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    Posted: August 28 2021 at 10:22

I'm sure there have been threads on this topic many times before, but maybe not very recently. Where do you buy records (CDs, vinyl LPs, etc.)? List some of your favourite stores.

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Amazon, Symphonic, The Artist Shop, Bandcamp.
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Goner Records and Shangra Lai Records in Memphis. I usually don't have to pay any money because I have so many records to trade. I spent years stockpiling valuable records I acquired at garage sales and thrift stores and now I have plenty to trade off.
I used to trade records in san Francisco too. The two cities have very different markets.
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Local used shops, The Beat Goes On, Discogs & Local Online Auctions sites


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Originally posted by Easy Money Easy Money wrote:

Goner Records and Shangra Lai Records in Memphis. I usually don't have to pay any money because I have so many records to trade. I spent years stockpiling valuable records I acquired at garage sales and thrift stores and now I have plenty to trade off.
I used to trade records in san Francisco too. The two cities have very different markets.

I'll bet! From Santana and the Dead to...Dave Matthews Band and Garth?
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Usually Amazon
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New stuff from Cheeky Monkey in Sarnia usually, imports from a store in London, Ontario, used stuff comes from local shops, yard sales, pop-ups, etc.  I also buy from Amazon, Discogs, Burning Shed, from artists web sites, etc.

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New stuff from Amazon, Bandcamp, and iTunes. Used stuff from a place in Edmond, OK, but they donít have a lot thatís interesting. I like bandcamp the best because I can get lossless audio. I just wish they had more!
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Anywhere they're sold!  I often browse Amazon in my free time for fun, sometimes wind up buying. I also browse Discogs and shopgoodwill.com when I'm really bored. More fun for me though is in person shopping. Physical stores are easier to navigate than online ones, as if I like something I know where to go to come back to it later, and they often have things grouped by both price and name. Although there's just a certain fun quality about the physical hunt, which is why I often browse Goodwill and Half Price Books, where everything is cheap and they don't care how valuable it is. When I really want a great shopping experience though, nothing beats a real brick and mortar record store. I've visited at least a dozen (maybe two dozen) wherever I've been, from my home town, to the next biggest city, to my favorite vacation spot, to Rome, to Vicenza, even Dublin!  The beautiful thing is my absolute favorite shop of any I've seen or visited anywhere is right here in my home town.  They're not heavy on prog, no, but they do stock the big hitters and often have some interesting gems hidden in the stacks.  I like how they have the prices broken up into tiers, so I can always find something good no matter how much I have to spend that day. And everything's alphabetical and genres are broadly separated. It just makes it easy and fun to look around for something specific, while also exciting to just start flipping through records, not know what you might find.  Sometimes I go in and spend 5 bucks on 10 records from the 1 dollar bin (a great deal they have), other times I go in and spend 70 dollars on five albums I really want from the upper stacks. They always play great music, usually things I've never even heard of, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the place is just covered in awesome posters and shelves with really valuable items sitting high above everything else. 
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New records: Bandcamp (if possible), but most of the time I turn to the Danish online store Imusic.dk. Sometimes in a shop in Aarhus called Badstue Rock.

Second hand records: Usually in Badstue Rock too, but I sometimes find them at Discogs too.
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Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Originally posted by Easy Money Easy Money wrote:

Goner Records and Shangra Lai Records in Memphis. I usually don't have to pay any money because I have so many records to trade. I spent years stockpiling valuable records I acquired at garage sales and thrift stores and now I have plenty to trade off.
I used to trade records in san Francisco too. The two cities have very different markets.


I'll bet! From Santana and the Dead to...Dave Matthews Band and Garth?
The thrift stores in SF are loaded with Joni Mitchell, CSNY, Elton John, Sergio Mendes and Herb Alpert.
In Memphis you stand a better chance of finding rare RnB and funk albums, in amongst the usual Eagles, generic flotsam etc.

As far as the record stores go. I can get a lot better jazz albums in Memphis. In SF, jazz albums are grabbed up immediately. Avant-garde composers and early electronic albums by those composers are worth a gold mine in SF, not so much in Memphis.
I did go to one garage sale in Memphis where someone was selling off classic early RnR 45s (Chuck Berry, Elvis, Fats Domino, etc) at very low garage sale prices. That would never happen in SF, although garage sales loaded with early psychedelic records and punk rock are more common in SF.
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I often buy albums at concerts. Occasionally I order from the artist's website. Other than that, bandcamp if possible. If not I look at Apple Music and amazon (can't seem to access 7digital anymore from Italy, they had flac files which I liked). Oh, and I occasionally find stuff that nobody else has on mp3million (they have a somewhat dodgy legal status and chances are the musicians see zilch of the little money, it's about 1$ per album, but if I can't pay the musicians even if I want... also they have survived for long and do their job well, although the sound quality can be hit and miss).


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Amazon, Discogs, Doug Larson Imports, etc for cd's or new issue vinyl......used vinyl from the shops near me in several cities. I live near  to Chicago and Indianapolis so there are plenty of cool shops.
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Brick & Mortar stores (Caroline Music for ex), Bandcamp, Syn-Phonic, some major cultural stores (FNAC or Espace Cultura). more or less in that order.

Tried Wayside and Larson with limited success. rocky road, but ended up fine.


Amazon and other vendors, I tend to avoid - the former for GAFA reasons, of course.
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All physical musical purchases I make are through:

1. Amazon
2. Ebay
3. Local Record Shop (Pitchfork Records!)

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My go-to store for CD's used to be FOPP in Nottingham, but since they've now closed down, I've just started ordering CD's from Amazon again, beginning with Nektar's 5-CD box set of Essential Albums for just £13. Thumbs Up
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Amazon 95% of the time (cheaper delivery as I'm an Amazon Prime member and also for Auto-rip)
Others:
CD Services (Dundee based online ordering place that specialises in prog and electronic stuff)
Burning Shed
Progrock.co.uk
Prog rock Wales (affiliated to Magenta I think)
From the artist website direct (that's very rare nowadays)
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eBay has been surprisingly good for 90's pressings of albums on CD as of late.

Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers 1994 CD (not he remaster from 2009, no thank you) for $7 including shipping!

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Originally posted by TCat TCat wrote:

New stuff from Cheeky Monkey in Sarnia usually, imports from a store in London, Ontario, used stuff comes from local shops, yard sales, pop-ups, etc.  I also buy from Amazon, Discogs, Burning Shed, from artists web sites, etc.
Which store in London?
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Lasers Edge, Wayside, Radiant, Burning Shed.
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