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Founded Year

2000

Stage

Angel | Alive

Total Raised

$2.5M

Last Raised

$2.5M | 4 yrs ago

About Discogs

Zink Media, dba Discogs, is a website and database of information about audio recordings. Discogs also offers a Marketplace for buying and selling vinyl and CDs.

Discogs Headquarter Location

4145 SW Watson Avenue Suite 490

Beaverton, Oregon, 97005,

United States

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New to Vinyl Records? Here’s What You Need to Know

Jun 1, 2021

To revist this article, visit My Profile, then View saved stories . Vinyl is officially back, but of course it never truly went away . It’s outlived the iPod, cassettes, and now CDs . A whole new generation is discovering vinyl, and it’s easier now than ever to buy records and get into the hobby if you're interested. As a collector of 11 years , I’ve learned a lot when it comes to vinyl and availability. Not every album is going to be easy to find the moment you want it. Some collectors call it the “hunt.” But if you are new to record collecting, it’s easy to fall into the resell market trap of paying high prices for albums you can’t find easily (not to mention high prices for turntables and accessories ). If you've just started your vinyl obsession, here are the things I wish I knew when I started to collect: Independent Record Stores Are Your Friend A quick Google search will show you all the record stores in your area. The best thing about independent shops is that they’re all unique. Every store will have different inventory, offering a chance of finding records that are hard to get online. Independent record shops also occasionally get their own exclusive pressing of an album, which is usually a limited edition. They also can get promotional singles or posters to give away with the first pressings of an album. Once you search, follow as many shops as you can on social media like Instagram, Facebook, even TikTok. Because of the pandemic, many record stores started posting their stock on their own website or Discogs (more on that in a moment) and will offer you the choice of shipping or picking it up. So even if there are not great record stores near you, there’s a chance you can still get the music you really want in the mail. The best independent stores will usually also have the best information about upcoming releases and when an out-of-print album is expected to be in stock again. Don’t Miss Record Store Day Photograph: Getty Images Record Store Day (or RSD) started in 2007 as a way to celebrate independent record shops back when vinyl was thought to be a dying medium. It usually takes place on a Saturday in April with hundreds of limited-edition releases of albums that are either out of print or available for the first time on vinyl. Because of the pandemic, RSD 2021 is expected to take place on June 12 and July 17. RSD special editions are usually pressed in small batches, which makes them highly attractive to collectors, and folks just interested in the music can have a tough time scoring one without planning in advance. The full list for this year is already out, and these pressings are only available at independent shops. Keep in mind, however, not every record store participates in the event. The best way to find out if your local shop will carry RSD releases is to go to recordstoreday.com and use the search engine to find participating stores. They also have a list of record stores and their current Covid protocols. Use Discogs to Keep Track of Your Collection Discogs is a digital hub for all things vinyl. It’s a marketplace, social media site, and encyclopedia for records and other physical media formats. The most useful thing about Discogs is that you can keep track of your collection, and its database is extremely complete, down to various pressings and releases of the same record. The site also gives you estimates on the value of your collection as it grows and as pressings become rare. As a marketplace, your best hack is to see what record stores in your area post their inventory to Discogs … and then call them directly to purchase over the phone. If you’re local, you can avoid shipping fees and possibly even get a discount! Some places increase the price of records on Discogs to compensate for seller fees and shipping. Use Social Media to Find Community After you follow record stores on social media, you might find record accounts on Instagram and TikTok of collectors showing off their vinyl. This is the best way to find your virtual vinyl community . Posting your vinyl on TikTok can be the start of online friendships with other collectors, DJs, and music lovers. Your real-life friends and family might not get the excitement you feel when you receive a new record in the mail or land that special in-store pressing, but the online community will be ecstatic when you show it off. Instagram accounts like Addiction to Vinyl also post vinyl alerts for new records and restocks. Major Retailers Have Joined In This might sound odd to someone shopping for music in the 21st century, but if you go to Target, Walmart, or even Urban Outfitters, take a look at their music section. You'll find a number of mainstream artists on vinyl in big-box department stores. Retailers have taken advantage of the vinyl market by releasing their own exclusive pressings of albums. These pressings usually have an alternate cover and are some sort of color variant, just to make them destination purchases. This is a great alternative if you want a special edition of a record but don’t have an independent record shop in your area. Buy Only What You’ll Enjoy Vinyl can become an expensive hobby. Just because it's trendy and growing doesn't mean that prices for gear are coming down, or that records are being pressed like they used to be. It’s easy to find yourself accumulating a lot of records that end up just collecting dust because they were a great get at the time, or you bought them thinking of their collector's value and not their musical value. It’s better to start off with a small collection of albums you play over and over again than to have a large collection of vinyl you listen to once a year—or worse, forget you own altogether. In other words, take it slow. Vinyl's not going away anytime soon. More Great WIRED Stories

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