Vinyl Record Price Guide
Follow these three easy steps to find the value of vinyl records using Discogs, the largest physical music Database on the web. Discogs is a user-generated Database with more than 12 million copies of music listed. It’s also a Marketplace where users can buy and sell records. Discogs is committed to being open source, which includes making sales data public. You can determine the current value of a vinyl record based on recent sales in the largest vinyl record Marketplace in the world.
Step 1: Identify The Record Version
Most albums have been released more than once, resulting in different release versions.For example, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been pressed at least 385 times on vinyl. Some of these releases are worth hundreds of dollars. Some are worth less than $5.
If the record has a barcode, scan it with the Discogs App to find it immediately. If that’s not an option, look for a Catalog Number, often found on the sleeve or pressed on the inner ring of the vinyl itself, or search using the barcode number.
We have a full guide for identifying information on vinyl records if the Catalog Number is not clear.
Step 2: Navigate To The Discogs Release Page
Once you have identified your release version, you will need to search for it on Discogs.
If you have a Catalog Number, type it into the search bar. If not, start with the album title and narrow it down from there.
Use the Explore page to search through the more than 12 million records and other music formats indexed.
Step 3: Find Prices In The Statistics Section
If you’re on a computer, look at the right hand side of the page. On smartphones, you will need to click on the Statistics heading to view sales data.
Provided will be the Lowest, Median and Highest amounts the version has been sold for on Discogs.
By clicking on the Last Sold date you can view the full sales data, along with a chart to track price trends over time.
Shortcut For More Than One Record
If you have more than one record to evaluate, try using the Discogs Collection tool. Instead of having to keep track of your record collection manually, you can simply click the Add to Collection button on the release version, which will drop it into your Collection. You can mark items for sale directly from your Collection.
The Collection tool will also:
– Help you search through and organize your records
– Give you the estimated value of your whole collection
– Provide quick access to detailed information about your records
– Show insight about what your collection says about you
– Allow tracking on the condition* of your individual records
– Use the Collection export feature to download a CSV for insurance purposes.
* Pro-Tip: Condition is a major factor for the valuation of your collection, so grade each record accurately.
Check out our complete guide to how to find the value of a vinyl record collection.
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