Finally, a way to get rid of those used CDs when you’re too lazy to leave the house.
How it all began
Owner Eric Glube, along with his best friends, started Campus Discs during the summer of 1996, after graduating from U of T. They drove to campuses all around the province, sourcing used CDs, and selling them at school events and in campus bookstores. “We would bring about 500 CDs to [McMaster on consignment] each week and there would be students lining up early trying to get the best picks,” says Glube.
How he’s weathered that whole “death of CDs” thing
As Campus Discs’ success grew, CD-sourcing stations were established in Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. But an expanding business and the declining value and interest in CDs necessitated a change in strategy. Glube began to move more of his business off campuses and into the cluttered abodes of Toronto’s audiophiles—by going directly to their homes.
“I buy the collections as a whole,” he says. “If you bring 200 CDs to a secondhand store they might buy 10 of them, and many people are frustrated by that.”
So, how’s business?
Glube says that he can make a decent profit sourcing CDs from individuals across the province and then selling the lots to second-hand stores (he once procured over 20,000 CDs and DVDs in one go). He also made the move into used DVDs and, as of this year, vintage vinyl. No matter how much the world may want to forget the likes of LFO or Crazy Town, Glube has learned that nothing is unsellable.