How to Have the Best Record Store Day

Vinyl information are all over the place now. What was as soon as thought of a distinct segment passion only a few years in the past, when information began to make a comeback, are actually broadly accessible once more, even at main retail shops like Target and Walmart. Record gross sales are up thanks partially to artists like Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift introducing information to a brand new technology by way of limited-edition pressings. With file accumulating hitting the mainstream, occasions like Record Store Day remind us of the significance unbiased file shops have within the vinyl accumulating world.

As a collector of 13 years, I’ve been to many RSD occasions, and yearly, it’s gotten larger and larger. If you’re moving into accumulating, or if this upcoming RSD shall be your first occasion, listed below are issues I want I had identified earlier than my first Record Store Day.

What Is Record Store Day?

Record Store Day is an occasion that occurs twice a 12 months, with the primary occasion taking place each April. The first RSD was on April 19, 2008, and began as a technique to promote indie file shops at a time when vinyl was regarded as a dying format. Brick and motor file shops get entry to a whole bunch of limited-edition releases which might be accessible at solely these areas and nowhere else. Record Store Day Black Friday takes place, as you might have guessed, each Black Friday, and is in the identical spirit because the April RSD. It’s meant to advertise small companies on a day when main retailers need you to go to their shops. The RSD Black Friday checklist is smaller, however these releases are nonetheless unique to that day and simply as restricted.

How to Find Your Local Record Store

The Record Store Day web site has a catalog of outlets that take part within the occasion. If your native file retailer is on that checklist, likelihood is they are going to have the RSD-exclusive albums on that day. While not each file retailer participates, they often have their very own gross sales or particular occasions to attract enterprise to their shops, so simply since you don’t see yours on the checklist doesn’t imply nothing’s taking place. Check your native retailer’s web site or social media to make sure.

How to Get What You Want

The RSD checklist (like this one, for RSD Black Friday 2023) often comes out a month or two upfront of the day itself. However, it’s necessary to maintain observe of the titles on the checklist. Records might be added or faraway from this checklist as a result of provide chain points with getting releases pressed on time.

“When you get the Record Store Day list, write down the top albums you want and let your local record store know,” says Jessica Campa, gross sales affiliate and social media coordinator of Del Bravo Record Shop in San Antonio, Texas. “For us, when we do our inventory, we rely on what the customers say.” Some of the preferred gadgets in latest RSDs have been Tyler, the Creator’s Cherry Bomb, a pink vinyl restricted to 7,250 copies, and this previous RSD’s launch of Taylor Swift’s dwell album Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, which was restricted to 115,000 copies worldwide however offered out instantly on that day. The bodily launch noticed the album debut at quantity three on the Billboard 200 charts based mostly on vinyl gross sales.

Wait in Line, Bring Your Phone

Most file shops will help you camp out in a single day, although at your personal threat. Like something with restricted availability, exhibiting up earlier is healthier in case you’re searching for a high-demand launch.

Record shops typically solely get a number of copies of sure albums. “You could’ve been here since midnight, but if there’s 10 people in front of you, there’s a chance you might not get it,” Campa says. “Have a list of who is participating in your area and have their numbers ready so you can call and see if they still have an album in stock.” Record shops often have a strict one-copy-per-customer rule particularly to forestall folks from shopping for up all of the copies of a launch.

What if I Don’t Have a Record Store Near Me?

According to the RSD web site, there are 1,400 unbiased file shops within the United States. This means there’s an opportunity a retailer won’t be accessible to everybody. Sites like Rough Trade and Newbury Comics are inclined to put their RSD leftover inventory on-line a number of days after the occasion, and indie shops on Discogs and eBay additionally publish their leftovers. Keep an eye fixed on these locations as a result of costs are inclined to go up as quickly because the gadgets grow to be even rarer on-line. The RSD’s file retailer locator additionally has hyperlinks to taking part indie retailer web sites, if they’ve a web site accessible. These are additionally good sources to test in case your native retailer additionally posts leftover inventory on-line after the occasion.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

One of the very best issues about Record Store Day is that you simply’re with a gaggle of people that have the identical curiosity in vinyl that you simply do. If you will have pleasant folks round you and searching for totally different albums, staff up in your hunt in case you’re capable of get your arms on a launch they’re searching for and vice versa. If you will have associates in different places who’re additionally taking part in RSD, share what you’re searching for in case their retailer or your retailer has totally different releases that you simply each need. This kind of teamwork helps you get these releases at retail costs so you’ll be able to keep away from doubtlessly paying excessive reseller costs.

Finally, whereas these limited-edition pressings are the primary draw yearly, Record Store Day remains to be meant to convey you into the shop. So when you’ve discovered what you’re searching for, take a breather and go searching to see what different albums you’ll find. “This is a really big day for record stores,” Campa says. “I wish everybody good luck. Keep calm and shop around and just have fun and make sure you have your list.”