Vinyl Record Stores

Written by Charles Peacock
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There used to be only one way to buy music: going down to the local record shop. These days, most record shops don't even carry any records--despite the fact that we still use the name. In fact, traditional music stores in general are a bit of a dying breed, since they're being supplanted by file sharing software and legal music downloads.

Finding Vinyl Record Stores

If you're a vinyl enthusiast, don't despair. The good news is that there are plenty of people out there like you, and their enthusiasm and love for the quality of vinyl records will not let this facet of the music industry die out any time soon. The only bad thing is that record stores are harder and harder to find--particularly if you don't live in a major city. Luckily, the Internet has come to the rescue.

Buying records online has its ups and downs, but for the most part, it's a great supplement in the vinyl retail field. If you're looking for advice and suggestions, nothing beats a knowledgeable guy at the local record shop. In addition, it's always nice to look at (and listen to) a record in person before you actually buy it. If there's some obscure album that you simply have to have and can't find in the shops, however, the Internet is the only place to go.

Online auctions are a great resource for buying records, mostly because they have started to pull record collections out of people basements that might otherwise be lost to the trash (or garage sales that you would never be able to find). It's amazingly easy to find records online, although there is so much out there it often takes awhile to sort through everything and find what you want.

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