While I do sell records, I am not a dealer and I don't make any money! Most
of the records are sold at my purchase price. This is a hobby with me and
mostly I am interested in record labels/numbering series and am a regular
My records are filed on shelves by label by number not by type of music, The computerized inventory can be searched by artist, label, title or record number but not by type of music (but I’m working on that). I can not produce printed lists. I use Microsoft Access for my database and would be happy to provide the database structure for anyone interested in setting up their own.
I believe that if the record was worth making then it is worth cataloging, so all records I get are cataloged regardless of condition, genre or vintage.
Records sold in lots are visually graded. Records sold individually are play graded. When I grade a record, I play the first five grooves or so (these are usually the worst grooves on the record). I decide on the grade and then look at the record. If it looks like it plays, the grade is OK, if it looks worse than I usually downgrade the record. I grade only the vinyl, not the labels or sleeves. Most dealers grade everything visually and this does not work! I have purchased many records that look mint but play vg or worse! It also the works the other way around, sometimes a record that looks like it came through a war plays surprisingly well.
If you have records you think are valuable, tell me about them and I can probably give you an idea of the value. I have many catalogs and books on records at my disposal. Please e-mail me for free appraisal.
My listings include both sides of the record (many dealers list only one side). When purchasing a large lot of records, I first sort them by label, apply the correct sleeve to match the label (if I have them), the record number is written on the sleeve for identification and at the same time put into correct numerical order for filing. The record is then added to my database and finally filed on shelves in correct label/number order so I can find them again. I retain two copies, extras are sold in lots (usually at a loss).
The “scarcer” section of my listings does not include everything “scarce”, there will be scarcer material in my other listings as well that just hasn’t been graded and priced yet.
I price my records in two ways. For the “scarce” section of my listings, prices are based on what I had to pay to get the record and there is no room for discounts. More common items are priced at 50% of the going retail rate. I use several large record dealer listings in the U.S and the UK to determine the going rate. When you purchase multiple items I list the retail price and take up to 50% off the total (the amount depending on the mix).
How does one collect records? Many people have asked me this. The obvious answer is to collect those records by artists you enjoy. However there are other ways. Collectors also collect in the following ways:
Collect by record number series and sequences regardless of who the artist is. When I look at a record number I always wonder who recorded the next one in the series, the same artist or a different one?
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