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Learn More about Record Collecting Online
The Internet has opened up a whole new world for record collectors. Not only can people search for rare and vintage recordings, they can contact other collectors from all over the world to find online auctions, estate and private sales. Websites like MusicStack and Gemm make searching for available records very easy - search by artist, album title, or genre. Additionally, the site www.vinylstall.com actually makes a comparison of these marketplaces, so that you don’t have to go to each one individually.
Online Tips and Resources
Websites like the Record Collectors Guild, provide tips, advice and search capabilities for those searching for album. An international record collecting community, members can join online forums to ask questions, post records for sale, or provide tips about buying, selling, and appraising records. Other online resources include:
Use these resources to meet fellow collectors, search for available titles, or just learn more about vinyl. Even if you're new to record collecting, you'll have fun meeting new people from different countries that have a passion for records. The advice and tips you'll learn will help you become a savvy collector.
Popular topics on record collecting forums include
· ways to buy/sell vintage and rare recordings
· book and magazine recommendations
· ways to maintain/repair records
· where to purchase turntables
· upcoming collector events
· places to find rare recordings
· music reviews
· music store reviews
· vinyl record news
By talking with other people, you can learn much about record collecting and places to go to find the best or rare recordings.
Reasons to Search Online
If you have a local music store or book shop that carries vinyl records, visit to see how much inventory they have and when they restock. By seeing records up close and personal, you will soon be able to recognize records of quality and those that have defects (even small defects such as hairline cracks in the vinyl or small tears on the cover art or liner notes).
In addition to visiting local stores, use online resources to build your collection or to find special recordings. Over the years, the Internet has exploded thanks to advances in technology. With higher quality images, the ability to instantly contact people and conduct searches on large databases, you can easily find what you're looking for.
Searching for records online also allows you to take your time instead of making a snap decision when visiting a store. You can also research the value of specific albums to determine a fair price. You may find several online outlets offering the same album. And with increased competition come competitive prices. Using a site such as www.vinylstall.com you will be able to see which one of the competition has your vinyl record at the lowest price.
Online Record Collecting: The Future
With increased popularity of social media, particularly websites like Facebook and Twitter, you can join contact lists to learn when records go on sale via email or by text message. This will reduce the time spent searching for titles. The future of online record collecting looks very bright. As most people now have smartphones and other portable devices, you can post a question on a forum or make a purchase when on the go. This makes record collecting even easier.