Groups for Commerce rec.music.marketplace.vinyl rec.music.marketplace.cd alt.collecting.records
Please respect the charters of these groups, which specify that they
for the buying and selling of Vinyl and Music CDs only.
You can post wanted, For sale and For Trade Notices in these groups, You can also ask for valuations.
When Posting, please be as specific as possible about the records you are seeking, Details such as Country of Origin and catalogue number will help.
In your header the standard abbreviations are:
Wanted / Want to Buy - WTB or Wanted
For Sale - F/S
For Trade - F/T or F/Trade"
For Auction - F/A or Auction
When buying from dealers who use these groups, don't be afraid to post a message asking if anyone has bought from them before and can reccomend them.
Newsgroups are the least safe place to buy...for more help, read our Safe trading Page.
Non Commercial Groups rec.music.collecting.vinyl rec.music.collecting.cd
These newsgroups are discussion forums only. DO NOT Post wanted and for sale notices here.
You can ask questions about pressings, overseas releases etc. Asking for valuations here is also acceptable.
Finally regarding Newsgroups, http://www.dejanews.com (Now Called Google Groups)
Holds all messages posted to the usenet for the last 20 years in a searchable database,
You can search for artists here and see if anyone has offered their records for sale recently.
This is a huge and under used resource which it takes sometime to get to grips with.
Record Shop Directories Here are listed record shop directories we have found in our travels.
They are split into 2 sections, UK, and worldwide
If you know of more, please let us know!
U.K. Directories More Music's Directory
If you missed the link at the top of the page, here's your second chance, over 300 UK shops linked to. The Knowlidge.com, shops
A directory of all the UK's indie shops, no online links, but these are the shops you need if you are looking or new release indie records! London record Finder
Rave Shops in the London Area. Useful info + Links to those that have websites. Bird Pages
Large UK Music site, includes a good list of record shops staxotrax.com
Directory of uk dealers - Also track down specific items and list fairs.
Auction Houses. Auction Houses have been one of the early successes of the Internet. Although they do not deal exclusively in Music, their sheer size ensures that You can find lots of unusual stuff.
It is also possible to get bargains!
Could this be the future of internet Auctions? BidXS searches all the major Auction houses for you.
On the downside it is a little slow and has advertising banners that float over the results.. They are more likely to make you punch the screen than click the banner! AudioSold
Auction House specifically for recorded Music and Audio Equipment
The Worlds Biggest Auction house, has tens of thousands of music related items at any one time. Prices tend to be a little high.
Search Ebay for CDs | Vinyl
Search Ebay UK for CDs | Vinyl Yahoo
The Biggest Search Engine also runs Auctions, Less to buy, but selling here is free. Recently closed the UK auctions site. Amazon
The Bookseller turned auctioneer, Smaller than Yahoo and Ebay but still worth a look. Digibid
Online music auction featuring professional broadcast/video/audio equipment and much much more
European Auction house, Mediunm size. MusicLoversAuction.com
free music auction site - buy and sell all music related items
Databases. These are sites where many dealers upload their lists, some have millions of items on the database and they are easy to search.
If you find an item you want, you usually have to deal with the individual trader, while these sites automatically update if an item is sold, many dealers tend not to keep their entries up to date, so don't jump for joy until that rarety arrives in the post!
For More Info, Check our Revues
GEMM (Global Electronic Music Marketplace)
The Biggest Database, over 2000 Dealers and 11 Million Items. MusicStack
Shop 120+ CD and vinyl stores at once! Fully searchable Database, It is free to become a seller. Netsounds
The UKs Answer to GEMM soundsearchers.com
searches 1500 pages of uk record shop catalogues. Brings up search engine results as well as items for sale.. Good for research
Amazon UK (zShops) Amazon USA (zShops)
Amazon, the booksellers have moved in on the collectors market,
unfortunately their search is poor, does have sellers not listed elsewhere. vinylsale
Vinyl Only, database, of some 40,000 titles geared towards older music and Dutch titles.
The web may well be the main marketplace now, but you can't beat getting into the small ads of a dedicated collectors Magazine!
Go to these homepages to subscribe..
Record Mart and Buyer UK
Started in 1998, and now well established. Lots of freebies and competitions. Record Collector UK
The UKs oldest collector Mag, The website is still new and small. Goldmime USA
The premier Stateside collectors mag.