Every vinyl collector has a favorite place to buy vinyl records. Some enjoy the physical experience of rummaging through the crates for hours in a store with other music lovers in the hopes of finding a rare LP. Some others prefer to forego purchasing their own vinyl and instead let a vinyl subscription box do the process of selecting and sending them records each month. Many also enjoy the streamlined simplicity of shopping online because it's quick and simple to find the exact records we're looking for. In this article, we'll go through things to look out for when buying records online.
There are a number of great online vinyl storefronts, from vinyl-specific websites to the behemoths like Amazon and Walmart. From any good e-retailer, you’ll get to read customer reviews that encompass the records themselves (sound, appearance, etc), but also the retailer as well and the experience of buying there. Reviews can be a very telling and useful piece of the online shopping experience.
Freestyle Vinyl has been in the business since 2017, and we’ve crafted over 30,000 custom-made records to our customers, and our great reviews speak for themselves. Our transparent rating system on all our products enables you to purchase with a piece of mind as well!
Before deciding on an online store to browse through, you have to ask yourself if there’s a specific album you’re looking for, and how long ago it was produced.
For vintage gems, eBay and Amazon are likely your best bet. Otherwise, modern albums can be found on pretty much any vinyl record website! And as a bonus, online stores are often slightly cheaper than physical locations.
If you’re looking for a place to put some of your favorite songs into one unique record, consider going with a custom record vendor! You can handpick about 10 songs to include onto a 12” custom vinyl record, all from the comforts of your own home.
Our 10” picture discs are another great option if you want to take that personalized gift a step further and include your very own image or artwork on the vinyl record.
You may search for records at various vinyl record stores online using a variety of useful filters, including format, genre, style, artist, media condition, currency, year, and many more.
If you are a bargain hunter, you can also check out the sale tab to view the albums that the store is currently offering for sale. Many sites also allow you to save music you want to purchase on your wish list. This is great if you want to sit on the purchase decision, and come back to it at a later date.While browsing a store's collection on your own is always entertaining, buying vinyl online gives you access to a huge selection all at once rather than requiring you to visit three or four different stores in search of a specific record. We hope you found these tips helpful, and happy shopping!