I've been buying and selling record albums for twenty years.
I started out working at Peanut Records at 1857 Pacific Coast Highway in 1989.
The Peanut was what was known as an Independent record store. There was a Music Plus across the street, but very little of our merchandise crossed over.
We were known for carrying Punk and Metal, while Go-Boy! Records in Redondo Beach featured more "New Wave" and British Pop type stuff.
Besides carrying new product, we also dealt in used vinyl and CDs.
Eventually, I got to where I was going out to the Harbor College Swap Meet in Wilmington on Sundays
before work, looking for records to sell.
Between the used LP's at the store and the records I saw at the swap meet, I started piecing together a history of vinyl
records in America(or at least Los Angeles).
After my tenure at The Peanut was up, I essentially became an itinerant record seller, looking high and low for vinyl albums and 45's to sell at record shows.
By the mid 1990's, I decided to combine my store experience with my developing knowledge of records to open the first RECORD RECYCLER on October 1, 1995 at 4659 Hollywood Blvd,Los Angeles, CA 90027.
My 1300 square foot store had a pretty good run, but I decided I wasn't cut-out to police my little section of Hollywood Blvd and I wanted to get back to the South Bay.
I opened the current RECORD RECYCLER at 17312 Crenshaw Blvd on June 1, 2001.
What kind of records actually sell?
I guess the most important thing I've learned by looking at over a million records in twenty years is that there are numerous records from our parents and grandparents generation that are not of interest to record collectors of today.
There's always going to be an appreciation of Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong or Nat "King" Cole no matter how music is delivered in future. But, contemporary record collectors are generally not too interested in these artists or their contemporaries on vinyl.
The funny thing is I'm still getting lots of calls about Big Band, Easy Listening and late 50's and early 60's Pop records, in contrast to early Rock 'n' Roll, Electric Blues and Modern Jazz records. In fact, I've seen so many of these records over the years that I have to be careful to thoroughly examine such collections instead of flipping through a few records and deciding it's all junk.
Records are paradoxical in that the cardboard covers and vinyl are soft and easily damaged. Yet, under the right storage conditions are pretty stable and hold up well.
Records were considered to be pop culture detritus little more important yesterday's newspapers.
The generally disposable nature of records has contributed to desirability of a small fraction of them.
Billions of albums and 45's were manufactured in this country since the advent of the vinyl record album in the early 1950's. If only a fraction of that number are still above ground in decent shape, and a fraction of that is of interest to record collectors, that leaves lots of viable records. I'm hoping that some of them enter the collector's market by way of my store.
Meet the record collector of the past: you or your family or persons unknown.
Full length albums and 45's(along with radio) were the music delivery formats of the past, just as iPods and downloads are today.
The majority of the records I buy come from people who wouldn't necessarily even consider themselves "record collectors". They just have records because that's one of the ways music was consumed.
Records collectors, on the other hand, were generally more serious about taking care of their records and had an appreciation for the history of music. In fact, I would guess that most of the history of popular music has been compiled by laymen who serve as a living resource of music history.
MEET THE RECORD COLLECTOR OF TODAY
In some sense the collections of the past are fodder for the current record collector. Another interesting thing about younger collectors is that they are interested in things that older collectors consider to be too "new" or outside any category they consider interesting or valid. I try to keep abreast of these trends and stock my store accordingly.
WHY RECORD RECYCLER IS THE BEST PLACE TO SELL YOUR VINYL
Sometimes someone will bring a box or records to the store and I can't use any of them. Not a single one.
If I don't make an offer for a collection of records, there's a good chance that other stores will see them in a similar light.
I'll be able to use a large proportion of a given record collection because it contains items which are in line with the interests of current collectors.
Sometimes when I'm buying records, the seller will tell me they were offered a quarter each for their records in Hollywood, while I'm in the process of offering between $1.00 or $2.00 per LP, or even more, for the records I can use.
These stories make me think of a lyric in You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones that goes, "And I went down to the demonstration to get my fair share of abuse."
Maybe people think because it's the biggest store, they've got the most money and must know what they are doing. After driving a long distance, standing in line at their buying counter, only to have the records rejected or bought for a pittance, must be somewhat bewildering.
The ability to pay is different than the willingness to pay. That
big store in Hollywood has a lot of employees and overhead. The person
at their buy counter is getting paid by the hour. It's no skin off his
nose if you sell to them or not, and, he's under instructions to
pay as little as possible.
At Record Recycler any profit falls to the bottom line-namely me. And, I'm grateful when someone brings viable records into my store because new stock is what keeps my store going while other stores are closing across the country.
I try to place myself halfway between the sellers and the customers. I don't try to squeeze the sellers. And, in my experience it's not possible to gouge the customers. They generally know the market pretty well.
I look at a record, try to figure out how much I can sell it for, and offer 1/3rd. The least I pay for an LP that I'm interested in is $1.00. You can look at the records in my bins and see if what I'm offering is consistent with my selling prices.
Call me at 310-767-7900 between 11:00am & 5:30pm Tuesday - Saturday to talk about your records.
I'll try to gauge whether it will be worth your time and effort to bring your records to my store.
We pay 1/3rd our selling price for your vinyl records in cash!
Offers start at $1.00 per LP!
More for Rare LPs!
WHAT KIND OF RECORDS DO COLLECTORS WANT?
Record Collectors are mainly interested in ORIGINAL PRESSINGS of Records from three Categories of Music:
(1.) JAZZ(Be-Bop/Bop, Modern Jazz, Experimental & Funky Jazz).
(2.) "BLACK" MUSIC(Doo-Wop, R&B, Soul, Funk, Disco & Rap).
(3) Rock/Rock 'n' Roll(50's Rock 'n' Roll, British Invasion, Psychedelic, Hard Rock, Alternative & Punk).
Sometimes I'll pay Hundreds, or even Thousands of Dollars for a Record
Collection. It doesn't happen too often, but, it happens.
If you have Records to Sell, please call 310-767-7900.
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