April 8, 2006

Extending an invitation

lalaHave you heard of la la? No? Well, lemme tell ya. It’s pretty darn cool. It’s like an online swap meet.

Got a CD you don’t want? Someone else is dying for it. And someone out there owns that out-of-print CD you’ve been looking for forever.

What la la does, is brings people together. To trade music.

Just list the CDs you want to give away and those that you want. When la la lets you know someone wants one of your CDs, you ship it. Or sometimes you don’t. You can decide, “Wait, I kinda still want that,” and tell la la you’ve changed your mind. No problem.

This is perfect for those of you, like me, who store their CDs in a CaseLogic binder, and long ago recycled the jewel cases and/or liner notes. All you ship in the la la-provided CD case is the CD itself. If you have the liner notes and want to send them too, that’s super cool of you, but not necessary.

la la even provides mailing envelopes, with pre-paid postage. How much easier can this get?

The cost? Only $1.49 per trade.

I’ve received one CD and three more are on the way. And I’ve shipped three of my own. This is a great way to try out a new artist because you don’t waste $15 on a CD that you end up not liking, and you can just send it on to someone else who might.

By the way, this is not stealing. The peeps at la la request you practice good karma and remove the CD’s files from your iPod (or other mp3 player) as well as your computer before sending it off to its new home. And a portion of la la’s proceeds even benefit the artists. So, really, everybody wins!

For now, new users can sign up by invitation only and I have 4 invites to give away. Want one? Leave a comment and ask. Be sure to say please. Bribes and baked goods are accepted. Also, please only request an invitation after checking out la la for yourself. As I don’t have many invites, I want to make sure they go to those who are truly interested in this cool way to get new music.

10 people have roominated about “Extending an invitation”

  • Sam says:

    How cool, I’ve never heard of that before. I have hundreds of CDs and haven’t listened to most of them in years. I’ll defintitely check it out.

    Michele sent me.

  • rob says:


    I just signed up for my own invite. Can’twaitcan’twait.

  • jessica says:

    I’m in the habit of buying my stuff of iTunes now. So easy… like pie. Sounds cool (very) but my address hasn’t stayed the same for over 6 months lately, so I don’t sign up for these things. When I do know that I will have a fixed address for a while the first thing I want to sign up for is Netflix.

  • Ciera says:

    Cool. Here from Michele’s. I’ll have to check Lala out.

  • Laura says:

    sounds awesome! I’m heading over to check it out now. Here from Michelles! Thanks for stopping by my site.

  • Pearl says:

    Interesting service. I’ll check them out.

  • music_mama says:

    Hope I’m not too late, I’d love to pick up an invite. I’ve been selling used cd’s on but after their “commission” I’ve hardly made any $ and the artists havent either…

  • (e) says:

    I’m being a money-grubber and selling off about 70-100 cds at my local record store. Each bag of about 10 cds is bagging me about $15. not a GREAT haul but I figure it’s better than them just sitting on my shelves taking up space. I got the occasional cd or two that they won’t take, so I’ll prolly have Cath list them on LaLa for me.

  • ray says:

    would love an invite if you still have one!
    sounds like a great idea for a website!

  • Lisa says:

    I’d love an invite as well. I’m assuming, though, that members are limited in who they can invite….

roominate on this yourself