Jeff's Used Music Finder FAQ

$4 CD Clearance from Second Spin - Starts 7/29 Ends 8/1

How extensive is the search?
I currently search more than 50000 pages from more than 35 sites.
How often is the list updated?
Each site is visited at least three times/week.
How up to date is the data?
I currently reject any page which has not changed in the last 120 days.
How many title are in the database?
The exact number varies from day to day. Right now there are 23 titles in the database.
What are the different search options?
   1) Standard -- matches your phrase (modulo "noise words")
   2) Words in order -- matches all non noise words in your phrase, but allows intervening
        words (this option is especially useful for adding qualifiers like "Criterion")
   3) Keyword search matches all keywords in ANY order
   4) Regex search uses you to specificy a regular expression (still case insensitve).
       You can use the ^, $, *, +, ., ?, [], |, () and {} operators.
   5) Fuzzy -- try finding matches that are "close" to the request of there are no exact matches
Is there anything I should know about Music prices?
Yes!  Many of the sites run sales and discount all Record's at once ("30% off all orders through the end of the year" for example), so the price that you see does not reflect any "global discounts".  Also, remember that there is a wide range between the cheapest and most expensive shipping/handling policy.

Some sites do not list prices for indivual listing, but have general policies (e.g. all single disc movies are $13).   In many of these cases I add the price to each listing; if there are exceptions, or the policy changes, then the price that I list may not be accurate.

Why do I sometimes see matches that don't look like Record's?
The search engine is grabbing HTML pages and trying to extract the Music listings from the HTML; sometimes the engine gets slightly confused.   In general, I try to err on the side of including too many entries, rather than risking the loss of an entry which might be the only known copy of the disc that you are looking for.
What can I do if my favorite used Record site is not included?
Please let me know about the site and I will try to add it.
I have a list of Record's that I'm selling, but it's not on a web site, is there a way to get it included in your database?
Yes, see the Instructions For Posting Lists.....
Can I advertise on your site?
Yes, we do accept appropriate advertising. Click here for details
Some of the listings are not used records, why?
Some of the sites that I search put both new and used discs on the same page. Also, I intentionally include lists of sale, punchout and oop titles.
Are searches case sensitive?
What order are the results displayed in?
The engine tries to determine the selling price and then sorts the results by price with "unknown prices" at the end of the list.
Sometimes a title appears more than once for the same vendor, why?
There can be several reasons for this:
   The vendor has multiple copies (with different attributes) listed on a single page.
   The vendor has one copy listed more than once on a page (with different attributes).
   The vendor has copies listed on multiple pages.
Can you notify me if the disc that I'm looking for becomes available?
Yes, check out the notification feature.
How do I establish an account for the notification feature?
To use the notification feature, just supply your email address and a password. An account is created automatically if one does not exist.
My notification account disappeared, why?
If your mail server refuses the mail with a "user unknown" error, or the mail server DNS entry does not exist, then your account will be deleted.
Contributions and Thank You?
There is no charge for the use of the Music finder and you should feel free to use it as often as you like without any obligation.  If you would like to send donations, you can send me whatever you'd like (including Records, Laserdisc, DVD's and CD's) at work:

           Jeff Moskow
           Ready-to-Run Software, Inc.
           212 Cedar Cove
           Lansing, NY   14882


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