The Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting
This book covers a few topics about record collecting.
It discusses how to grade records and talks about the most
valuable records and it even discusses all types of musical
media, even 8 tracks and mp3s.
Goldmine Record Album Price Guide
This is the definitive pricing guide for records. It's like a
Kelley Blue Book for vinyl. This is the 7th Edition,
released in 2013.
Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again
This book reminisces about the good old days of record
stores. It includes interviews from people in the industry
and record store clerks as well as plenty of interesting
photographs from "way back when."
Vinyl Junkies: Adventures in Record Collecting
An anthropoligical look at the subculture of "vinyl junkies."
The author immerses himself in the vinyl junky world,
travelling all over the US interviewing vinyl collectors and
people in the music industry.
My Colored Vinyl
These are Under the Pink (Tori Amos) on pink vinyl, Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (My Chemical Romance) on red vinyl, I Brought You My Bullets You Brought Me Your Love (My Chemical Romance) on white vinyl, and Danger Days (My Chemical Romance) on multi-colored (red, white, and blue swirled) vinyl.
Welcome the Newest Addition to My Record Collection
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love on clear vinyl. This is a very rare version of My Chemical Romance's first album. It is unknown how many copies exist because it doesn't officially exist. If you would like to see my other rare finds, then visit my rare record collection.
Where to Find Rare Records and CDs
Record collecting is a fun hobby. Records are making a comeback, with many current bands releasing their albums on vinyl as well as CDs, so collecting them is a great way to support some of your favorite bands. Some bands release special issues of their music in a limited capacity for the vinyl collectors out there. They can release their album on colored vinyl or release small 45s or single (2-3 track) CDs. These often sell out quickly and cannot be found at your local record store. However, there are some great places to go online where people sell their rare and hard-to-find music.
eBay is usually the first place people think of when they want to find something rare, and it's the first place people think of when they want to sell hard-to-find items. There are plenty of rare music items to be found on eBay. eBay also has the benefit of offering buyer protection, so you can be secure in the knowledge that you have recourse if you don't receive what you paid for.
Sellers sometimes prefer Amazon Marketplace because they don't have to worry about making a big, detailed listing - Amazon has all the information right there! When you find a record on Amazon you will be able to see if there are people selling new, used, and collectible versions. The Marketplace usually has competitive prices. You can also try Amazon Marketplace from different countries. Sometimes the Marketplace sellers ship all over the world.
MusicStack is how record store owners reach a wider clientele. Independent stores from all over the world list their inventory on MusicStack. This does mean that occasionally an item will be listed that has already been sold in the store, but then the seller will just inform you that the item is no longer available. You also have the option of posting a "want." If there's something that you can't find you can post a want and name the price you are willing to pay if it is found. This is an obligation to buy it for that price if it is found by a seller, but you can delete these if you find the item somewhere else or just decide you no longer desire it.