How To Put Your Discogs Collection To Work For You

Nothing’s quite as satisfying as adding your new music purchase to your Collection on Discogs. Sure, that’s just, like my opinion, man, but considering y’all have done it over 400,000,000 times, I’m pretty confident stating it as a fact.

If you’re stopping after adding releases to your Collection, you’re missing half of all the good things your Collection can do for you. From notes, to custom fields and folders, to shaking your Discogs, here’s how to make the most of having your Collection on Discogs.

No More Duplicates

When you’ve been looking for a certain record for a while, it takes a while for that hungry mentality to shift. And that’s how you end up buying things you’ve already got in your collection. That unparalleled buzz you get when you clap eyes on a record you love overrides the memory that you’ve felt this exact buzz about this exact record and you’ve bought it before.

Having your Collection up-to-date and accessible in the Discogs app won’t mitigate these instances entirely, but for those times that buzz feels suspiciously familiar, you can check if you’ve already got that record in your Collection while you’re on the go.

Keep Track Of Where You’ve Got Records Stashed

Collections are kind of like a living organism. At a certain point it takes on a life of its own and starts spreading over shelves, crates, and eventually rooms (even several floors) of your home. Don’t waste precious listening time searching for your copy of Raw Power, use Notes or Folders to remember where your records are physically located (e.g. Basement, Crate 4).

Use The Random Item Button

One of the best things about music streaming services is also one of the worst. With infinite choice comes infinite indecision (good band name if anyone wants it). A physical collection offers some reprieve from the paralytic burden of choice, but even so, sometimes you just want to skip the mental exertion of picking something out and hear something you enjoy. The Random Item button does this for you. You can find it right next to the search box in your Collection. If you’ve got the Discogs app on your phone, you can simply open your Collection and shake your phone. I, for one, welcome our robot overlords, and invite them to make more decisions for me.

Love Fades. Be Clear On What Belongs To Who

Many will balk at the very idea of merging collections, but look, it happens so let’s talk about how to do it responsibly. I don’t even want to think about how many beloved records have ended up in the wrong hands because the doomed couple couldn’t remember if she bought it at that record fair in San Diego or if he got it as a gift from his sister. There are several ways to do this in the Discogs Collection: Add the owner’s name in Notes. Create a custom field – you can make a dropdown menu with each party’s name or a free text area. Or you can create and name a folder after each person.

See The Value

We’ve shared before how to use your Discogs Collection for insurance purposes. But even aside from that, being able to see how much your music collection is worth on the whole, and piece by piece, is really interesting. When you add a release to your Collection you’ll see the minimum, median, and maximum amount that release has recently sold for on Discogs. You might be surprised to learn how much certain items are worth, or even get the impetus to list under-appreciated releases and give them a second life.

Learn More About Your Collection

Use the search function in your Collection to unearth collaborations you weren’t even aware of between artists you love, discover samples, or highlight covers. Searching for a person or artist will show every release they’ve been involved in. For example, in writing this, I learned that the song, I’m So Proud on Todd Rundgren‘s 1973, A Wizard, A True Star was written by Curtis Mayfield. Try it yourself – type the name of an artist and see if you get any unexpected results.

Try any search term you want. It’s handy for finding things like compilations, or digging out radio edits for PG-13 shindigs. And remember if you’re disappointed that you get no results when you search ‘rodeo’ (me), it’s your collection and you have the power to fix that!

Next Level Nerdery

Speaking of Notes, Custom Fields, Folders, why stop there once you’ve demarcated your territory? Custom Fields and Folders allow you to get as geeky and granular with the details as you want. Keep track of whether you bought it brand new or secondhand, which records are on colored vinyl, and what color it is. I like to make a note of which record store and which city I bought each release in. One of my colleagues who sells on Discogs enters the purchase price of each record he buys in his Collection. The sky’s the limit, get creative with it.

Got a unique way of using your Collection on Discogs that we missed? Please share it with the community in the comments, or find more reasons and ways to celebrate your Collection here.


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