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Since the question of where to buy records surfaces at regular intervals I'll kick start this thread with the hope that MJ might consider making it a sticky.

I hope that lots of forum members will chime in with their favourite places to shop both locally and via the internet. My only criteria would be that any poster must have dealt with the seller in question so any information comes through personal experience rather than speculation, an all too frequent curse on net forums.

Please add a link to any site if possible and any feedback, good or bad,plus specialist areas the seller may deal in.

 

Drag City

http://www.dragcity.com/

big roster of indie artists,lots of experience with vinyl on their own label, monthly newsletter. Never had a bad pressing on Drag City.

 

Secretly Canadian

http://secretlycanadian.com/index.php

reasonable artist roster,good quality vinyl

 

Diverse Records

http://www.diverserecords.co.uk/category/news/

not a huge number of releases but the ones I have are well done. Also sell on Amazon UK.

 

Vinyl 180

http://www.diverserecords.co.uk/category/news/

reissuing some classic UK 80s music, nice box sets, packaging seems to be improving and very responsive to replacing some damaged sleeves I had.

Some debate over the quality of their DCD releases but sound comparable to the originals I have heard.

 

Because Sound Matters

http://www.becausesoundmatters.com/

Home to some nice box sets and very limited release collectors vinyl.

 

Constellation Records

http://cstrecords.com/

Canadian company that turns out some interesting left field releases. Take a pride in the quality of their lp/cd covers

 

Classic.lps.co

http://www.classiclps.co.uk/welcome.php

UK vinyl shop, new and used. Occassionally have weekend sales .

good blog on site from noted UK writer Colin Irwin.

 

Pure Pleasure Records

http://purepleasurerecords.com/

Home to some quality reissues which can be difficult to track down on the more usual sites

 

Pop Market

http://www.popmarket.com/

Daily deals on box sets and vinyl. Worth signing up for

 

Fire Records

http://www.firerecords.com/site/index.php

small UK label, vinyl and cd

 

Norman Records

http://www.normanrecords.com/

UK online shop-non mainstream

 

Aural Exploits

https://www.auralexploits.com/index.php

US based store- mainly new lps but some 2nd hand. Reliable but post can be slow at times.

 

Sunbeam Records

http://www.sunbeamrecords.com/index.html

UK label, home to the recent Human Instinct reissues. Do both cd and lp.

 

Glitterhouse Records

http://label.glitterhouse.com/

German store and label, do alot of Americana, alt country

 

Alternative Tentacles

http://www.alternativetentacles.com/

 

Bloodshot Records

http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/

Chicago based label specialising alt country, cd and vinyl

 

more to come

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what a great idea , and sooo many cool links , thank you , my best source has been Discogs . (never had a bad one yet , even ''vg'' gradingings have been amazing (ymmv) :))

 

and also Sundazed and Groovy of course :)

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I wasn't going to mention some of the big boys but to be fair we should put them in the mix.

 

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/ref=gno_logo

lots of positives dealing with Amazon including fixed price shipping,sometimes substantially cheaper prices and the access to hundreds of 3rd party sellers. It's worth while taking advantage of their pre order system where they'll quite often throw in big discounts for a couple of days.

Recommended 3rd party sellers include Import Cds, Newbury Comics and RareWaves. Check the feedback if you're unsure of the seller though not as important here as EBay as you are covered by Amazons guarantee.

At the time of writing Amazon UK is offering free shipping for orders over 25pounds and they also deduct VAT.

Amazon Germany sometimes has good bargains but generally I've found European sellers to be more expensive than the US.

 

E-Bay

http://www.ebay.com/

World wide potential. Shipping costs can vary widely from seller to seller.

Always check the sellers feedback. I wont deal with anyone below 99% positive but if in doubt read the sellers feedback, some buyers put negative comments for very trivial things. Where something has gone wrong I have found sellers do their best to fix things and protect their good ratings.Just remember to be polite in your dealings.

 

Gemm

http://www.gemm.com/

another site with world wide links . The feedback system here doesn't seem to work particularly well and prices can be high. Having said that it can be a good place to pickup obscure items you cant find on Ebay or Amazon.

 

Netsounds

http://www.netsoundsmusic.com/

european based system similar to Gemm with links to thousands of shops big and small.

 

Soundstage Direct

http://www.soundstagedirect.com/

I generally try to avaoid shopping with the more 'audiophile' aimed shops like Soundstage, Acoustic Sounds etc as their prices are generally higher than Amazon etc plus their shipping costs sometimes reach fantasy levels.

Having said that they are sometimes the only game in town when it comes to certain releases. I have found Soundstage shipping be a little cheaper than similar shops and their packing is first rate.

 

Dust to Digital

http://www.dust-digital.com/

Home to some of the best releases of old time american music with award winning packaging.

 

Runt Distribution

http://www.runtshop.com/

clearing house for labels like 4 Men With Beards and Plain Records.

Not everyone has good things to say about some of the labels represented here but sometimes they're the only option to expensive originals. Worthwhile trying here if you cant find the items on Amazon etc.

 

Sundazed Records

http://www.sundazed.com/

reissue specialists who generally do a good job with their releases. They also sell on Amazon and E Bay.

 

Band sites can offer some exclusive deals and are always worth checking as many run their own online shops. Sign up for newsletters to get advance warning on limited run fan releases.

Here's some I've used with positive results.

 

Grateful Dead

http://www.dead.net/

 

Metallica

http://www.metallica.com/

 

Giant Sand etc

http://howegelb.com/

 

Richard Thompson

http://www.richardthompson-music.com/Merch.asp

the US link is the better with access to official bootlegs

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cant believe I missed these guys

SecondSpin.com

http://www.secondspin.com/

2nd hand CD/DVD only stores with huge inventory. Shipping can be a little slow at times but it always gets here. I've purchased a lot of cds from these guys over the last 10years or more, very reliable. I like the fact that they link the cds to the appropriate review on AMG and they have an very easy to use favourites setup that takes seconds to check once in place. They also have frequent sales on either purchases or shipping. If you're still buying cds well worth joining. Check out their just in bins also.

I wish RG would set up a site like this to better serve out of town NZ customers.

 

Spun.com

http://www.spun.com/

new and 2nd had and like SecondSpin above they also list on Amazon

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A few I have used:

 

Tee Pee Records

http://www.teepeerecords.com/

A record label which covers Heavy Rock, Stoner Rock and Psychedelic music

 

All That Is Heavy

http://www.allthatisheavy.com/index.asp

All That is Heavy is an online record store dedicated to stoner rock, doom, psychedelic, sludge and desert rock. They specialize in hard to find Vinyl, CDs, T-shirts and DVDs!

They ship with the record removed from the sleeve so there is no chance of edge splits.

 

Burning Shed

http://www.burningshed.com/index.asp?clear=1

Specializing in Progressive, Ambient/Electronica and Art Rock

 

Sub Pop

http://www.subpop.com/

Record label, they have lots of indie bands and there shipping rates are reasonable.

 

Southern Lord Records

http://www.southernlord.com/index2.php

Record label specializing in Doom, Stoner Rock, Heavy Rock

Normally give you freebies such stickers and posters with your order!

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CD Baby

http://www.cdbaby.com/

CD Baby retails directly for their artists, the artists provide their own media.

I've been picking up contemporary blues artists who don't have release deals with conventional labels

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I've used quite a few of the sites mentioned above. Mostly I shop from amazon ( I mostly go for .co.uk rather than .com, delivery time seems a bit better ) and cdwow. Of the smaller outfits I also like dragcity a lot.

 

Others not already named

 

bleep.com - good for electronica and more underground stuff in that vein

polyvinylrecords.com - good selection of indie/ alt stuff

archhill.co.nz - kiwiana

bandcamp.com - massive choice of all sorts of music, and money goes directly to the artists. Have to say I've only ever bought digital downloads from here but you can also buy physical media.

dominorecordco.com - this label has some great artists, and also does some excellent reissues. I've bought some vinyl from here and the service was very good.

souljazzrecords.co.uk/ - sort of specialises in old ska and reggae, but puts out all sorts of cool stuff

the Hospice shop- friendly volunteer workers, everything priced at $1-$2, and occasionally some very fine old vinyl to find. Mostly in the classical line.

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I've bought quite a few CDs from Esoteric Records in the UK, they've got a good line-up of material – mostly UK progressive.

 

http://www.cherryred.co.uk

 

Esoteric don't often offer vinyl – but, for Tangerine Dream fans, they're currently listing a special limited edition (only 1000 numbered copies) of the amazing Zeit; 2CD set of the original album plus a bonus CD and a double blue vinyl edition of Zeit, all for £55.

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Zolar Czakl;156330 wrote:
I've bought quite a few CDs from Esoteric Records in the UK, they've got a good line-up of material – mostly UK progressive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Esoteric don't often offer vinyl – but, for Tangerine Dream fans, they're currently listing a special limited edition (only 1000 numbered copies) of the amazing
Zeit
; 2CD set of the original album plus a bonus CD and a double blue vinyl edition of
Zeit
, all for £55.

 

Dam I just ordered Zeit cd from Amazon.uk a few days ago. I guess if I really like it I may also consider getting the limited edition vinyl.

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kiwizig;156351 wrote:
Dam I just ordered Zeit cd from Amazon.uk a few days ago. I guess if I really like it I may also consider getting the limited edition vinyl.

 

Alas, unlike Burning Shed, Esoteric don't remove VAT for non-EU export countries – so the Zeit box-set works out at around £89 with shipping & insurance.

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A quick bit of feedback for a couple of sellers I have listed above.

Pure Pleasure- Very good, asked them to remove the record for shipping which they did and fitted it and the inner sleeve into a nice heavyweight jacket for protection. Fast post to.

Not the cheapest, but excellent service.

 

Now for the bad-Sonys Pop Market which seems to go through as MyPlay Direct.

I ordered an expensive boxset from them which was damaged due to poor packaging . To add insult to injury all the 12 records were warped and some are oval. Despite being in contact with them for a month over this and their repeated promises to supply replacements nothing has happened so I have had to open a Paypal dispute which will become a claim in a day or so if nothing happens. My advice at this stage is to trend cautiously with them. They do list alot of box sets and large items but if my experience is anything to go by their packaging and customer service leaves alot to be desired. I wont be returning.

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Here's some more I have used

 

Thrill Jockey

http://www.thrilljockey.com/index.html

Record label which has very good shipping rates.

 

Rhino Records

http://www.rhino.com/

One the best reissue labels around.

 

Bomp Records

http://www.bomp.com/x/

Bomp! Records is an American indie label, featuring punk, pop, powerpop, garage rock, new wave, old school rock, neo-psychedelia and much more.

 

Rise Above Records

http://www.riseaboverecords.com/home/

Record label that do very limited pressings they are a bit pricey and so are shipping costs.

They specialize in heavy rock, doom, folk and psych

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[quote=kiwizig;157061

Rise Above Records

http://www.riseaboverecords.com/home/

Record label that do very limited pressings they are a bit pricey and so are shipping costs.

They specialize in heavy rock, doom, folk and psych

I've been awaiting their reissue of Mellow Candle's Swadling Songs for several months now.

I was tempted by the limited ed. white vinyl until I saw their shipping costs, 18pounds and they dont remove VAT either so I guess I'll stick with my Amazon pre order.

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Cooksferry;157119 wrote:
I've been awaiting their reissue of Mellow Candle's Swadling Songs for several months now.

 

I was tempted by the limited ed. white vinyl until I saw their shipping costs, 18pounds and they dont remove VAT either so I guess I'll stick with my Amazon pre order.

 

Yes I have been thinking about ordering that one too but like you say their shipping is bloody expensive!

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kiwizig;157154 wrote:
Yes I have been thinking about ordering that one too but like you say their shipping is bloody expensive!

 

The std edition is available at Amazon, has been on pre order for some months .

Thirty two pounds with free shipping and vat deducted on my order. It's been knocked back on release date a couple of times now so I'm not holding my breath for their current esitmate of Oct 30th. If it's done well it could be my buy of the year, certainly alot cheaper than 1000 quid for an original copy.

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Just a quick note.The Local Warehouse has a great markdown sale (Im guessing its nationwide),cds and dvds.i bought Anika Moa love in motion/$8.97John Lennon rockn Roll /$9.97 Julia Deans modern fables$ 8.97/Grinderman 2/$8.97Ryan adams Heart breaker $4.97Rose Tattoo Nice Boys$ 2.97Dimmer Degrees of exsitance$ 2.97etc etc definitly worth a look.

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Brian Ono;157420 wrote:
Just a quick note.The Local Warehouse has a great markdown sale (Im guessing its nationwide),cds and dvds.i bought Anika Moa love in motion/$8.97John Lennon rockn Roll /$9.97 Julia Deans modern fables$ 8.97/Grinderman 2/$8.97Ryan adams Heart breaker $4.97Rose Tattoo Nice Boys$ 2.97Dimmer Degrees of exsitance$ 2.97etc etc definitly worth a look.

 

Thanks for the heads up!

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I picked up a couple last night both for $3 each

The last Soloman Burke release and another by an artist new to me, Charlie Parr, nice if you like acoustic slide guitar and banjo.

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Seems that one of my early recommendations may need to be approached with caution if not avoided .

One members bad experience with Aural Exploits.

I see they have been banned from EBay as well.

 

"A sorry conclusion to trying to trade with Aural Exploits. No delivery, no reply to e-mails, no-one at home when I phoned - totally useless. I googled them to see if there has been anyone else with this experience, it seems I am not alone.

http://www.sadreminders.com/interact...ic.php?id=2685

 

There is even a facebook page in recognition of there disregard for customers:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aural...143917?sk=wall

 

So now to the disputes process..."

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Another to the list

Action Records UK

http://www.action-records.co.uk/

They do remove VAT but do it after the order has finalised.

I've only had one purchase from them so far but post and packaging was fine.

They seem to have some interesting low volume releases but their website is pretty basic.

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A few of my personal favourites, inevitably jazz-biased:

 

Downtown Music Gallery

New York-based, with the most comprehensive catalogue imaginable especially of new/avant/free/uncategorizable - you can sign up to receive a weekly newsletter regarding new releases and regular 2/h CD lists, deals etc.

 

Klompfoot (AKA Cadence Jazz)

Located in upstate NY, almost as comprehensive as DMG

 

Allegro

Distribution house with lots of cool labels on their roster (some tiny, some larger), regular 'on-sale labels' offers etc.

 

Dusty Groove

Jazz, blues, soul, you name it... Characterised by their relentlessly upbeat potted "reviews" full of exclamation marks!!!!

 

Cheap Thrills

Montreal-based, I have ordered from them though not recently

 

Forced Exposure

Good for specific labels (eg Tzadik) - again I've not ordered from them for some time

 

Enough already

Jim

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A thumbs up for Burning Shed.

http://www.burningshed.com/

I've had three bundles of vinyl from them this month and all have been well packed and arrived in perfect condition.

For anyone who hasn't used them they do remove the vat which not all UK sellers do.

On the downside their postage is on the high side and they dont discount the postage on 2nd or 3rd items so you pay around 8pounds per lp. The flip is that the items have all arrived in a week or less and as I said earlier, well packaged.

I'll be back.

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Cooksferry;163508 wrote:
A thumbs up for Burning Shed.

 

I concur, I've been ordering from them for quite some time and I've never had a problem.

 

Find out what happens at Burning Shed –

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I have mentioned these guys in another tread but worth putting here as well.

A recomendation for Dunedin shop Portil . They ordered two lps from Europe for me, both arrived in around 2 weeks and worked out as cheap, if not cheaper than importing direct.

Well worth checking if you're in Dunedin especially if your interests lie outside the mainstream.

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