where do you buy your records?

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where do you buy your records?

Post by cupcake_love » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:20

subtitle basically says it all - where do you buy your records, ebay, mailorder (names, please!) or in physical stores? (which i imagine wouldnt be too hard, living in a place like london).

i found a bunch of stuff i want on insound.com, but shipping is a killer ($69 for 10 records!!!). i was going to order from captured tracks too, but shipping is kind of the issue here as well, boo. im an old school ebayer and i like fraction as well, even though i find theyre a tad expensive at times + i like shopping at places that have 2nd have sections too.

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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by timahall » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:27

I have to buy almost all my music online because Belfast is a bit rubbish for record shops. I like http://www.pebblerecords.co.uk. They have a great selection. I usually buy straight from the labels unless it's a vinyl record from outside the UK, as the postage is mental. I like buying from Teenbeat the best because Mark Robinson sends you a hand-written note with your order. I love Mark Robinson.
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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by Colin » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:31

There's a depressing article on the BBC News site today asking this question. One teenager says he's never bought a record and another says "I only listen to music on Youtube".

Anyway! I buy a lot of stuff direct from labels like WeePOP! and Fortuna POP! (and other labels without a POP! suffix, even). In terms of mailorder I tend to go for Norman Records, although I get things from Rough Trade if I can't find them elsewhere (I find RT expensive).

Apart from that, I either get records from the merch table at gigs or a few local record shops in Glasgow - Monorail, Lovemusic and Fopp mainly.

Edit - as Tim says, Pebble is pretty great too.

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Post by andyroo » Thu Jan 13, 2011 11:50

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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by richpassivity » Thu Jan 13, 2011 12:05

Pebble & Norman mostly for me.
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Post by graysonscolumn » Thu Jan 13, 2011 14:07

Physical stuff:
Still tends to be raids on Piccadilly Records and The Vinyl Exchange, both in Manchester, despite not having lived within 15 miles of the city since 1998. I like them. Stuff mail-order from certain labels' websites helps plug the gaps if needed.

MP3s:
Mostly MP3skyline.com, particularly for acts I'd like the odd track of for 11 cents a pop rather than fork out for an entire album's worth. I'm assured MP3skyline is completely and utterly and entirely legal, and it's just mega cheap owing to it being a Russian site and existing outside of EU taxation edicts. Happy to be put right on that, though.

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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by Trev » Thu Jan 13, 2011 14:15

Shops online - Norman Records, Rough Trade occassionally.

Real stores - Rough Trade East and West, Sister Ray. Have to say this is rare these days.

Individual label mailorder is also key - probably order 10-20 things a month direct from small labels.

Also Merch tables at gigs are often the cheapest way of getting a new release.

MP3s - Emusic and occassionally iTunes and Amazon.

Don't use illegal sites at all. As I know what it costs to put records out, so if people make stuff I like, I buy it. <<< I fear this view is very old fashioned. A shame, that.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Jan 13, 2011 15:02

Trev wrote:Don't use illegal sites at all. As I know what it costs to put records out, so if people make stuff I like, I buy it. <<< I fear this view is very old fashioned. A shame, that.
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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by carney » Thu Jan 13, 2011 15:32

Fopp is the closest thing to a proper record shop in Cambridge, and I mostly buy cheapo back-catalogue CDs from there. Most stuff I buy from Norman Records or Boomkat, get occasional things from labels (Fortuna Pop, Blackest Rainbow, etc.) and from ebay and Discogs. I find it difficult to go to a gig and not at least buy a 7".
Trev wrote:Don't use illegal sites at all. As I know what it costs to put records out, so if people make stuff I like, I buy it. <<< I fear this view is very old fashioned. A shame, that.
How about for OOP stuff? I use them for that.

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Post by Trev » Thu Jan 13, 2011 15:34

carney wrote:
Trev wrote:Don't use illegal sites at all. As I know what it costs to put records out, so if people make stuff I like, I buy it. <<< I fear this view is very old fashioned. A shame, that.
How about for OOP stuff? I use them for that.
I have, in the distance past, used them for OOP stuff - but I've got most that I want and I try and track down 2nd hand copies if I can these days.
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Post by philjunebride » Thu Jan 13, 2011 15:50

graysonscolumn wrote:Mostly MP3skyline.com, particularly for acts I'd like the odd track of for 11 cents a pop rather than fork out for an entire album's worth. I'm assured MP3skyline is completely and utterly and entirely legal, and it's just mega cheap owing to it being a Russian site and existing outside of EU taxation edicts. Happy to be put right on that, though.

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It's cheap because it doesn't pay record companies or artists! Probably be closed down if it wasn't in Russia.

I prefer to buy direct from labels/bands or from the local independent record shop (Drift, Totnes) wherever possible. Norman and TheeSPC shop are also good.

Seeing how many sites are giving away the album I spent a year making and hundreds and hundreds of pounds recording breaks my heart a bit

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Post by tonieee » Thu Jan 13, 2011 20:59

philjunebride wrote:It's cheap because it doesn't pay record companies or artists! Probably be closed down if it wasn't in Russia
I'd read somewhere about Russian download sites that they were operating within Russian copyright law but that the big record labels didn't like that as it placed the distribution of music out of their control and so they refused to accept royalties off of them and accused them of being criminals and that there was a big pile of cash in a bank account somewhere waiting to be claimed. I don't know how true that is though.

I don't usually like downloads (even for free) as I prefer physical objects. I don't even like buying stuff online as I like to pick up what I'm buying, pay money to a real person and then take it home straightaway. I really hate having to wait for something to arrive and it never comes when I'm in and then I have to wait another two days before I can pick it up from the depot which is only open at inconvenient times and at the bottom of a massive hill which I have to walk back up. Of course there being no good record shops in Sheffield anymore means I don't often buy records these days except at gigs.

Though I have recently been enjoying the Eardrum Pop stuff and I've even bought some downloads.

I agree about not downloading illegal stuff. It just doesn't seem right. But I have always swapped tapes and cdrs with people so is that much different?

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Post by philjunebride » Thu Jan 13, 2011 21:25

tonieee wrote: I agree about not downloading illegal stuff. It just doesn't seem right. But I have always swapped tapes and cdrs with people so is that much different?
I think it almost certainly is! Swapping tapes and CDs with friends generally has the point of sharing great music, which you're encouraging others to investigate, and then possibly buy!, themselves. Most free download sites are simply about giving away other people's music.

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Post by graysonscolumn » Thu Jan 13, 2011 21:36

philjunebride wrote:
It's cheap because it doesn't pay record companies or artists! Probably be closed down if it wasn't in Russia.
A quick check through my records suggests I downloaded Neon Lights from Napster rather than MP3Skyline. Phew.

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Post by philjunebride » Thu Jan 13, 2011 22:26

graysonscolumn wrote: A quick check through my records suggests I downloaded Neon Lights from Napster rather than MP3Skyline. Phew.

gc

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Post by alongwaltz » Thu Jan 13, 2011 22:46

If it's a new release I usually buy it directly from the label. If it's older, Amazon as I can usually find used copies for cheaper.

I also download like crazy via SoulSeek and other blogs. If I didn't download illegally I probably wouldn't buy anything at all. I'm dirt poor and there's too much music out there; I can't afford to risk buying an album on the hopes that it might be good. I'll download for free and listen and, if I really like it, then I'll add it to my shopping list.

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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by Uncle Ants » Fri Jan 14, 2011 00:45

Oxfam and the PDSA mostly, other than that at gigs or on ebay
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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by boney » Fri Jan 14, 2011 01:35

IRL: Edgeworld, Resident, Rounder, Monkey Music Emporium, Borderline (all Brighton)
Online: Discogs (increasingly), Norman, Boomkat, eBay, Amazon, Volcanic Tongue

Direct from label or band when that's an option. Not bought at a gig for a while, I tend to buy my records on payday.

I do download illegally a fair amount, this informs what I buy. Although most of what I download is short run sold out stuff (Boomkat type stock, limited releases on Olde English Spelling Bee, Not Not Fun, Editions Mego). I refuse to buy downloads unless that's absolutely the only way to hear something. There's enough kosher free stuff that's given out so you can hear things a lot of the time..and Spotify's handy as a research tool.

Probably spend £50 a month on records on average. Another £30 on average paying into gigs.

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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by Concrete » Sun Jan 16, 2011 17:38

I haven't bought much the past few years, but I'm hoping to find some good record shops in Bristol - when I first lived in Swindon that's why I used to come to Bristol, to go to the record shops on Park Street, but Imperial and Replay both shut down within a pretty short time of each other. There's a big new shop up by the Triangle which is part of a small chain but looks like a proper record shop to me. If anyone else here knows of good record shops in Bristol that are still open, let me know...

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Re: where do you buy your records?

Post by cupcake_love » Thu Jan 20, 2011 16:28

will i find the same selection in rough trade stores as on the web? i found a 7" i need and its the only place ive seen it for sale!

i just placed a huge order at http://heavenrecords.co.uk/, in case it should inspire someone.

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