Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by editor, Sep 9, 2019 at 4:16 PM.

  1. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Who would have thought it, eh?

    Vinyl Is Poised to Outsell CDs For the First Time Since 1986
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  2. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Interesting to see that while the revenue is more, the number of units is less than half - funny turnaround: when I first started collecting music, vinyl was way cheaper than CD.
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  3. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Compared to old vinyl, the value of second hand CDs has plummeted too. You can pick up fairly recent big name CDs at Poundland for a quid!
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  4. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Most old vinyl is worthless too tbf - only first pressings and rare stuff is actually worth coin.

    I agree it's a golden age for second hand CDs though - I've recently started buying them again after getting a car with a CD player and we're more or less at the point now with CDs that we were in the early 90s with vinyl - everyone is jetisoning their collections to the charity shops as they replace with the latest format (in this case streaming for the most part), so it's really cheap to pick stuff up and there's a really wide range available. Most shops near me have them at 25p or 50p each...
  5. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....

    Wandered into HMV the other day.

    There was more vinyl in there than I've seen since the mid 90s.

    Much of it repressings of pre mid 90s stuff mind and £15-20 a pop.

    Still. Flicking thru records is always nice.
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  6. Idris2002

    Idris2002 The Man From G.R.A.S.S.Y. K.N.O.L.L.

    Hipsters ruin everything.
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  7. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    it's not unusual for new releases to be £30 now. It's aimed firmly at middle aged commodity fetishists (hence the volume of 90s repressings)
  8. chilango

    chilango Neither Westminster nor Brussels....


    As my wife pointed out to me "what do you need a record for when you can stream anything you want anyway?" My reply..."but it's on red vinyl!"
  9. rutabowa

    rutabowa LOSE IT

    this is exactly what this new song is about
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  10. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    most of the underground acts releasing stuff on wax keep the price low - usually 10-15, which is reasonable IMO, and allows me to justify carrying on buying new LPs. :cool:
  11. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    I buy vinyl, new and old, every week. I think it's the expense, bulk and inconvenience that I find so attractive :rolleyes: :facepalm:
  12. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    I've maintained a collection of music on vinyl for a quarter of a century, it doesn't seem possible to stop now (although it makes moving house a massive chore)
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  13. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    on tour next month - will defo be going.
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  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I've pretty much stopped buying new vinyl this year and stuck to downloading things from Bandcamp and playing what I already have... still buy second hand stuff and it is indeed a good time for CDs especially.

    My daughter thinks her friends paying 30 quid for fresh Soundgarden repress LPs is the most hilarious thing ever. She remembers being dragged around record shops as a nipper and me buying stuff for a quid because it looked bonkers...

    I've seen conflicting reports on the environmental impact of downloading vs physical media but the days of me ordering boxes of seven inches from America are long gone (and not just because postage is insane now).
  15. rutabowa

    rutabowa LOSE IT

    yes I haven't seen him for ages and he's always good, going to go... I think it's this month though not next? london he's playing next Monday anyway.
  16. sunnysidedown

    sunnysidedown caput mortuum

    Im keeping an eye out for the ‘pay no more than £30.00’ hipster stickers
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  17. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Oh you're right - next weds. He was off the boil last time I saw him 2 or 3 years ago, but I'm sure that was an aberation.
  18. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    I'm not sure you can call an item they stock in Sainsburys hipster.

    Sainsbury's actually have their own record label - There's an exclusive pressing of Superfly in glorious sainsburys orange vinyl, among other treats.
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  19. 8ball

    8ball Resident Right-Winger

    Those are the ones that people sell to Music Magpie (or whatever they're called), aren't they?
    Ie. when people send their old CD's, that counts as a 'license', so if the old one is a bit knackered they can re-print and sell again so long as they ditch the old one.

    (I may have this substantially wrong)
  20. stavros

    stavros Well-Known Member

    My HMV has just had a redesign, giving a lot more space to vinyl. I haven't even bothered to look at it, because I know it's more expensive than the CD equivalent. Nonetheless, it doesn't seem to have cut into the CD stock, and they still get stuff you wouldn't expect in a small provincial city.
  21. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    not now it's not!

    f-me! you seen the prices for vinyl now?
  22. moody

    moody Being alive increases risk of death.

    have you looked at discogs lately?
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  23. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    Yeah, all the time. That's how I know most records are worthless.
  24. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I guess it depends on your definition of 'worthless' but from my random browse I'll still get a better return on my old vinyl than the CDs that I 'upgraded' to.
  25. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    To be fair, most records are worthless - it's just the ones that you, me and everyone else wants that go for proper money ;)
  26. petee

    petee i'm spartacus

    when I first started collecting music there was only vinyl - and shellac!
  27. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    It's certainly true that every time I go through the stacks removing records I'm not bothered about with a view to selling them, the ones I'm not bothered about tend to only sell for a pound or two at most.

    Funnily enough, finding out a record is worth money often makes me reevaluate it and it goes back in the stacks... :facepalm:
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  28. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I think young people buy vinyl as more of a memento or art piece from a band they like.

    A few years a go I hung out over a summer with a friend's band doing a tour and festival circuit. They had a big and young audience. Like 16 to 21.

    They sold lots of vinyl, but none of the kids had anyway to play it.

    Kind of like having proof you're a hardcore fan, I guess
  29. killer b

    killer b Minimum Waste / Maximum Joy

    How do you know they had no way of playing it?
  30. joustmaster

    joustmaster offcumdun

    I talked to them. Helping selling merch and stuff.
    Also the kids buying the stuff were also the kids hanging around later trying to meet and talk to anyone who knew the band.

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