A large number of people have taken up old, rare record collecting as their primary hobby. Some want them for their personal pleasure and use because they enjoy listening to old classics on their vintage record players. Others see them as an investment which can provide significant returns in the foreseeable future.
Nowadays, there are thousands of shops, both online and offline, where you can acquire your favorite records. Buying online is very convenient since these old, rare records are not always so easy to find while browsing through local stores. Some of them are rarer than the others and the only way for you to locate them is by knowing where to look for online.
So, if you have recently invested in the best record player your money can buy, and want to add to the collection of records which you will play on that record player, here is what you need to pay special attention to when buying old records.
Online shopping may have its undeniable conveniences but there are also some disadvantages to it as well. Especially when buying old records, you would ideally want to inspect their condition first hand and make sure that they are worth the investment. This is not possible when shopping online, so you have to rely on the information provided by the seller.
The information you will have to base your decision upon is almost always provided by pictures and a short descriptions. It is very easy to get the wrong idea when looking at pictures. When you are not completely certain about the condition of the records you should contact the seller yourself and ask him some additional questions.
Ask the Seller for More Detailed Photos
If you feel there are is not enough information provided from the existing photos, you should ask the seller for more close up photos. Also ask for some photos of the sleeve. The condition of the sleeve can also say a lot about the quality of the record and how it has been kept over the years.
Generally, most sellers claim the products they sell are either of highest quality or acceptable at the very least. You will not see a seller describing the record as poor. This is why you need all the extra information on the condition of the record itself, but also on the sleeve. If the sleeve is in a very bad condition it would suggest that the record has been stored in a bad environment, and that could also mean that the record will not be worth the investment.
A “very good” description can mean different things from different sellers. Some will use that term to describe a record that has some insignificant scratches, while others will use the term to describe a record in pristine condition. This is why photos are essential, so you can make the judgment yourself.
Ask For the Sellers Return and Refund Policy
It is very common for people to make an error of judgment when deciding to make a purchase of an old record by looking at some photos. When the record actually gets to your hands, you may realize that you have made a terrible mistake. In this case it is important to know the refund and return policy of the seller before making the purchase. Even if you end up with something you don’t want you should be able to return it and get your money back.
Ask the Seller for the Origin of the Record
Obviously, when you are buying an old record, you will hardly ever be the first or even second user to listen to it. It is important to know the history of the product. The longer and more often a record has been used the more value it has already lost.
Gathering the necessary information is imperative when buying any product, whether new or used. Knowing its condition, current value and potential future value will lead to you making a better, well-informed decision for a potential investment. There are many record shops online, offering thousands of records in different conditions and prices. It is extremely likely that you will find what you are looking for, you just need to take it seriously and do not rush.