Saw on the news the other night that independent vinyl retailers are seeing a further rise in record sales. Good news all-round for employment and the qualities vinyl provides.
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I do hope independent record stores can continue to survive, and hopefully, flourish.
Vinyl in shops, is getting easier and easier to get, but the bargains that were once available at car boots etc, are proving more and more difficult to find, as all the dealers are there at the crack of dawn, fighting each other to get to them. I tried to compete with some last weekend, but, I don't know if it's luck, or experience, but they all seem to beat me to the best records. One guy spent £110 on about 10 records, while I didn't have more than £30 on me.
Vinyl is most definitely back.
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We haven't even begun to promote the fact that we now sell vinyl in store, but a local guy came in the other day who had never even visited our store before to buy vinyl because someone had told him about us.
Things are definitely looking good for vinyl sales, and if you look at just how much stuff is out there on new vinyl (old and new artists), it almost seems like there's far more available than there was ten years ago.
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There seems to be a overall, albeit small, increases year-by-year, first reported here by WHFI themselves. That said, in my neck of the woods, they are sparse. The nearest is Kingston....
While driving through Kingston a few months ago, I noticed the record shop in (I think) London Road, near the falling down phone boxes anyway. I think they were selling mainly cds when I lived around there in the nineties, but I'm sure I noticed vinyl through the window as I drove past.
I also remember at the end of the nineties that there was a little record shop in Worcester Park, but having not been there since, I have no idea if it's still there.
Yes, it's good news in terms of vinyl availability. As BBB mentioned, it's a trade off between new found availability and higher prices for car boot and charity shop LPs, but on balance it's definitely preferable to see actual record shops survive and maybe prosper.
Leeds, as mentioned previously. Is quite well served. After Crash and Jumbo, the third ranked, for me at least, is Relics. Excellent availability but perceptibly increased prices. Crash has even revamped the years old layout and swapped the CDs and vinyl displays around, giving greater prominence to vinyl. All interesting and hopefully not short-lived stuff.
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It's closed then.
We haven't even begun to promote the fact that we now sell vinyl in store
Looks like you made a start just there, subtle.
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When I visited a friend in Leeds many years ago, he took me to a record shop in Halifax, can't remember quite where, but it was in an old building with lots of other shops.
That was good as far as I remember.
Used to live around the Sutton area and had popped into Mikes a few times over the years. Let's hope the upturn in sales has helped the little shops a bit more.
Sounds like The Peace (or Piece) Hall in Halofax. Not been for years myself but I recall it being home to some vinyl stores.
That's the place Charlie. Really nice looking building.
Good news for vinyl lovers indeed, and it is good to know shops are re-opening.
I was walking through Abergavenny the other week and noticed a smallish shop dealing only in vinyl that I hadn't noticed before. Turns out he has been there 4 years.
So my nearest store is no longer Newport as it used to be.
I really must get out more.
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