Where to buy vinyl?

Hello all,

I want to start off my brother in laws vinyl collection and want to get about 30 albums in a wide selection.

Pink Floyd, steely Dan, dire straights, etc lots of ear candy 

but, where to buy?please let me know good experiences, much appreciated!


I use eBay and discogs. My experiences with both have been positive. I buy used original pressings. New reissues cut from digital files are of no interest to me. I am price conscious and look for the lowest prices. I have never had to return a used LP. How the cover looks is of little concern. I will not buy any Mobile Fidelity after learning of their dishonesty.

All LP's I buy get a thorough cleaning and a new inner sleeve before play. Before playing a side I apply Stylast to the stylus. This acts as a lubricant and reduces stylus wear. After playing a side I brush the stylus with some liquid Nagaoka 801 stylus cleaner. 

I refuse to pay the exorbitant prices for new reissues ($25-$35), aside from their being cut from digital files. Good to Excellent copies can often be found for around $10 or less!

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My favorite hunting ground was the local Goodwill two miles from my house. LP's there were $1 apiece! Mostly rock and classical. Over the years I bought a thousand or so!

Not wanting to incur the wrath of Jason Bourne, but I'm not willing to commit to the program.  Of used records that is.  Some people don't mind a few pops and clicks when listening to vinyl.  I hate it.  When buying a new LP for my collection, I want pristine sound.  To that end, it's really hard to beat Amazon.  Fast delivery and no hassle free returns if the product is not perfect.  I only have one very good TT and it only plays great vinyl.   Don't get me wrong, as I have bought a lot of used LPs in the past.  I've simply come to the conclusion, for me anyway, that life is to short, and the investment in my system is too large, to not be playing the best records available.  And I don't think $25 is a lot to pay for something that will hive me years of enjoyment.  IMHO.

Mixture of new bands from Amazon and used originals in NM condition from Discogs.com.

Almost all used are pre 1980 non digital recordings. All cleaned in ultrasonic bath before play. Fresh archival quality inner and outer sleeves.

Does he live nearby? If so, the best gift you can give him might be to make a date to go to the nearest record store and then guide him thru the selection of 30 LPs. You can teach him what you know about condition, different pressings, reissues, etc. One of the many joys of entering the world of vinyl is patronizing physical record stores, finding deals by crawling through the stacks, talking to other music lovers, and interacting with knowledgeable, quirky staff. This may set him off on a path of discovery that leads to a new hobby and a lifetime immersed in vinyl culture.


Of all the bigtime vendors that sell used vinyl, the stringency that used vinyl people demand of their sellers is most likely to be observed and respected by the Discogs seller. Buying new vinyl is fine, and there are plenty of options for that, but finding quality pressings at reasonable prices for vintage pressings (I’d recommend not only choosing only those sellers with 99.8%-100% rating, but ones with comprehensive descriptions of the items in question, and don’t be afraid to ask for pictures if you’re curious, and don’t suffer the fools that show unresponsive/late/sloppy/irresponsible correspondence with you, the customer) is relatively easy and hassle-free on Discogs.  The ability as a buyer to purchase with exact specificity a particular vinyl pressing one has on Discogs is also a big plus if one knows exactly which pressing they want.

I find Discogs, like any third-party vendor, is not perfect (I’ve had a few dud sellers I’ve dealt with) but all of the things I mentioned about it remain true, and the number of perfect transactions I’ve had vastly outweigh the number of bad transactions.

I find being very informed before purchasing music on vinyl is very helpful, and the ability to know exactly the right pressing FOR YOU and then being able to purchase that very pressing with ease, reliability and (with some sleuthing and perhaps some luck) at a reasonable price is where Discogs is advantageous.

Discogs. What Jason said plus ultrasonic clean before first play

If you don’t do that buying new is a waste. I too hate LP noise

Try this: https://www.ebay.com/str/Audio-Archives-LLC-Cleveland-Vinyl

Here is his other site: http://www.clevelandvinyl.com/cleaning-process.html


The records are graded and steam cleaned. If you are buying 30, give him a call before ordering.


Good luck!

Excellent thank you all. Yes he is near by and I do have a record store within 10 miles that I’ll probably visit first and check it out. 
‘maybe buy 1 online one on discogs for the experience then if the store is good take him afterwards and hook him up. I’ll check out the other links as well, equal opportunity patronage !


craigslist sometimes has bulk sales. E.g. there was a guy in LA, a few weeks ago selling 1000s for $5 a piece, incredible selection. There are a lot of collections up for sale, some only sell to one buyer, some willing to sell one by one.

I go to a record store once a week and buy from ebay. I always have a plan, look for a certain artist and go for the lowest price. Worst case scenario I buy it again, I'd spend 5-10 dollars twice rather than 35. 

For some albums, new may be best, you would need to know about the specific copy, who/when/where, I had a post about that with great insight provided in the comments. 

I have three new LPs in the original wrap, I have not opened them. I just look at them from time to time and feel like I need the right moment to remove the nylon. For me vinyl is all about the time travel and I want that original sleeve with the 70s ads on it.

and I don't hate the hiss and pop. I think they added it to the track on purpose so that we know that song is about to begin :)

I’m with Bourne.  Used first pressing are preferable to, almost anything pressed today.  It just sounds more dynamic to me.  I don’t need a “polite” pressing of Pink Floyd Animals.  I want it to part my hair when I turn the volume up.  


I have a couple of local record stores that I frequent. Both have an excellent stock of used LP's and new releases. They also buy vinyl if you want to sell some of your collection.

I second Discogs. I've bought over 30 LPs through Discogs. Except for one LP, I have received wonderfully playing records. Can't beat it.

I'm a 1st pressing junkie,  I've noticed at least on ebay that there definition of excellent is different from mine.  If I buy a 1st pressing on ebay I ask the seller a question ( Snap crackle pop? Surface noise in between tracks?) Reason is I recently purchased a Neil Young Harvest 1st pressing and the listing said Excellent for "Vinyl"  I got it, The LP looked great, I put it on, dropped the Stylus and Very bad surface noise to start and then when Out on the Weekend started it skipped about 5 times through the song.  Turned it over and Old Man skipped bad.  It went back!  I went as far as to check my Stylus and tracking force with my qauge. Put on my Steely Dan Aja and all was good on my end.  Truly shocked on his Excellent grading.