· By Wyatt Parkins
The cost and value of vinyl records.
It seems like everywhere you look these days, someone is talking about vinyl records. But what are they really worth? In this blog post, we'll look at the value of vinyl records, both in terms of money and sentimental value.
How much is a vinyl record? Why vinyl records are so expensive?
Vinyl records have been around for nearly a century, and their popularity seems to increase. More and more people are interested in buying vinyl, but how much is a vinyl record? Vinyl records can range in price from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars. The cost of vinyl records is determined by various factors, including the artist, the label, the release date (age), the complexity of the packaging, the color and design of the record, and the condition of the record. Vinyl records are typically more expensive than CDs or digital downloads, but many believe they are worth the extra cost. Vinyl records offer a unique listening experience that is impossible with digital formats. If you are interested in buying vinyl records, you should keep a few things in mind. First, you should make sure that you have a good record player. A good record player will be able to play your vinyl without damaging them. Second, you should look for vinyl records that are in good condition. If a vinyl record is in good condition, it will sound better and last longer. Finally, you should be prepared to pay more for vinyl records than for other formats. Vinyl records are a great way to enjoy your favorite music. If you are willing to pay a bit more per album on average.
Are vinyl records of any value?
I can't count the number of times someone has mentioned to me that they or someone they know has "original Beatles records". Believing that means they are valuable. Most popular records were/are made in such high quantity they aren't valuable. There are, of course, expectations to this. The average eBay selling price for vinyl records is around $15, though values can range from 50 cents to $50 or more. Some vinyl records command spectacular fees. An original copy of Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You" can be worth up to $40,000, for example, while Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" can net up to $20,000. If you have an original copy of The Beatle's "Yesterday and Today," also known as The Butcher Cover, it could fetch up to $125,000.
More details on the Butcher Cover here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yesterday_and_Today
The condition is everything, even if you have an original pressing of an old record. If the record was stored poorly or handled roughly over the years, finding the right buyer for your records could be difficult. Records that are not in good shape can be worth next to nothing and are less likely to sell.
Value can mean many things. If a record goes out of print and becomes difficult to find, then it gains value. If you bought a record for $3.99, but when you go to resell it years later, the going rate has become $39.99, you've made an investment (so to speak). The value of these records is in the fact that they are useful. Some of my most prized records are not necessarily my most valuable records. Some records hold sentimental value, or might be your favorite record by your favorite band, your first record or a record a significant other gave you. Value is in the eye of the beholder.
Vinyl record cleaning service
Vinyl records have a tendency to get scratches and dust on them. This is something that happens over time with everyday use. If just dirty, the good news is that you can restore your vinyl record's sound quality by using a professional cleaning service. The bad news is that many companies charge an arm and leg for the service. We wanted to find out how much others were charging for this service, so we researched some vinyl-cleaning services and found the average cost to be $15-$30 per album, depending on how valuable it was. We then determined that as a courtesy to our customers, we would offer this service at $5 a record. This is especially important for old records because they almost always cost more than $5 each! This service can only be purchased in store currently but we are working on an online cleaning service option. Sign up for our email list and/or follow us on one of our social media pages for news on this and other topics.