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Ebay woes

Oh great wise people of LJ... I summon you! Please, come help this foolish mortal in his plight.

I bought a CD set off of eBay (Led Zeppelin boxed set... great price!) The seller's description noted that some CDs were "lightly" scratched but still "playable." I figured, OK, that should be fine.


The first two CDs refuse to be ripped to my hard drive through iTunes. In fact, they basically crash the program. Most unfortunate.

So, what do I do now besides e-mailing the seller for being such a shithead? Is iTunes more sensitive? Would I have better luck ripping to MP3s with some other program and then simply copy paste the files to my iTunes library? Or, do those CD scratch fixer thingies really work?

Help me please, oh great seer of LJ. I am but a lowly servant begging for a smidgen of your great intelligence.


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Nov. 30th, 2006 12:58 am (UTC)
Just get the scratches out, and it'll work fine.

I have a manual CD/DVD de-scratcher that I paid I think $29 for about five years ago, and it's saved my patootie numerous times and earned it's keep many times over.

If you don't want to own your own disk polisher, you probably can find someone near you who will has one who will help.
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
UPDATE: Read this :)
Nov. 30th, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
my kids often take their scratched CDs, games and DVDs to the local game shop. I think they charge us like $2 to use their de-scratcher. It's worked great.
Nov. 30th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
CD de-scratchers can work though it might depend on the extent of the damage. Another option besides giving the seller negative feedback and bitching in email is a formal ebay complaint about the item/seller. That might result in your money back and returning the product, or it might not. Good luck!
Nov. 30th, 2006 01:39 am (UTC)
Okay, there are two methods that I have found for descratching CDs, and they are this: take a gentle scrubby and some dish detergent and run the scrubby across the CD in straight lines, don't go in a circular motion, or it could damage the info on the CD. The other way of descratching CDs is really disgusting but it works; lick the CD in the same manner you would clean it with the scrubby, long straight licks, dry it off and drop it in the drive. It should work, I have had horribley damaged CDs work by doing either of these things. Then try ripping it using windows media player, that has never failed me, it seems to be a real work horse, at least in my opinion.
Nov. 30th, 2006 01:46 am (UTC)
If the mechanical scratch removers don't do the job, there are two courses of last resort:

Exact Audio Copy

CDDA Paranoia

Both of them will, given enough time, read just about any CD that it is even slightly physically possible to read, and transcribe the bits onto your hard drive. Sadly, neither of them have a Mac version, so you'll need windows for the former, and linux for the latter.

(actually there have been a couple of attempt to port paranoia to the mac, but I don't think any of them are well-maintained)
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:01 am (UTC)
Write the seller and try to resolve it - don't take it out by providing bad feedback. The descratchers thing might work but it's been awhile since I've done it. I did a quick search and found this:


Good luck!
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:09 am (UTC)
I've had really good luck with the scratch remover kit thing I bought at target like a million years ago...it saved several of my cd's long enough for me to get them ripped.
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:20 am (UTC)
something else i'm surprised hasn't been mentioned already, try it with another computer / cd drive. different drives have different tolerances for scratches.
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:33 am (UTC)
duh... or find someone else that owns these that already has them ripped. will a zip be ok? drop a line to my gmail, tgrey1@ and i'll send you a link once i have them up.
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
I've used a tiny bit of lemon Pledge furniture wax, buffed lightly with a lint-free (microfiber is good, the kind eyeglass places sometimes give out for free) cloth. The wax fills in the scratches just enough to make the CD readable.
Nov. 30th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
Dish soap and a soft towel have worked wonders for me. I buy a lot of CDs secondhand and frequently content with scratches.
Nov. 30th, 2006 06:18 am (UTC)
Put me square on the side of the disc repair kit crowd... my Disk Doctor or Scratch Doctor or whatever it's called (cranky thing with what appears to be a rubber belt that gets pulled across the spinning CD as you crank) has brought 3 discs back from the dead. I wouldn't use it for just minor scratches, though, because that's what cdparanoia is for.

And then, yeah, there's the "download someone else's rip" method. I own both LZ boxed sets (I assume we're talking about the studio ones, I think there are a couple live ones too) and if you don't hook up with tgrey, feel free to hit me up... or just hit Soulseek or Limewire since LZ is not exactly rare.

In either case, don't neg the ebay user unless you actually go through the whole complaint process first and come up empty handed, because you will get a retaliatory neg and no one needs that.
Nov. 30th, 2006 07:26 am (UTC)
Find it on a P2P and DL it. you've purchased it in good faith and you essentially bought certain rights of access so there shouldn't be any concern (moral, legal, or otherwise) of your DLing it.
Nov. 30th, 2006 04:13 pm (UTC)
Actually incorrect in purchasing it one has purchased the rights to make a copy of what you already own not get it from an alternate source.
This in no way should rule out getting the missing items from an alternate source but lets not build false legal precepts here.
Nov. 30th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Ah, the greatest legal mind the world has evern known has spoken. Now all is known and the world is good.

Nov. 30th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
Not at all oh great one
Nov. 30th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
I believe I have already asked you quite respectfully not to post in my journal again. I do not want your advice.

I would manually ban you, but it would appear that in itself is useless, because you will simply post comments anonomously, like you frequently do on other journals that have you banned. So, barring banning anonymous comments altogether, something I loathe to do because I do have non-LJ people who read me from time to time, I seem to be in a quandary.

I ask again - do NOT post in my journal, please.
Nov. 30th, 2006 05:40 pm (UTC)
Actually I never post anonymously in anyone journal Phil. And the only LJ that has me banned is Alan's which is no great loss.
Nov. 30th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
Then you are more oblivious than I previously thought. There are quite a few people who have done what I am about to do.

You do not care for me. I do not care for you. I don't understand why you make comments on my journal in spite of these facts.

I am banning you now, Dov. Please stay away from me and mine.

Nov. 30th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
You anoy Phil.
I bite you.

And not in the good and fun ways.

Nov. 30th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
You should get your CD's from me. My company owns RCA and BMG. I get CD's for $2 each. We have many box sets...
Nov. 30th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
I need to remember this. Or just tell you what I like so you can shower me with presents. (You're too far away for other showers.)
Nov. 30th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
just tell me what you like so I can shower you with presents...
Nov. 30th, 2006 02:10 pm (UTC)
I see most people mentioned getting the scratches out. However, if you take it to a Hollywood Video, they will have a professional scratch removal machine there. If you beg nicely, and probably offer to succumb to whatever $9.99 special they have running, they'll run it through for you. Oh, make sure to go on a not busy time.

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