Shopkeep of the Week

It was June, 2011 when Kevin joined Murfie. Since then, he’s sent three kits with over 600 discs all the way from the Pacific shores of California to the Madison Isthmus.

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Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Kevin: I discovered Murfie while looking for a place to sell my CDs. I did a Google search, and voila! I now have a lot of music on MP3, and the storage and accessibility are no longer a problem.

M: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
K: I have no idea when I purchased my first CD. Suffice to say—a long time ago. I used to belong to some of those mail CD clubs, but the selection was pretty bad and I had trouble finding good CDs to meet the minimum membership requirement, so I quit.

M: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at your peak)?
K: I still have about 100 or so CDs (along with LPs, audio cassettes, and reel to reel tapes. Sorry, no 8 tracks!). At the height of my collection, I probably had at least 600-700 CDs.

M: How tall are you?
K: How tall am I? Taller than Billy Barty and shorter than Wilt Chamberlain.

M: Tell us about your musical tastes.
K: My musical tastes lean mostly towards blues and jazz, although I like some rock (usually more blues based), Neil Young, Dylan, classical (modern), opera, what I consider alternative (Songs Ohia, Cat Power, Portishead, etc.), and even some new age stuff. I don’t like rap or hip hop much, and my country tastes ends not far south of Lyle Lovett and Junior Brown.

M: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than above)?
K: Folks can expect to find a lot of the stuff above in my store, as well as some of the traditional classical music on some of the BBC Music discs. I have a monthly subscription, but I don’t listen to them much unless it’s someone I’ve never heard of.

M: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
K: The late Michael Bloomfield, my all-time guitar hero, whose playing still sends shivers down my back. Not likely.

M: What is your favorite album at the moment?
K: Favorite album at the moment is tough, but I keep playing Joe Bonamassa‘s version of “Sloe Gin” and “Reconsider Baby”. I listen to a lot of genres and I have three internet radios strewn about the house, playing the Croatian Jazz station and the 8-9 Pandora stations I’ve put together, which range from Archie Shepp-type jazz to Kronos.

M: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
K: Millions of dollars? I must have missed something in the agreement. Please send the Brinks truck here immediately!

M: Which Beatle was your favorite?
K: Since I never cared much for The Beatles (always more of a Stones guy), I can’t say that I have a favorite. I realize this is a minority opinion that confounds many of my friends, but I never felt there was much feeling in their music. Same reason I dislike 50’s rock!

Check out Kevin’s 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.

Shopkeep of the Week

Sean has been a Murfie member since way back in the day (May 2011, that is). Since then, he’s sent two kits packed with over 1300 discs all the way from New Jersey to Madison.

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Murfie: How did you originally learn about Murfie?
Sean: I originally heard about Murfie from Thrillist, which I highly recommend checking out, as it is a great way to stay up to date on all sorts of interesting things.

M: When did you purchase your first CD? What was it?
S: I got my first CD in 1989 and it was Janet Jackson‘s Rhythm Nation 1814, and I think I wound up playing it about a thousand times. I still love that whole album. I remember also that I had a Sharp bookshelf stereo with a small window into the CD player so I could see it spinning around inside, which I thought was very cool.

M: How many CDs do you own (or did you own at peak)?
S: I don’t remember the exact total anymore, but it was up over 2000, which was probably a bit excessive…

M: How tall are you?
S: 6’5″, which may also be a bit excessive…

M: Tell us about your musical tastes.
S: While I do often wind up liking acts from all different genres, I would say techno, house and pop have always been my favorites. I am relatively confident that there were not a lot of other people in my high school listening to Orbital or Rave til Dawn, but something about electronic music has always drawn me to it.

M: What can folks expect to find in your store (if different than the above)?
S: A lot of the aforementioned techno, house and pop, featuring a lot of things that are more on the rare side, and often not available from any digital music service or store yet. I bought a lot of cd maxi-singles for the remixes during the years I was a DJ at a small bar here in Cape May, so there is a big selection of material from then.

M: If you could meet any musician or band in person, who would it be and why?
S: Probably the Pet Shop Boys. I have absolutely loved nearly every song they’ve put out, and their lyrics really speak to my life, often being uncannily fitting for what I’m going through at any given time. I mean who hasn’t been in a relationship that couldn’t be summed up by “I Don’t Know What You Want But I Can’t Give It Anymore”?

M: What is your favorite album at the moment?
S: Woodkid‘s The Golden Age. He isn’t a exactly the greatest singer, but he’s more than good enough, and the lush, over-produced, symphonic sound running throughout the entire album is pretty much exactly in my pop-music sweetspot.

M: What do you plan to do with the millions of dollars you’re making from your Murfie shop?
S: Not sure exactly, it depends on what I want when I cash it out LOL.

M: Which Beatle was your favorite?
S: Paul, because he wrote the best James Bond theme of all time (sorry Adele).

Check out Sean’s 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.

 

 

How-to: set up your shop

The lowdown on shop settings

If you’re an active member of the Murfie universe, you’re bound to get an email from us saying your CDs are posted to your account. What happens next? Actually, you can do quite a few things with your collection. But this post around, I want to focus on your principal to-do: setting up your personal shop. Here’s how to go about doing that.

Once you see that hooray-your-discs-are-posted email in your inbox, head on over to your Dashboard.
– Sign into your account. https://www.murfie.com/login
– Go to the “Your Discs” tab in your Dashboard. https://www.murfie.com/dashboard?page=discs

This is the place to be to manage the settings of your CDs. For each disc that’s listed in your account, you can choose to set it “for sale” or “not for sale” and “for trade” or “not for trade.” If you choose to set one of your discs “for sale” and/or “for trade,” that particular CD will get listed in your personal shop on Murfie. For example, take a look at a disc in my Dashboard; it’s set to be “for sale”:

You may notice that this disc has a $2 price tag. (Good eye!) In the “Your Discs” tab, you’re also able to price your CDs. For each disc, you can choose one of the following prices: $1, 2, 3, 5, or 8. You can change any price, at any time.

Once you choose these settings, your shop is good to go. That means, anyone browsing Murfie will be able to buy, or trade for, an album from your collection.

Got a question? Leave a comment below, and I’ll make sure to give you an answer. I’m dedicated like that. ;)