Originally Posted by johnman1116
I have a question,
How do you guys or rather where do you guys buy records from? Buying them new online (amazon) or at a store are usually a bit expensive but getting them used from online (ebay) or record store seems sketchy or proclaimed vs actual quality of record/cover or just overall wear vs price.
Seems like alot of you guys buy them new or in excellent condition at some price $20-infinity. I can deal with $20 but anymore and im kinda ehh. I know records and playing records isnt a cheap hobby but I like to get deals when I can. Basically im asking do you guys care more about the having the record and playing it with some wear or is it condition above all else.
I guess ill also have to actually try trail and error to see where I am but id like to know how you guys feel.
(trying to get records and record playing equipment before the kickstarter shows up around may)
Amoeba is a great option and you can get almost anything there-- but I actually only go there once in a while-- and only when I have a specific agenda. I actually consider Amoeba to be TOO big, if that makes sense. I prefer the smaller shops-- and there are some great one's around L.A.
Just a few blocks from Amoeba is an awesome small shop off Hollywood Blvd. called "As the Record Turns".
I live in Studio City-- so I have a bunch of options in my backyard-- Freakbeat Records on Ventura is a terrific shop and my main source in local retail. They have both new and used, and you get the personal touch of-- you know-- real record enthusiasts.
Atomic Records is another good source on Magnolia-- I go there to browse crates for used finds.
Silver Lake/Echo Park is a great area for used records. I haven't been there, but there are about 5 or 6 good record stores I'd love to check out sometime. Origami gets good write-ups, so does Rockaway. Vacation Vinyl is another I'd like to check out sometime.
Better Records in Thousand Oaks pushes Hot Stamper recordings-- but bring a credit card. A Hot Stamper will run over $200 most of the time. So I've avoided it.
Online I shop at elusivedisc.com and soundstagedirect.com for new releases.
eBay is hit or miss-- but I've filled out my MFSL library with good (NM) used records.
I have yet to buy anything-- but discogs.com is another used source online.