How much are my records worth? How much can I sell them for? Where can I sell them?

Of course, some of your collection might be priceless to you. But if you’ve got a stack of LPs that are just collecting dust, you might have found yourself wondering if you could make a few quid for them.

And with the demand for vinyl increasing, alongside a global vinyl shortage, you’ll probably be able to find buyers for even the most esoteric albums you own. But where do you start?

We’d suggest there are three main ways to sell. You can sell them yourself, sell to a record shop, or take our mystery third option (which, we think, is the best).

 

Sell them individually on Discogs or eBay

This is, undoubtedly, the hardest work, but also the one that will provide the best return. However, it means you will have to grade your record, identify the variant, manage the shipping and, perhaps worst, carry the risk when things go wrong.

 

Grading records

Grading is, perhaps, going to be the trickiest part of the process. It’s easy enough to identify something in mint condition — unopened and undamaged — but after that, it becomes a matter of subjective judgment, and more of an art than a science.

And problems can arise if your buyer disagrees with your assessment, and record collectors can be incredibly picky. Is your ‘very good plus’ only their ‘very good’? Of course, you can err on the side of caution, but that means you get less money too.

 

Identifying variants

Although less subjective than grading, identifying variants can be a lengthy process as you research exactly what LP you are selling. Returning to our picky collector again, things like pressing, cover, and vinyl colour will be important to them. Getting it wrong at this stage will only cause hassle later.

 

Shipping hassle

Once you’ve done all the work of listing your records, you have to get them to your buyer. You might think technology has transformed the world. But then you visit the Post Office.

Unfortunately it’s unavoidable, the size and shape of LPs means that you’ll have to take the time to securely package the albums, then schlep to the local Post Office for the inevitable wait in line clutching your vinyl mailers.

 

The upsides

Although you shouldn’t forget to factor in the cost of your time in preparing for the sale and shipping, selling directly is likely to be the most lucrative option. With no middleman taking a cut, and the ability to set your price, you will get every penny those records are worth.

 

Sell them to your local record store

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: this will probably have the lowest return. But while the amount you make may be lower than other options, it’s worth considering the many benefits that selling to your local record store will have.

One of the first is convenience. They are local, for a start, and they are not only paying you for your records, but they are also taking a lot of work off your hands. They will be grading, cleaning, listing, and selling your records, saving you all that time and effort.

And let’s not forget the wider benefits. You aren’t just selling your records; you’re helping a small business that contributes to the vinyl community. Who knows, next time you are in there you might be browsing next to someone who found their new favourite by buying one of your records.

 

The mystery third super-option

You’d probably guessed already. It’s selling to us.

And yes, we are biased, but we think there are some very good reasons it’s the best way for you to make some money from your records.

Because we don’t have the same overheads as record stores, we can typically pay more for your collections. We will save you a lot of the hassle that comes with selling directly, and while we can’t do anything about the need for shipping, we will cover the costs whether you are in the UK or beyond.

We pay by bank transfer, so the cash gets straight into your bank account, and, to top it all, we’re an incredibly friendly bunch to deal with.

And, like the record store, you can be confident that your vinyl will find a loving home, and maybe even find new life as someone’s favourite listen.

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