With a Discogs inventory far over 70,000 records and a selection that crosses over all genres, the name of Rotterdam based Demonfuzz Records rings a bell for music lovers all around the world.
From their shop at the Nieuwe Binnenweg, Mike and Erwin have been shipping out thousands of orders in the last few years. Their focus has been on quality over quantity though: their reputation at Discogs is Mint, with 100% of positive feedback after more than 12,000 reviews. Here’s their story, and if you’re just starting to sell or buy records, don’t miss out on some words of advice from Demonfuzz Records at the bottom of this interview!
How long have you been selling on Discogs?
It’s been almost 8 years now!
How did you get into selling records?
I started selling double copies out of my private collection, and it took off from there.
What is your favorite record store right now? Why?
This might sound a bit cocky but… Demonfuzz Records, I’ve been around the world and… I love our store!
Do you have a story that you’d like to share about record selling? Please tell us!
We have tons of stories! But here’s just one: Once we went into this house that needed to be cleared out, everywhere was junk. Before we entered, three guys had been working for a week to even get “into” the house… The guy died in the garden, under his car (while he was working on the car). He collected everything around him, from newspapers to towels, toilet-paper, you name it. But he also bought “sale” records in the ’70s. So we went through the whole house searching for those records that were everywhere, I mean everywhere, from the toilet to the bathroom, in hidden closets, all STILL in the plastic bags he bought them in, unplayed. There was a lot of junk in there, but also some treasures…
What is your favorite record of all-time?
Lyman Woodard’s “Saturday Night Special” (but there’s so much more…)
What is the most valuable item you’ve ever sold?
We had a brand new copy of the Brief Encounter LP, complete with a handwritten letter by their manager. Also, a few jazz records that went through the ceiling.
What is your number one tip for buyers and/or sellers on Discogs?
To Sellers: Be honest, don’t fool around with your customers.
And for Buyers: Sellers are just human beings.