I used to be a collector: I liked comics, and later on, action figures based on said comics, but it’s been almost a decade since I bought one of either. I have lost the acquisition gene somehow, at least with anything tangible. Sure, I have two hard drives full of Dead shows, but that’s not a collection. I didn’t hunt anything down, and it cost me nothing, and could be replaced in whole: a collection is based upon scarcity–only so many was made of this car, watch, spoon, whatever–but Dead shows are a post-scarcity commodity. You can have as many as you want, and they’ll never run out of copies.
Collections are also based in fungibility, or lack thereof. A piece of art is singular and unreproducable; that’s almost the point. If one of the hard drives I mentioned conked out, well, they were just copies. The Vault is a collection: they’re not making anymore master tapes, but everything else is ephemeral.
Stop working yourself into a lather over Ebay.
It makes no sense. If you’re gonna buy these CDs, then clearly you’re a Real Deadhead®. If you’re a Real Deadhead®, then you must read this site.
So, you know: give me two grand, and I’ll burn the discs for you.
Are you trolling Ebay sellers by lowballing them?
I’m okay with it.