Seattle's Best Record Shop for Collectors?

Discussion in 'Music, Movie and Hardware Store Guide' started by StevenC, May 21, 2019.

  1. Raunchnroll

    Raunchnroll Senior Member

    Location:
    Seattle
    If you're a collector most stores have something in them - buried somewhere. Its called crate digging! I went to Bop Street regularly and usually found some oddity or goodie priced fairly sometimes at a steal. Sometmes you paid a premium but thw record was premium quality at that. Yes the owner overpriced a lot of meat and potatoes common stuff, but casual buyers still bought them.
     
  2. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Usually hip hop samples or they never checked for autographs on the back. Seattle probably doesn't have much choice on price. Good record show. Music city like Austin.
     
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  3. I was in my favorite local shop here browsing through the crate of new arrivals by the cash register and a guy was paying for a BIG stack of records. I overheard him say that he owned a record shop in the Seattle area (Bainbridge Island I believe) and that he couldn't believe the prices of the records he was buying. He was so excited to see more than fair prices. It made me feel good knowing a shop owner from Seattle knew the prices here were more than reasonable.
     
  4. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    When another store owner buys a big stack of records from another store, they never did a eBay completed or Discogs look up.
     
  5. Or the store doesn't have Seattle prices on their records. If they can buy for $10-$15 each and sell for $25, sometimes its about having nice records and new store stock.
     
  6. dreamingtree1855

    dreamingtree1855 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    Nah Seattle prices are just dumb, I could easily see this making sense financially.
     
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  7. Kevin j

    Kevin j The 5th 99

    Location:
    Seattle Area
    huh. I just don't see this in seattle. I think the prices for used vinyl are pretty fair. i'm talking about stores like jive time, sonic boom, silver platters, everyday music, spin cycle, wall of sound, and even easy street.
     
  8. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Go outside Seattle. I ran Seattle's stores and was amazed how high compared to other cities. PDQ in Tucson was okay if you did the entire store.
     
  9. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Location:
    Aloha, OR
    i stopped by jive time earlier this year and was amazed at the high prices of used vinyl. hardly any of what i looked at was any better than VG+. in fairness, most of the shops in portland are the same way now. it's just that the word on vinyl's reborn popularity has reached just about everyone.
     
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  10. Its a big city thing. The shops think people make more $ so the shops jack the prices up knowing that their customers are unlikely to travel 2 or 3 hours and buy records much cheaper. The prices here are half that of Seattle or Portland.
     
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  11. GentleSenator

    GentleSenator what if

    Location:
    Aloha, OR
    yeah, i'm sure that's a big part of it. but shops in olympia & salem have become the same way. perhaps that's just due to more of a monopoly they have on the small market.

    anyway, i guess i need to visit eastern WA soon!
     
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  12. Some of the shops in Spokane have decent prices still and in the Tri Cities, Hunt & Gather has good prices too. That's the shop I was in when the shop owner from Bainbridge Island came in bought a big stack wince he couldn't believe the prices. Its my favorite place and owner is very knowledgeable.
     
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  13. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Go into Wax Trax or Twist And Shout Denver after a Seattle look. You'll bring back tons. Portland was a bit lower than Seattle but high. I think Moerer's employees run whatever is cheaper daily out the door from most stores.
     
  14. This wouldn't surprise me. I see the employee ads on CL all the time. Top dollar paid and they'll drive anywhere for 1 record or an entire collection blah blah blah.
     
  15. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Craig's List is the number one spot where eBay/Discogs/Amazon dealers of records get their stock. They find the people who have no idea what records are worth. Gold buyers are worse. If a garage sale on CL says records count on the usual suspects lined up fighting over the 2 boxes of records. Most stores are hit hourly by dealers hitting the new arrivals. It never ends.
     
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  16. dreamingtree1855

    dreamingtree1855 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle
    Idk I frequent the same stores you mentioned and any anytime I travel on business I find the same stock in Dallas, Chicago, Jersey, wherever at 1/2-2/3rds the price
     
  17. Old Engineer

    Old Engineer New Member

    Location:
    San Diego, CA
    We visited Seattle two years ago. While my wife was at a wedding I walked down to Spin Cycle from our B&B on Capitol Hill. I browsed for about an hour and found nice clean copies of a couple '70s albums and their prices seemed in line with prices here in San Diego.
     
  18. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    I agree. 2/3 cheaper in Denver.
     
  19. ROFLnaked

    ROFLnaked Forum Resident

    Location:
    California
    Speaking about ridiculously overpriced records...
     
  20. bug2362

    bug2362 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Seattle, WA
    This is kind of off topic- but anyone remember that Record Store in Lake City by Dick’s Drive in? The owner was Leone I think. He was also at a lot of the Seattle Center Record shows....
     
  21. Kevin j

    Kevin j The 5th 99

    Location:
    Seattle Area
    went to both last time I was in Denver. prices were the same as seattle as far as I could tell, and I didn't find anything that great SAVE for Cargoe S/T sans cover and a Lee Hazlewood album from the 70s (cut out).
     
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  22. Chee

    Chee Forum Resident

    Location:
    Denver
    Denver, same as Seattle prices. Please. Moerer's 80's print catalogs had Trini Lopez albums at $12. He was ridiculous. His eBay and Discogs are book prices. Record Surplus L.A. has ridiculous prices cept the Johnny Rivers and real common stuff.
     
  23. Spitfire

    Spitfire Senior Member

    Location:
    Pacific Northwest
    I live in Seattle and I've shopped for records in Denver, San Francisco and Detroit among other places and I've not found Seattle to be any more expensive than those places. It's much more store dependent than anything.
     
  24. Kevin j

    Kevin j The 5th 99

    Location:
    Seattle Area
    I have no idea who you are talking about. I’ve been around and I’m just giving my personal observations.
     
  25. His (Moerer) listings with no pictures and the most abbreviations I've ever seen for a record.

    Artist: X
    Title: XX
    Condition: WOL, CO, BSP, WOC, SM, PH, IDK
     
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