Record Store Day 2019

Tips For Getting Everything You Want On Record Store Day 2019

Record Store Day 2019 is almost upon us. Every year, there’s chatter that it won’t be as crazy as the last one. And every year, it seems to get worse: more to keep track of, higher demand, longer lines. Whether you’re brand new to record collecting or you finally want to take that next step, any tiny advantage helps.

Since we’ve always got your back, here are a few tips for getting the most out of Record Store Day. If you’re a seasoned pro and know exactly how win big every time, then you can skip ahead to all the RSD releases flooding the Discogs Database. If not, read on intrepid collector.

Plan Meticulously

Step one is the most important. In order to get prepped for the madness, you need as much info as possible. This includes figuring out how many stores in your area participate, making a list of every single release you want, which records might be good to flip (you need to pay for that 13th Floor Elevators picture disc somehow), and the way you’ll get your hands on everything.

This may sound a little self-evident, but many a Record Store Day has been ruined when an unprepared rube rolled up to a shop 10 minutes before the doors open, assuming they’ll be able to find a bunch of good stuff. Do your homework.

Ask Ahead To See What Stores Have

Not all stores spill their guts about what’ll be on the shelves, but your luck increases if you frequent a store regularly. Most RSD stock is in hand a week or two before the event, so shop owners know what they have ahead of time. If you stroll in early this week and nonchalantly ask your bud behind the counter about that Brett Smiley LP, you’ll probably get some answers.

If you’re around often enough, you might even be able to bring a list of your must-haves and get a comprehensive rundown of which titles they’ll have and how many copies are on hand. Hit a couple of shops like that, and you now have a very clear picture of what you can realistically expect to nab on Saturday. But remember, this comes with trust. If you aren’t hanging around on the reg, it won’t work.

Work Together With Friends

Now that you know what you can get and where you can get it, chat with a friend or two and develop a plan of action. Share your lists, prioritize who gets what when there are only one or two copies, set budgets, and establish protocols for communication. This might seem like overkill, but three people standing first in line at three different stores with a clear strategy can make Record Store Day dreams come true.

Use Discogs

This is admittedly a little self-serving, but we can help on a few different fronts every April and November. One way to wring as much value out of Discogs as possible is to keep track of your Record Store needs with Wantlist or Collection functionality. More and more RSD releases are being added to the database every day, so you can simply add them to your Wantlist and mark them off when you purchase. You can also get more sophisticated and categorize stuff you’re digging for in Collection folders, so you can keep track of priorities and the needs of any tag team partners.

Then there’s the incredibly obvious way we can help: buying and selling stuff after the fact. With some regional releases numbering in the low hundreds, you have almost no chance to find them in a store on Saturday. On the flipside, there will be vinyl you can find that almost no one else in the world can. So much is made of the downsides of Record Store Day flipping, but at the end of the day it helps. You get to subsidize your record-buying habits through selling a few hard-to-find regional releases. Then you get to find the one album that makes your RSD haul complete.

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  • Jan 27,2020 at 09:18

    My tip for RSD is just wait a couple of days and buy it on Discogs or eBay or whichever website it’s cheapest on, after all, that’s where most of it seems to end up. I don’t know if it’s the shop owners not putting stuff out for sale in the first place or if it’s ‘collectors’ who buy it in a shop then immediately decide they don’t want it and whack it online at 50% profit – probably a combination of the two, but it totally defeats the object of supposedly having items sold exclusively in independent shops to collectors. It’s a shame the RSD organisers can’t devise a way of banning any RSD releases from being sold at more than face value for 12 months after their initial release. They know where the items have originally gone and if that shop is found to be selling the releases at more than the original price they don’t get anything the next year. Unfortunately it is not possible to do that as there are too many ways round it – get someone else to sell them for you and claim you sold them to that person on RSD at the original price, for example. RSD was a good idea in theory, like communism was a good idea in theory, but neither will work in practise as too many people are out to make money from them!

  • Apr 12,2019 at 01:47

    This article is evidence that Record Store Day has peaked.

    That’s why I like the shops who knowingly don’t take part in it. Come Saturday, they’ll still have a few beers ready for their customers, a DJ playing, sometimes even a live concert. No RSD releases to be found, but in turn I will be among people who share my love for music, instead of flippers and vacuous hipsters.

  • Apr 11,2019 at 20:42

    Feel really great for you @mikkelbreiler that someone will queue for you in the small hours and then sell to you at face value from the bottom of their good heart ;). Oh they’re not….

  • Apr 11,2019 at 18:01

    Completely agree with phewsonsbastard. Am very disappointed in this article. How many of the people who line up early are just there to flip and speculate? And your writer encourages this? Gouging real music lovers? Lame…

  • Apr 11,2019 at 16:56

    Seriously. :(

  • Apr 11,2019 at 10:07

    I’m with you on that one. It really sucks!

  • Apr 11,2019 at 08:32

    How else would you get items from far away than to buy it off people who could be there ? I am going to go one of my local shops on saturday here in Denmark but I don’t have my hopes up too high that I will get there in time to get the Bowie stuff I want. I will be visiting London at the end of th emonth and that is like two weeks too late for Records Store Day, so I will be out of luck by then to get anything that stores in the UK get, unless all of a sudden everyone decided not to collect Bowie anymore in his own country.

  • Apr 11,2019 at 00:07

    Encouraging flipping of RSD items is so not cool.

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