Where do you find the best bargains on quality used LPs?

Where do you find the best bargains on quality used LPs?
Music retailers
12% (14 votes)
Specialty audio stores
4% (4 votes)
Used record shops
45% (51 votes)
Flea markets or swap meets
6% (7 votes)
Garage sales
10% (11 votes)
Estate sales
3% (3 votes)
0% (0 votes)
Thrift stores
4% (4 votes)
Radio station changeovers
1% (1 vote)
Library sales
1% (1 vote)
Publications like <I>Goldmine</I>
2% (2 votes)
Other (explain)
14% (16 votes)
Total votes: 114

Many audiophiles are also record collectors. There are many ways to add to your collection. Which one works for you?

Surya Sutantio's picture

I like to buy records anytime and anywhere when I want it.

David Adkisson's picture

Over the past several years I have had excellent luck finding good quality used LPs at Collectibles. This is a great shop with thousands of records always in stock. Collectibles is located on West Lee Street in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Rob Malcolm's picture

Flea markets have provided for a great portion of my vinyl collection most of the records I have purchased at flea markets have cost between $1 and $6.

Donavon Petersen's picture

The Chicago area is the Mecca of used-record stores! (Why am I telling you this?)

Bob Birfahtz, Tampa's picture

Oh yeah! Like estate sales, dude. That way I get the really KILLER music.

Eric Hansen's picture

Cleveland's Royal Garden Records.

Ron taylor's picture

Actually I buy a number from used record stores and from auctions. However, I probably spend more money with music retailers.

Mr.  X's picture

And you think that I'd reveal that to you?

Richard Bonnette's picture

Thanks for giving me some new ideas on finding vinyl!

nils's picture

it is verv dificult to find a good record shop around here the speciallty audio stores are helpfuul in this effort tho. a good hifi shop has many good ideas for where to buy deadnils1@juno.com

Ben Tostenson's picture

Record shows are also a good source. The key is to have an idea about how much you should pay for a particular album. A music shop may charge $8.00 for a used LP and you may be able to find the same LP for $3.00 at a show or the opposite may be the case.

Anonymous's picture

Don't care!!!!!!!

Chris Kuhn's picture

There are a few good music retailers left who still carry a good selection of new and used Records. Problem is most of them are local shops that are not local to my current residence.

Bill's picture

Once you've completed your survey, please provide links or a board to post locations where LPs can be found.

Jeffrey Morgan's picture

A used-record shop brings out the scavenger and grazing instincts once you walk in the door. It's a ritualistic exercise that offers the most choices.

Johann E.  Lee's picture

While I do buy records, both new and pre-owned, from all the sources I can find, God help me, I feel more secure in knowing that ethically run mail-order businesses like those advertised in Goldmine (ethical from the buyer's point of view; who knows what they do to get these gems . . . ) exist. My absolute last stop for older, out-of-print LPs that are usually rated and often reasonably priced.

Kenneth's picture

I get most of my stuff from a guy who trades all kinds of LPs. He has become a known source of LPs and others turn to him to help sell of their collections.

C.  Celli's picture

Used record shops are about the only place you're going to find bargain vinyl. Flea markets, garage sales, and thrift stores would be good places too, but nothing in playable condition ever ends up at those places---and if it is in playable condition it's not music worth listening to. Radio-station changeovers, library and estate sales are a moot point. Whoever runs across these things? Auctions, almost exclusively run through Goldmine, are the best places to find rare and specific releases in the conditions you're looking for. However, auctions, Goldmine, and mail-order sellers are usually a total rip, and about as far from a bargain as you possibly get. Specialty audio stores are a good place to get sealed, reissue vinyl (regular releases such as Odyssey and OJC, as well as recent audiophile re-releases)---and I'd say $3-$6 is a bargain for a sealed record (if the pressing's not awful).

Lance Huntley's picture

I've copped LPs through all the mentioned channels, but I get great deals at dead peoples' houses. The young 'uns typically don't know what they have, heh-heh-heh.

andy warner's picture

bargin includes finding what I want - and the best nearby one's are in Chicago

K Doctor's picture

The Search is the thing . . . my latest favorite haunt: NYC's Colony Records. Weed out the crap and walk out with overlooked gems at $2.98---some still sealed!!

jnoble@telcomplus.net's picture

Garage sales! I've found most of my collection this way. Most people are just trying to get rid of their "JUNK," so they don't even care what they sell it for.

Frank (boogiemn@frontier.net's picture

Record Man in Durango, Colorado is currently featuring consignment sale from a large collection. I picked up a mint original copy of the Royal Guardsmen's Snoopy vs. the Red Baron . . . Many hundreds of excellent artists and titles still left! . . . :-)

B.  Houston's picture

Used-record stores have the best selection; the records are often cleaner and in some cases new or nearly new. Most of the vinyl I've bought at garage sales has been junk; and the chase from one to the other is tedious. Flea markets merely have a higher concentration of junk. There are four used-record stores within an hour of my house. One is outstanding, two are very good, and one is average. I've thus quit searching at garage sales. The only problem with the stores is that my family will not accompany me---I get enthralled and spend too much time digging through the bins.

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Stan Verstaendig's picture

I love to patronize the smaller local shops. In this age of the mall mentality, it is getting harder and harder for the small store to make it. That is why I go out of my way to find small local stores. Besides, what are the odds of finding a good used copy of (for example) Thelonious Monk's Straight No Chaser on vinyl in the local Sam Goody? I found one just yesterday, in mint condition, at the local store in my area.

J.  Milton's picture

I always give the records a close visual inspection before buying. I've gotten some incredible bargains this way!

Gary Black's picture

Generally pay $1 per record at favorite flea market record store.

Mark J.  Bernstein's picture

In the past several months, I have found about a half-dozen records on the internet that I'd been searching for for years . Fabulous sense of accomplishment!

Radford's picture

Garage sales have been the best in my experiences. Most people who sell their LP's generally have lost interest in the music, or no longer think LP's sound "good" anymore.