Do you have a record you want to appraise? Perhaps you’re curious about how much your vinyl collection is worth. Maybe you unearthed a gem at a local record shop (or in your storage). No matter your reasons, we’ll teach you how to price a vinyl record. Discogs is an online marketplace and crowdsourced database committed to being an open-source site and a resource for collectors, which includes making our data public. Follow this guide to determine the current value of vinyl records based on recent sales in the largest vinyl marketplace in the world.
Step 1: Identify the Vinyl Release
Most albums have been issued more than once, resulting in different release versions. For example, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been pressed over 400 times on vinyl. To determine the value of your record, you must first identify it.
First, search for a barcode on the album sleeve. If there is no barcode, look for a Catalog Number on your record, which is often found on the album sleeve or pressed on the inner ring of the vinyl itself. Lacking either of these options, make note of other details: label, track titles, etc. For a more comprehensive guide, here’s where to find identifying information on vinyl records.
Step 2: Navigate to the Release Page
Once you have your identifying info about the release version, you will need to find it on Discogs. If the record has a barcode, you can scan it with the Discogs app. Tap on the search icon in your app, and then tap on the barcode icon at the very top. Use this tool to take a picture of the barcode and navigate directly to the release page. If the barcode surfaces multiple releases, choose the one that matches the other details on your record.
You can also type in the Catalog Number, barcode number, or other details into the search bar. Use the search results in the app to narrow down on your specific release. Once you do, double-check your info to make sure it’s a match.
Step 3: Find the Sales History
Look for the Sales History heading under the release details. Immediately available will be the lowest, median, and highest prices that the release has been sold for on Discogs, as well as the lowest price currently listed in the Marketplace. By clicking on the Sales History heading, you can view the full sales data, including a chart to track trends over time.
Determine the Condition of Your Record
Condition is a major factor in the true value of your record. Discogs uses the Goldmine Standard, a universally-accepted guideline for representing the condition of physical music. The levels range from Mint (perfect) down to Poor/Fair (badly damaged). Here’s a complete guide to determining the condition of your vinyl record and grading it accurately.
Use a Shortcut for Valuating Multiple Record
If you have more than one record to evaluate, use the Collection tool, which is available with a (free!) Discogs account. Once you navigate to the release page, click the Add to Collection button and your record will be dropped into your virtual Collection on Discogs. From your Collection, you can:
- Get an estimated value of your whole collection
- Track the condition of individual records.
- Mark items for sale.
- Export a CSV for insurance purposes.
- And more!
Feature image by Ron Lach.