Do you ever buy LPs that you never open to sell later?

Do you ever buy LPs that you never open to sell later?
Yes, all the time
5% (9 votes)
Yes, but only sometimes
4% (7 votes)
Only once or twice
13% (22 votes)
Never, but I do buy vinyl
45% (79 votes)
I don't buy vinyl
33% (58 votes)
Total votes: 175

We all know that vinyl collectors like the sound and feel of a 12" LP, but reader DAB suspects many of you horde sealed copies of LPs to sell later. Do you ever buy LPs that you never open to sell later?

Steve W's picture

It would never occur to me to buy something that I didn't plan to play and enjoy.

klaus's picture

That's crazy.

S.  Chapman's picture

It's true that I have unopened LPs but only because I haven't gotten around to them yet. In general, I find that collecting used LPs is more satisfying than buying the audiophile variety.

L.  Britja, La Jolla, CA's picture

i buy multiple copies of LPs, crack a couple open to listen to, and sell what's left sealed on eBay. It's the American way!

F.  Chasinovsky, Van Nuys, CA's picture

I love vinyl. That's why I listen to it exclusively. As for purchasing multiple copies of the same LP, and then "hoarding" the sealed copies to sell later, I've done it for the past 30 or so years. It's a win-win scenario.

Louis Fischer's picture

I buy vinyl to listen to it, not to sell it later.

pablo's picture

I havent bought vinl since the 90s, but my albums are in very good shape. I digitized them and that was it.

Klen's picture

What's bought bagged is for my own feasting, none will escape my TT.

Neal Miller's picture

I only buy vinyl to enjoy the music, not for investment. I typically prefer CDs to standard commercial LPs (though I might prefer a mint audiophile LP) due to total lack of surface noise and the fact that my lower-end equipment cannot really deliver the better quality that a high-end rig might.

H.  Williams, Hollywood Hills's picture

I can't think of a better return on my investments. I'm also afforded the opportunity to enjoy the luscious sound of vinyl.

jaybo's picture

i collect multiple copies of my favorites, but but there are far better investments, if the motive is profit.

Randy Melton's picture

I bought two new copies of MoFi version of Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. I still have them both!

C.  Healthgut, M.D., FACS's picture

Vinyl is a commodity. As such, it logically follows that many people will purchase LPs in bulk and then sell at such time as the market dictates.

Don Howden's picture

Great sounding vinyl is too hard to resist! Why not open it? If it's good, you'll be glad you did. If it's bad you probably couldn't have sold it, opened ot not, anyway.

Noah Bickart's picture

No, I buy vinyl to listen to the music embedded within.

Sar Hanley's picture

Those types should be shot and killed. And hung. Or impaled on rusty spikes and displayed prominently in oft-travelled village greens. Just to prove the point.

K.  Kjelson, Cincinnati, Ohio's picture

...and I've been wondering if I was the only LP "hoarder" to later sell in the open market. Great question; I can't wait to read other posters' comments.

Dave M.'s picture

That's like the kid who bought the Luke Skywalker figure and kept it in the package. He's missing the whole point. LPs are for playing!

John's picture

It's tempting to think that I have the foresight to predict the vinyl demands of the future, but I make a point of never buying something I don't like myself. Sometimes, a spare copy can mean peace of mind - I know I'll have a spare, and the investment is solid. I have been know to pick up a copy that's more likely to be eventually sold, than saved. This is part of the fun, I suppose, and there's really nothing preventing labels from a repress, so the risk is the hoarder's, ultimately.

steve rotterdam's picture

I hate that. We buy vinyl to play not to make money.

davet's picture

I am not quite as obsessive regarding source material.