How to Make the Most of Record Store Day 2022 Online

Record Store Day is a celebration of the independent record store and its cultural impact, from hardcore collectors digging for rarities to vinyl newbies just starting their journey.

When is Record Store Day 2022?

Record Store Day is scheduled for April 23. In 2022, RSD is celebrating an impressive 15-year run.

Historically, the main Record Store Day event falls in April and for the first time in two years, RSD is back in the spring! In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, RSD organizers planned separate, socially distanced events throughout 2020 and 2021 to accommodate smaller crowds (and keep you coming back for more).

How does Record Store Day work?

Artists and labels will schedule the release of 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 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.

Where can I buy RSD 2022 releases online?

Finding Record Store Day releases online will be easier than in previous years. Starting in 2020, record stores were allowed to list their RSD inventory online on the afternoon of the physical drop.

The following suggestions will help you navigate RSD virtually:

  • Check your favorite record store’s website for an online shop and reach out to confirm when they will be listing RSD titles online.
  • If you are searching for a specific RSD release, the easiest way to find it online the day of the drop will be to search for it by name.
    • The perk of searching for your desired title is that you can discover a new record store selling online and still support the RSD mission even if you’re not physically in-store.
    • Marketplaces like Discogs support independent sellers around the world, including record stores. As the information on RSD 2022 titles is submitted to the Database by the Discogs Community, the items will appear on the list of RSD releases. Details on the releases will become available on Discogs on the day of the drop. Independent sellers are also active on eBay.

How much are RSD releases?

Great question. The short answer? It depends. The long answer? 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 release, the value will appreciate over time. However, the initial drop price is typically standard for what you would pay for a special format (like a picture disc), a box set (especially those collector’s versions), colored vinyl, or a beloved reissue. The cost tends to be more expensive for titles that have fewer copies or more goodies.

Where can I find record stores near me?

Discogs runs VinylHub, an online database of record stores around the world. Use VinylHub to find record stores near you and take a look at the list of record stores selling on Discogs. The interactive VinylHub map on Discogs makes it easy to locate nearby stores, see their Discogs inventory, and follow them on social media for updates.

Check out Record Store Day for more information about the drop on April 23. Discogs is not affiliated with the RSD organization, but we agree with their mission of bringing more people into record stores.


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