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Topic: List time: owners of US Machina II Virgin in-house promo cds

This topic contains 82 replies, has 14 voices, and was last updated by Profile photo of mickyshambles mickyshambles 1 year, 1 month ago.

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On Arthur wrote:

Congrats indeed! Where is the updated list?

Billy Corgan, December 2, 2008 : "Not everyone understands our death trip. But you do. And that's what matters."
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On Cool As Ice Cream wrote:

some of these went on ebay recently.
were any spfreaks members the seller or the buyer?
isn’t it a bit weird that so many copies suddenly pop up in such a short time? (well, not that many at all, but way more than normally, i think.) any chance someone is bootlegging these?

does this influence our estimate of how many copies of this set have ever been made? (did someone say 10? that seems too low now.)

check it out:

31 December 2016
http://www.ebay.com/itm/112247468184 CR-01 $107.50
not a bad deal, in my opinion.
note that this copy was sold in 2001 in amoeba records for only $14.95. the old sticker is still on the cd case. lol!

9 March 2017 (same seller for all auctions)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/112324338894 CR-01 $301.21
http://www.ebay.com/itm/112324339322 CR-02 $255.00
http://www.ebay.com/itm/361920522336 CR-03 $310.00
http://www.ebay.com/itm/361920526887 CR-04 $384.79
so $1251 for the full set. whoa!

17 March 2017
http://www.ebay.com/itm/192126143651 full set $870
not in very good condition. one of the cds looks damaged. “whoa” again.

that was just a very quick search. maybe there are more? if you see more, please post.

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On manillascissor wrote:

i don’t think the recent auctions are fake, but it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for bootleg versions to pop up.  i never understood the 7-10 estimate, but it seems that it’s still ridiculously hard to find.  1251 and 870 are insane prices for the sets.

in my time of dying
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On Cool As Ice Cream wrote:

maybe they made 25 copies of the US Virgin promo set? (same amount as number of original copies on vinyl.)
or would that estimate still be too low?
it’s definitely very rare, but 10 copies doesn’t seem to make much sense.

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On geofolkers wrote:

I wouldn’t be too surprised if there were 25 copies but I can’t imagine there are more than that. The fact that these had album art at the “in-house” level says something. 
I think that these are made as a internal promotional pitch for M2.
I don’t totally believe the story of M2 being a “final fuck you” narrative. I think there’s more to the story. 

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On mickyshambles wrote:

I put in the high bid on CR03. I saw the others go for a high amount and thought “man, fuck those other freaks – this freak is gonna get a step closer to completing his collection!”
After the auction, and although I wouldn’t have regretted buying it, I wondered if the other winning bids were from the same buyer. I wouldn’t like any sets to be split up,  so I asked the seller on ebay (I’d like to take this opportunity to accept the 2017 Spfreaks Heart of Gold Award). He said they were from the same buyer, and that he had left a note on the invoice for me saying that the other buyer would like to contact me. I was thinking he could have a complete set and maybe I could make a quick hundred bucks/quid. When he mentioned a possible trade, I said that I was looking for the daughter flexidisc. He had it, and I agreed to just buy it off him and cancel my bid on the CR03 cd. So at least you know that that complete set is still together.

The flexidisc is now with me and I’m very pleased! I wanted it more than the cd set but hopefully they’ll be another chance in the future to get the machina ii cds for a more reasonable price. I know that there were more flexis pressed than the cd set but the last time I had known of someone obtaining one was you, Cream, I guess nearly ten years ago. I’d only actively been looking for one for the daughter discs for the last couple of years though and hadn’t seen any for sale.

I see that the tatty set has been up for auction twice since. I wonder why the buyers cancelled the sales. I made a lower bid for them when the first sale was cancelled but the seller was expecting more from other buyers. So if you’re reading, the offer’s still open. 🙂

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On Cool As Ice Cream wrote:

ah yes, it was relisted. $850 starting bid. 0 bids. twice.

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On mickyshambles wrote:

oh, ok, so only one auction was cancelled. maybe i’ll email the seller after i spend too much at glastonbury. :/

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