LaLa is a webservice that provides a cheap and easy way to get new albums (CDs) and at the same time get rid of your old dusty CDs you have lying around. I like to think of it as a Distributed Used Music Store. I make a list of all the CDs that I own on LaLa’s site and then a make another list of CDs I would like. If someone has a CD on their Want List and I have on my Have List, a little “Ship It” button appears and I have the option to ship my CD to them using the cases and envelopes LaLa provides. In turn I can recieve CDs the the reverse fashion and I’m only charged 1.49 for the CD ($1.00 for the trade, and $0.49 for the shipping). The real beauty of the system is their Karma score each user has. You generate Karma by trading and sending out CDs quickly; Even sending out CDs with liner notes included provides your Karma score with a little extra juice. Not only that but you get a little extra real-life karma too because not only is this service 100% lawyer-free and sue-proof but they also give a portion of the proceeds to the artist after every trade.
This is usually the paragraph where I tell you why I hate it, but there’s not much not to like here. One problem I did have right off the bat was while I was creating my “Have List” I accidently clicked on a CD I own and added it to my “Want List”. I didn’t think this was much of a problem until I tried to remove it but someone had already initiated the sending process which, I found out, locked out my ability to remove the CD from my Want List. Bummer. I really didn’t want two coppies of Live – Throwing Copper. I got the problem resolved after to quick emails to the sender and the site admin. Wasn’t a big issue, but that might be something worth automating becuase I can’t be the only one to fall into that hole so far. Other tham that though, my weekend with the service has been great. I’ll let you know how the following weeks go and if they ever send me the shirt they promised me.
Link: Mike’s public LaLa page