I’ve been buying, selling, and mostly collecting vinyl records for the past fifteen years or so.
I started trading and selling records to people I met through Goldmine magazine. Once I started dealing with these like-minded individuals, I found out quickly it was mostly a word-of-mouth community. If you asked someone for a record they didn’t have, they could often refer you to someone who did. Selling records was a way for me to offset the cost of my collecting. I would buy in bulk, keep the ones I wanted, sell the ones I didn’t, and try to break even… which effectively made the records I kept “free.”
Sadly, this community died out (as did many of the members) and like the rest of the world, I eventually progressed to the online marketplaces. Now I buy and sell used records primarily through Ebay. It’s far from perfect, but I get a sense of what I’m actually buying more than when I buy on Discogs, Amazon, or any of the other sites.
I purchase way more records than I sell, so I feel I’ve got good and fair insight from both the buyer’s and seller’s perspective. Check out my Ebay store to see what I’m currently selling.
I listen to every used record I list.
Aside from providing personal enjoyment and the chance to discover new music, this allows me the provide an accurate condition. I don’t list anything that skips or is unlistenable. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to send me an email.