For some, Record Store Day is a chance to get your hands on a special gem that could appreciate in value due to the limited nature of the releases. For others, it can be your introduction to collecting or even your local record shop.
It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been an interesting year, but like everyone else, the record-collecting community has pivoted. The organizers behind Record Store scheduled three special RSD drops on August 29, September 26, and October 24. And all three were huge for both shops and collectors.
Orders and vinyl purchases on Discogs throughout Record Store Day were up in 2020 over the past year. In total, there were 177,794 orders (a 314% increase from 2019) and 227,473 vinyl purchase (a 325% increase) during RSD 2020.
And the best part? RSD technically isn’t over! A fourth and final Record Store Day event is scheduled for Black Friday in the United States. We’re breaking down how to make the most of it by staying safe in-person and shopping online.
When is Record Store Day Black Friday?
Typically, Record Store Day falls in April. A secondary, follow-up affair is usually scheduled for Black Friday, which is the Friday following Thanksgiving in the U.S. Organizers have confirmed RSD Black Friday 2020 on November 27.
The Black Friday list is shorter than a typical RSD list but comparable to the other three 2020 drops (and with some more big-name artists).
How does Record Store Day work?
The first Record Store Day in 2008 was organized as a celebration of the record community, from store owners to collectors to casual customers. Artists and labels will schedule exclusive new content or coveted reissues, which is organized by the Record Store Day crew.
Since 2010, the team has also arranged a Black Friday drop. “Independently owned stores, especially record stores, are fantastic places to shop for gifts, and we see our RSD Black Friday efforts to promote these places in the face of a shopping frenzy as part of our overall mission to bring record stores to the spotlight,” reads the RSD site.
Inventory will vary greatly depending on where you live or where you shop. Your favorite record store — whether it’s the local brick-and-mortar or your go-to shop on Discogs — will request items from RSD, but that doesn’t guarantee that the store will get enough for everyone who wants one.
For the past 12 years, the limited nature of the event often created crowds and lines outside of local stores. In the midst of a global pandemic, however, RSD organizers and shop owners are going to great lengths to ensure social distancing and safe shopping. If you plan on visiting a store in-person, check-in with their website and social media channels to make sure you’re prepared for new rules related to COVID-19 (and, most likely, longer wait times). This could range from limited store capacity to scheduled crate-digging slots to online-only transactions.
If you attended the previous RSD events at your favorite shop, do not assume that the procedures will be the same for Black Friday. As the United States faces an increase in COVID-19 cases, many states and counties are enforcing stricter measures this season. We encourage you to double-check everything before you show up on Friday.
As always, wear a mask, keep your distance, and be considerate to your local store clerks and fellow RSD hunters.
Where can I buy RSD Black Friday releases online?
Right here on Discogs, of course! If you can’t get out to your favorite record store or you don’t feel comfortable visiting in person, shopping RSD items online will be easier than before. Shops are now able to list their RSD Black Friday inventory online on the afternoon of Record Store Day.
Here’s how it works: As the information on RSD 2020 releases is submitted by the Discogs community to our Database, the item will show up on our Record Store Day Black Friday page. This list is comprehensive and easy to peruse. However, if you want to keep track of specific releases, you’ll want to add them to your Discogs Wantlist, that way you’ll get a notification when it’s added to the Marketplace.
We encourage you to shop from your local spots or your favorite stores, many of which are already selling inventory through Discogs. On Black Friday, search for their name in the Marketplace and check out their Seller account to score their RSD albums directly.
If you’re a regular Discogs user, this process will be second nature at this point. However, if you’re new to Discogs or you’re a little confused, here’s a breakdown of the process:
- Record Store Day organizers share a complete list of Black Friday 2020 releases.
- Discogs Community members add the release information to the Database.
- As record shops (or individual sellers who ready to part with their recent scores) add the items to the Marketplace, you’ll either:
- watch your favorite Seller pages to shop directly from your preferred record store or
- add your top picks to your Wantlist so you’ll receive a notification as soon as it’s available for purchase.
Once you find the album you’re looking for, simply add it to your cart, purchase, wait for delivery, then enjoy!
How much are RSD releases?
Great question. The short answer? It depends. The long answer: RSD release prices vary greatly because there is a limited supply from a wide variety of artists and formats. The very nature of Record Store Day creates exclusivity. Since every item is limited-edition, naturally, the demand is going to be a lot higher than the supply. Depending on the album, the value will appreciate over time. However, the initial drop price is pretty on par for what you would pay for a special format (like a picture disk), a box set (especially those collector’s versions), colored vinyl, or coveted reissue. If you are interested in how your scores might appreciate in value, take a look at some of the most expensive Record Store Day releases from past years.
Where do I start if I’m new to Discogs?
Here’s a handy list of resources for new users:
- All of the RSD 2020 releases added to Discogs.
- How to get started on Discogs.
- An introduction to the Wantlist feature.
- Add your favorite shops to your Friends list to find them easily.
Where can I find more RSD fun?
Here’s what we’re talking about:
- The Most Expensive Record Store Day Releases of All Time
- The Highest-Rated Record Store Day Releases of All Time
- Tips For Opening Your Record Store During COVID-19 From a Shop Owner
- We Need Your Help Growing a List of Black-Owned Record Stores
- All 3 Weekends of Record Store Day 2020 Were Huge for Shops
Editor’s note: Article originally published August 21. Last updated to include updated information for the September and October drops.