I LIKE RECORDS 77

How Not To Price Records

We had gotten in a pretty good copy of Beatles ’65 (in “mono”, for those keeping score), I was going to sell it for $7.99. I was pricing a stack of records and was going thru it pretty fast and was pretty sloppy. Here’s a re-creation of what happened with Beatles ’65

Fig.1: This looks like $1.99, it’s supposed to be $7.99, the top part of the seven or his “hat” as it’s known in pricing circles is not long enough. Luckily, it’s a quick fix

Fig. 1

Fig. 1

Fig. 2: Or is it? Instead of just extending it’s “hat” I gave the seven a “stabilizing bar” as is standard practice according to Num6ers: Number Writing in the 21st Century and Beyond (Lenny Harris, 2002 Tidewater Press) which I think is premier book on numbering. Anyhow, it doesn’t look like a 7, it looks like a deformed plus sign. So I went back in

Fig. 2

Fig. 2

Fig. 3: I fell into the classic numbering mistake of extending the “hat” too much, making it look like an unfinished “A” floating in space. Grrrrr.

Fig. 3

Fig. 3

Fig. 4: I should have paid attention to the old adage “Never number angry” but I didn’t and I wound up adding an extended “claw” to the “hat”. When done correctly a “claw hat” seven is a thing of beauty. This isn’t one of those times.

Fig. 4

Fig. 4

Fig. 5: Commonly known as a “Gorilla Monsoon” named after the former wrestler and amateur numberer. This is the final stop in numbering. Primitive, brutal and all but unreadable, the “Gorilla Monsoon” style has been the death of many Sharpies and has been rumored to cause job ending nightmares to more than a few of the more sensitive professional numberers

Fig. 5

Fig. 5

Fig. 6: I decided to remove the sticker and start over. So removing the sticker with all the finesse of a dull blunt object, I turned a $7.99 record into a $3.99 record. The end.

Fig. 6

Fig. 6

    • galbacco
    • March 25th, 2013

    All I can see in the last one is a Teddy Boy…

  1. I was expecting it to end up being priced $FUCK-YOU.99

    • spank
    • March 25th, 2013

    hey dopey ……. ever think to just create a new, clean and correct sticker and just place it over the mistaken one and just be done with it ???

    • feedtim
    • March 25th, 2013

    There would have been too much bleed through with a new sticker and I’m sure somebody would have thought “hey maybe the old price that’s covered up is cheaper, let me pick at it” i thought since i just put the sticker on it, that it would come off easier. i was wrong

    • Tiina
    • March 26th, 2013

    Actually, most leading numbering experts consider “From One To Infinity- The Postmodern Numberer” (N.U. Mero et al.) the most reliable book on numbering. Harris’ book is outdated.

    Also, Gorilla Monsoon is the official number font of Albania, so don’t mock it.

  2. still, a great story, and a great record, no matter who the latest number genius might be, you really can’t get hurt. “I hate records” is great – thanks tim

  3. correction, I mean “i like records” is great – it’s me i hate for screwing that up – duh! you know what i mean – great stuff.

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