to receive the fairest price (ranging from a quarter to eight bucks per CD). Their buyers draw upon a store database and near-encyclopedic knowledge of genres and styles well beyond their personal tastes -- as opposed to the smug, arbitrary standpoint of outlets where the customer is viewed chiefly as a chump. Very popular -- or very rare -- discs in excellent condition will net you a price based on resale value; in other words, you needn't worry about selling your promo-only Dean Martin-remixed-by-Moby EP for $2 and finding it on the wall a week later with a $75 price tag. As Amoeba sells virtually every kind of music, you don't have to schlep your punk platters to an indie-rock shop and your import techno discs to a dance specialist. This place is both one-stop shopping and one-stop selling.