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I've went shopping for Vinyl with my friend a few times and have almost jumped into the hobby like 50 times but I feel I'm about to.   Problem is, how do you stop from spending too much?   I see like 10 albums I want on Amazon sales just right now lol. 

 

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49 minutes ago, Zaximus said:

I've went shopping for Vinyl with my friend a few times and have almost jumped into the hobby like 50 times but I feel I'm about to.   Problem is, how do you stop from spending too much?   I see like 10 albums I want on Amazon sales just right now lol. 

 

It's just like anything (booze, pot, car parts, clothing, etc.) you love, have to use willpower. There's so much out there, you can drop money FAST.

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I was at Lunchbox Records on Central Ave the other day...  I go one or two times a week...  The guys there were telling me Cam had been in there and spent $1,700 on records....

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11 hours ago, Zaximus said:

I've went shopping for Vinyl with my friend a few times and have almost jumped into the hobby like 50 times but I feel I'm about to.   Problem is, how do you stop from spending too much?   I see like 10 albums I want on Amazon sales just right now lol. 

 

Most record stores have $1 bins which is great if you are just starting out...  Lunchbox Records and Repo Records both have these...  At Repo you really have to dig around in the crates but you can find some good records...  I mainly shop at Lunchbox...  I am old...  I dont really buy the over priced new releases... $30 for a record is ridiculous...  Most used albums they sell are in excellent shape and range from $4 to $10 bucks on average...  Some rare albums will be more...  I do splurge and buy a new release if its something I really want but used records is where I go...

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10 minutes ago, dave-o said:

Most record stores have $1 bins which is great if you are just starting out...  Lunchbox Records and Repo Records both have these...  At Repo you really have to dig around in the crates but you can find some good records...  I mainly shop at Lunchbox...  I am old...  I dont really buy the over priced new releases... $30 for a record is ridiculous...  Most used albums they sell are in excellent shape and range from $4 to $10 bucks on average...  Some rare albums will be more...  I do splurge and buy a new release if its something I really want but used records is where I go...

Yeah been at those places before and dug around.    Seems prices have went down a bit and you can get a lot of stuff on Amazon for instance from 14-20 bucks.    A lot of times they come with audio cd and download code too.

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I'll occasionally hit an estate sale if I'm not busy. Find a box full or albums and if you see a couple albums out of 20-25 in the box, go ahead and buy the box for $20, keep the ones you want and trade the rest for store credit at your neighborhood record shop. 

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On 8/10/2017 at 11:17 PM, Zaximus said:

I've went shopping for Vinyl with my friend a few times and have almost jumped into the hobby like 50 times but I feel I'm about to.   Problem is, how do you stop from spending too much?   I see like 10 albums I want on Amazon sales just right now lol. 

 

When I first started collecting, I definitely had the bug. I would go to the old Lunchbox location after work every payday and spend between $50-$100 on mostly new records for probably a year. Eventually I realized I had to reel it in. Now I go probably once every couple of months, and I try to keep every trip under $50. Slow and steady wins the race with vinyl collecting.

The key to not going nuts in record stores for me is planning out exactly what I want to buy beforehand and not veering from the path. It's so easy to fall victim to the record store sirens that call out as you're heading down the aisle to the release you want. "I mean, what am I doing if I don't own the remastered OK Computer?" You just have to do your best to resist and add it to the list for the next trip.

It also depends on whether you're wanting to collect new releases from current bands or classics. I have a healthy mix of both, but if you're more inclined to collect classic records then you can definitely save money on used ones. I would recommend Repo Records for used and Lunchbox for new. Amazon is another great option, especially price-wise, but the experience of shopping in the record store is a big part of the hobby for me.

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I went Saturday to Lunchbox and Repo.  Found some classics at Repo for cheap and bought around 5 new albums between the two stores.    Most were cheaper than Amazon or at most a buck or two more which I'm fine with for local store.     Now I'm staring at a Amazon cart of like 7 new records lol.    I'm trying to find my favorite stuff first but I listen to a ton of music so it's adding up.

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I've dropped thousands of dollars the past two years on records. Whenever I travel, I hit up the local stores. It's a rush and definitely a drug Especially when you find that rare album that you can't find anywhere. I stay away from online stuff for the most part because it takes away from the excitement of finding something you've wanted in a store. Just picked up King Crimsons' second album on 200 gram at the local store here where I live.

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Yeah I'm probably going to drop a good bit at first to get my personal favorites.   I'm not buying really old stuff with hopes I can find it around town but the newer stuff I don't expect to find or if I do it won't be much cheaper.  

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3 hours ago, TheRumGone said:

I've dropped thousands of dollars the past two years on records. Whenever I travel, I hit up the local stores. It's a rush and definitely a drug Especially when you find that rare album that you can't find anywhere. I stay away from online stuff for the most part because it takes away from the excitement of finding something you've wanted in a store. Just picked up King Crimsons' second album on 200 gram at the local store here where I live.

 

Absolutely. I did this with Pink Floyd's "Animals" before it was officially re-released. I could've snagged one off of eBay, but the wait was worth the feeling I got when I thumbed through the stack at Repo and saw the flying pig album cover that had eluded me for so long.

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1 hour ago, Lomez said:

Absolutely. I did this with Pink Floyd's "Animals" before it was officially re-released. I could've snagged one off of eBay, but the wait was worth the feeling I got when I thumbed through the stack at Repo and saw the flying pig album cover that had eluded me for so long.

Seems like it's getting harder to find stuff in like bargain bins at Repo and places with the increased popularity.    I just started myself but went with a friend for years now and we found better stuff back then.    I think I need to go around and check Goodwills but I've heard mixed stuff.

I kind of want to check out the dude in Monroe again but that store is just tight and it was hot as crap up in there last time I was there.     

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