Derek See has spent a lifetime surrounded by music. He grew up in a musical household, with both his mother and stepfather being musicians. As a kid, his mother gave him a bunch of 45’s and his uncle gave him some psychedelic records when he was barely in kindergarten.
During his formative years, he spent most of the time scouring flea markets, garage sales, and used record stores to buy whatever he could find within the budget of his allowance. By the age of 16, he got a job at a local record store. This was back in 1991 when a lot of people were dumping their vinyl for CDs. That helped him to grow his collection massively at the time.
By the beginning of this century, thanks to the new Internet marketplaces, Derek realized that he could use the Internet to expand his Collection while selling records as well. He did that for years until, in 2015, he quitted his previous job to turn selling records into his full-time job.
For Derek, being able to sell on Discogs has given him the flexibility he needs as a musician to keep touring and getting out of town. He counts himself lucky to have the opportunity to play with some of his musical heroes: The Chocolate Watchband, Country Joe McDonald, Rain Parade… He never envisioned he would be able to play with them after obsessing for so many years with these bands’ records!
What’s the name of your shop?
Derek See Music
How long have you been selling on Discogs?
I’ve been a member for 7 years now, I signed up back in 2010.
How did you get into selling records?
I began digging records when I was very young. This was in the 80s, when lots of folks began dumping their collections. I happened upon a great jazz collection in 1994, and that was the first time I ever began selling records for profit. This eventually led to eBay sales and then, I transitioned to Discogs.
What is your favorite record store right now? Why?
There’s two I really love: People’s Records in Detroit and Logan Hardware in Chicago. I always find 45s for my own collection in these places that I was not previously aware of.
Do you have a story that you’d like to share about record selling? Please tell us!
Selling records allows me the flexibility to tour as a musician. When I need to go out of town, I simply close the store for that time period.
What is your favorite record of all-time?
That answer can change by the minute and depends on the genre.
What is the most valuable item you’ve ever sold?
An Ernie Johnson 45 rpm for over $2000.
What does your own record collection look like?
Approximately 10,000 LPs and 45’s. The areas I love to collect are 60s soul and rock, 60s jazz, funk, psych but are not limited to those genres.
What has been your best record find?
An ‘ad back’ copy of ‘Introducing The Beatles‘ at a very famous store in the $1 bin. Truly surprised that they didn’t know better.
What is your number one tip for buyers and/or sellers on Discogs?
Always undergrade, and don’t send out records that haven’t been cleaned properly.