One of the most rewarding things about writing blogs is chatting with people with the same interest as you. You get to learn more about your hobby and acquire information from others. When I started collecting records I had no idea where to find more records, parts for my turntable or even where to find a new stylus. I soon started looking on websites like eBay, and Amazon. Even back when I started collecting, these websites were just starting to showcase small amounts of sellers.
As the years passed more sellers started to emerge and record shows started popping up and now almost every weekend in some place there is a record show. Dealers will travel from far and wide to sell records and the hunt is on for new and old records. I have noticed though that every time I go to a record store it seems like the younger generation is out numbering the old collector.
Facebook has provided a new way to market used and old records. All over the world Facebook groups are being created specifically about records. Some for sale or trade, some will try their hand at bidding on records, and others will just post new findings. I truly believe if used in the right way social media can be instrumental in the new resurgent of vinyl records.
Over the past year I have chatted with fellow collectors that were willing to teach me how to set up my sound system properly, what turntables to buy and ones to stay away from, among lots of other information. Those that like to showcase records that they find give you the opportunity to discover something that you may have never seen before. Over the past two years I have bought from people that just started selling just out of sheer passion for the hobby and this seems to be the case with a lot of sellers. I too tried my hand at selling; I use to look for bulk loads of records for sale and buy them as I would pick out what I wanted and either try to sell or trade the rest to my local record store so I could get more that I wanted.
At one point I was posting ads on kijiji and had people showing up at my house but that just started a different issue since it drove my wife crazy! 😂
Most sellers have the same thing in common and that’s collecting them so that brings me to a fellow collector that I met online when I was looking for a reliable seller that could sell me a new stylus.
Anthony or better known by his Facebook name Disko Stew started selling records about two years ago when he was gifted a few bins full from a family member to try and sell. He wrote “my commission was that I got to keep records and a turntable”.
“From there the addiction took over! I started buying up people's collections in large quantities, keeping a select few, and selling the remainder for more money in order to feed my habit."
This is the case for a lot of collectors I have found over the past two years. Especially with the sudden rise in prices of new vinyl records. More and more collectors are starting to find it hard to justify paying $30-45 for a new record however if they can offset the price some with trading or selling items that they don’t want, this can help with acquiring that higher priced record.
I meet Anthony when I noticed he posted some old stock stylus that he came across and was trying to selling. At the time I had a Shure MKIII that I loved and needed a new stylus. I really didn’t know which one to buy and I tried in the past to look for one on eBay like most people would look to for the first time. My choices were limited to buying something really expensive domestically or waiting for some aftermarket stylus from China that would take well over 45 days for me to get. I messaged Anthony and within four days I had my new stylus in the mailbox at ½ the price that others were asking.
Since that day I have been buying all my stylus needs from Anthony. That’s the great thing about finding a reliable seller in the record business; Buyers will continue to return to buy more when they need something and it’s always smart to keep a good relation with your favorite sellers because it’s so hard to find good deals that you really like.
If I were to give one advice to buyers and sellers alike, it would be to always stay on good terms with each other. In my location of the world, collectors and dealers all know each other for the most part and most communicate through social media regularly.
Anthony now has expanded his selling experience and states; “I stumbled upon a large lot of "New Old Stock" styluses, and after selling those for some time I decided to up my game and also sell brand new styluses and vinyl accessories.
It has now become a hobby-business of mine and I now stock a variety of vintage styluses as well as Tonar and Nagaoka branded styli and accessories.”
This is great news because that tells me that Anthony is going to be around for some time to come and when I need something I know who to contact. There are a lot of great sellers on the market but they can be hard to find. Not everyone advertises or has a storefront so it's great when you find a quality seller.
The best part of collecting is finding what you want and knowing who to get them from. I always share my contacts so others are not left spending hours on eBay.
This is my contacts website for those that maybe interested.