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. For still others, it’s an opportunity to connect.
It would be an understatement to say that 2020 has been an interesting year. 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.
The first RSD drop was huge for shops across the United States, proving that this community can come together safely, virtually, and enthusiastically. Orders and vinyl purchases on Discogs over the August RSD weekend were up compared to past years: Discogs saw 60,571 orders (41.1% increase over 2019) and 78,680 records (up 47.12%).
And the best part? RSD isn’t over! We’re breaking down on how to make the most of the two remaining drops in September and October by staying safe in-person and shopping online.
When is Record Store Day?
Typically, Record Store Day falls in April. However, this year we’re looking at three special, socially distanced Saturdays. Right now, we have two days of exclusive releases left: September 26 and October 24.
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. 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 August RSD at your favorite shop, do not assume that the procedures will be the same in September; we encourage you to double-check everything before you show up on Saturday.
As always, wear a mask, keep your distance, and be considerate to your local store clerks and fellow RSD hunters.
Where can I buy Record Store Day 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.
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 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 Record Store Day, 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 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
- How the First Weekend of Record Store Day 2020 Was Massive for Shops
Editor’s note: Article originally published August 21. Last updated to include updated information for the September and October drops.