Shopkeep of the Week

2013_0403_featuredshop_may23Way, way back in the good old days of October 2011, Marcus decided to sign up for Murfie. Since then, he’s ordered two kits and sent about 450 discs from Massachusetts to Madison. He’s sold hundreds of them so far, and made some nice cash! Heres a little bit more about this CD-selling pro.

Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Marcus: I heard about Murfie on NPR on the bus back to Boston from NYC and I signed up on my smartphone then and there.

Murfie: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
Marcus: I purchased my first CD in 1992 at Turtle Music in Atlanta, but I can’t remember what album it was.

Murfie: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at peak)?
Marcus: I owned over 500 CDs at one time.

Murfie: How tall are you?
Marcus: 5 feet 11 and a half inches, and that half is important.

Murfie: Tell us about your musical tastes.
Marcus: My musical tastes are pretty wide ranging, from Lightning Hopkins, Muddy Waters, and Miles Davis, to Neil Young, Radiohead, and The Decemberists, but it probably culminates in the Southern Blues/Rock sound. I never get tired of JJ Grey & Mofro, Whiskey Town, My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic.

Murfie: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than the above)?
Marcus: A little bit of everything.

Murfie: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
Marcus: That is a tough one. I would probably go with Muddy Waters since he is no longer with us and there is still a chance I could meet Neil Young or the boys from Widespread Panic.

Murfie: What is your favorite album at the moment?
Marcus: Since it is spring, I really love listing to the first disc of Light Fuse, Get Away with the windows down while driving. Panic is extremely tight on this live album and the set list progression is just pure perfection.

Murfie: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
Marcus: Create my own festival headlined by Panic and Neil Young so they can perform “Walk On”, “Are You Ready for the Country” and “Mr. Soul” together.

Murfie: Which Beatle was your favorite?
Marcus: I don’t have a favorite Beatle, I know it may be sacrilegious, but I’m not really a Beatles fan.

Check out Marcus’ shop on Murfie!

Shopkeep of the Week is a weekly feature that focuses on our most interesting Murfie shopkeepers. These are music lovers like you who have sold hundreds of pre-loved CDs on Murfie and have hundreds more at the ready to please your ears! If you’d like your Murfie Shop to be featured, or if you’d like to nominate a shop to be featured, please e-mail us at info@murfie.com and let us know.

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How-to: make more CD sales

Tips from me to you

Okay, so you’ve got a personal shop on Murfie, but you’re just letting it sit there…that don’t impress me much. (Just kidding, I think it’s special either way.) The fact remains, though, that taking charge of your destiny will always get you there faster. In this case, that means promoting your collection of CDs to make more sales. Here’s some tips on how to do that.

1) Use social media. If you’re on Facebook (which is like everybody), do a status update about your shop. Just provide a little info (and wit or humor to make things interesting), and include your shop URL. [What's a shop URL?] If you’re on Twitter, share your collection in a similar manner. If you do nothing else, dropping that URL is what matters most: that’s what gets folks to visit your shop.

Facebook and Twitter are just the biggies. There’s plenty of other social media platforms out there, like Tumblr, Google+, and Delicious. It all depends on how creative you want to get.

A final thought. Brevity is best when it comes to social media. Don’t try to write a novel.

2) Blog (or microblog) about it. It’s in vogue these days to manage a personal blog. If you already manage one, you’ve got a built-in advantage on your hands: write something about your shop in a post and publish it. Then share the URL on…what else?…Facebook and Twitter! If you don’t have a blog, services like Blogger and WordPress make it easy to create your own.

3) Check out classified ads services. This is probably the most direct way to S-E-L-L your CD collection. Create and post an ad on a site like Craigslist. It’s free, and we’ve already got an FAQ for you on how to post an ad on Craigslist. Other free services include OodleAdooseBay ClassifiedsBuyMyStuff, and Backpage. As with social media and blogging, it’s super important to include your shop URL in your classified ad, on whichever service you end up using.

Your turn! If you’ve got an unconventional approach to selling the CDs in your personal shop, pray do tell us in the comments section below. We’d love to hear about your strategy. Remember: sharing is caring!