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Best Online Record Stores for New Vinyl

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by Vinyljunkie22, Feb 15, 2021.

  1. Vinyljunkie22

    Vinyljunkie22 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    CA
    Couldn't find a previous thread about this. I mainly buy new vinyl and factoring in everything: availability, price, shipping, returns, etc...what are the overall BEST online retailers from which to purchase brand new vinyl? There are a million shops out there but they all seem kind of mediocre; no one really hits it out of park for everything mentioned above.
     
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  2. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Location:
    Levittown. NY
    That's a great question. Add, how the albums are packed to those factors. I used to put all my faith in Sound Stage Direct before they "left". Since then, I rely on Amazon and a local indie record store near me that actually still specializes in new, sealed albums. It would be nice to have more options that are reliable on all fronts.
     
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  3. hitmanhart408

    hitmanhart408 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Miami, FL
    by far my goto now are Music Direct and @The 'In' Groove at theingroove.com. I think in groove's packaging might be better than even MD.
     
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  4. Vinyljunkie22

    Vinyljunkie22 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    CA
    Amazon is fast but their packaging is hit or miss. I've gotten records in plastic bags and then I've gotten them triple boxed. It all depends on which warehouse they ship it from.
     
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  5. hitmanhart408

    hitmanhart408 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Miami, FL
    Amazon is only good because of their return policy but otherwise it's hit or miss on how they will package the record. Now that Amazon charges me taxes there's really not much of a savings so I'd rather spend the $1-2 extra to get it from a solid source like I mentioned above.
     
  6. Vinyljunkie22

    Vinyljunkie22 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    CA
    Amazon also does have a pretty good selection of everything. I heard though if you have too many returns they ban you. That's not good considering how bad the QC of vinyl is now. I would say there is something wrong with 50% of the new records I get.
     
  7. Nephrodoc

    Nephrodoc Forum Resident

    Acoustic Sounds is my all around go to.

    I order AP titles from AS.
    I order Mofi titles directly from Mofi

    No longer support Music Direct, their packaging was weak and they pushed back when I asked to exchange a warped Mofi album.
     
  8. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Location:
    Aloha, OR
  9. Nephrodoc

    Nephrodoc Forum Resident

    Amazon sent me a few albums in padded envelopes! All 4 corners were bent.
     
  10. The 'In' Groove

    The 'In' Groove Forum Resident

    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    Thank you! Wait till you see the new mailer I'm designing. I'll have it in about 3-4 weeks. Twice as heavy as the current mailer.
     
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  11. Vinyljunkie22

    Vinyljunkie22 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    CA
    In my dreams there exists a magical website with every f•cking record ever made, always in stock, at cheap prices, with fast shipping, and no defects. Then I wake up.

    Reality?

    Sold Out. Expensive. Sh*tty pressings. Bad customer service. Slow shipping.
     
  12. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    Your local vinyl store. Support your local business....:whistle:
     
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  13. Vinyljunkie22

    Vinyljunkie22 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    CA
    Sadly all the local stores suck. I actually prefer to buy in person b/c it's much more satisfying than simply clicking Buy Now on a website. The closet "good" one is an hour away from me. The last time I was there I spent $120. It's probably better for my bank account that it is far away though.
     
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  14. Classic Car Guy

    Classic Car Guy "catch me if you can..."

    Location:
    Northwest, USA
    Yeah I know. Sorry I was just messing around...:hide:
     
  15. cdash99

    cdash99 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Mass
    Isn’t there a cross ownership relationship between Mofi and Music Direct? I forget which company owns which, but I’d think that the packaging would be similar, especially if Mofi drop ships items ordered through Music Direct.
     
  16. Nephrodoc

    Nephrodoc Forum Resident

    My last order came double boxed, practically bulletproof! Can’t wait to the new mailers!
     
  17. Ultimate Sinner

    Ultimate Sinner New Member

    Location:
    GA
    Same here. Amazon prices $20 above the store price for certain LPs.

    Any idea where all the new KISS colored vinyl is arriving from directly? I grabbed a few at Walmart but it looks like the whole KISS catalog is out on colored vinyl and EBay & Amazon prices are outrageous
     

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