Try either of these online merchants. I've had good luck with both of them.
If you're careful, you can get some good records on ebay. Quality sellers understand the importance of good feedback, and do whatever they can to keep it as high as possible.
If you know what you are doing on Amazon, you can do extremely well there buying used. There's 2 main things to consider when shopping with them. The first is that most of the used LP's are not sold directly by Amazon, but by their marketplace sellers. Going that route sounds risky, but its not. Not many people know this, but Amazon has what they call an A-Z guarantee. If the item is not what the seller states or you don't get it for any reason, you file an A-Z claim. Amazon makes sure you get a refund. I've had to use it several times myself. They don't play games. You get your money back.
I've had pretty good experience with Amazon. Also, to echo Zd545's comment, Amazon takes a lot of risk out the transaction. For consistency, Acoustic Sounds has been very good as well. They have good used vinyl which tends to be on the pricey side. However, their rating system is usually accurate. Good luck and happy listening!
There are plenty of reliable sellers out there,you just have to take the time to buy and note what you get from who you got it from. Soundstage Direct sells sealed vinyl @ a discount if the record has a bent corner or a split seam. I bought a Foghat Fool for the City MFSL for 19.99 because it had a split seam. Vinyl was brand new and sealed.
Contrary to Ebm's experience, I've bought thousands of great quality, used LP's on Ebay... usually at very good prices. Of my 4,000+ LP's, about 80% came from Ebay (US, UK, France and Germany). 99% of those were in great condition.
Early on, I ran into one or two untrustworty sellers. If they failed to make good I left them scathing feedback and moved on. The sellers I stuck with have never shipped me a bad record. I'm friendly with some and we even trade Xmas cards. Ebay is no different than any other group of people: a few bad apples but decent folks on the whole.
It may help that my collection is mostly classical. Classical boxed sets offer ridiculously good value and the records are often Mint... literally never played before I got them.
Seriously however, the only problem I find with EBay (and this relates to Jazz since that is the only thing I collect) is that everyone seems to be looking for the same 200 jazz records. You'd think that Miles Davis and John Coltrane were the only jazz artists that ever lived and that Blue Note was the only label that knew how to do vinyl.
Fortunately real jazz fans know this is very far from the truth. I am listening right now to a Steeplechase recording of Archie Schepp and Horace Parlance "Trouble in Mind" it is just stunning and I bought it on. eBay for cheap.
I agree with Dougdeacon. I would estimate that 95% of my vinyl was used when I acquired it. I have only had one bad experience from ebay, and it turned out to be my mistake, as I had misread the ad.
I also buy mostly classical, however. It really does seem like classical music fans take much better care of their LPs. I will concede that it is much more difficult to find used jazz, rock, etc. in good shape. I do buy a fair amount of spoken word recordings, however, and have had very good luck with those.
Maybe Ebm's just like a fisherman with a favorite spot. "There's nothin' here! Go away! Don't waste your time! (Bwah-ha-hah!)"
Classical listeners may be less prone to spinning records when, um... influenced by certain substances. Being able to use one's fingers without having to give them verbal directions can be helpful.
List of Record Dealers.
I was hoping to introduce myself to the Audiogon community(perhaps a few know of my enterprise already) but I did not want to seem too eager to toot my own horn. I hope that a list of vinyl sources(of which I am a small participant) will be of some value. There will be many obvious and famous sources of course. There are also a few I have stumbled across recently while researching prices for the sealed vinyl I am adding to my website.
My name is Lloyd Sitkoff and since 1985 I have been(rather unsuccessfully) selling (mostly classical recordings). Back in the 90's I would publish a mail order set sale list about once a year (modeled on the lists issued by Dave Canfield(Ars Antiqua). Somewhere, mixed in with my 80000 Lps,20000 cds,1000 reel to reels and a few hundred cassettes are a box or 2 of old dealer catalogs.
Now that I am retired and have more time to devote to music sales perhaps it is time to let fellow Agoners know of my Quixotic enterprise. My 2 week old website (trytoneclassical.com) only has a few hundred items but I am trying to add more(mostly sealed) items every day. In the last 18 months I purchased an 8000 item collection from the Austin Audiophile-Arnold Menn(and later bought his VPI Classic with Lyra Kleos cartridge) and a collection of 8000 LPs and 2000 Laser discs from a San Antonio collector(and then bought his VPI HW 19 Mark 3/SME 309/Lyra Helikon front end). Almost all of the Laser discs are sealed and about 10% of the LPs as well(However his interest were solidly in the Opera/Vocal realm). Please feel free to contact me thru Agon if you have some items you are searching for. You can probably google Try Tone Records if you wish to email,write or call.
Many of the names I was familiar with then I believe are still in business.
322 Swain Ave., Bloomington, IN, 47401, United States
812-333-5463 | firstname.lastname@example.org |
Larry Brights LPs
5903 Pine View Dr Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Immortal Performances Classical Records Tapes & Compact Disc
1404 West 30th St
Austin, TX 78703 - View Map
Phone: (512) 478-9954
Now for the famous online sources
Next a handful of sources I have stumbled on in the last few days.
Need more try these terms in your favorite search engine Record shops Record dealers Record stores or substitute vinyl for record. Or where to buy vinyl.