Favorite Record Shops In Philly!

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  1. jefemarron

    jefemarron Well-Known Member

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    Yeah they are definitely on the higher side, but I've found some good deals there. For the rarer stuff, they do tend to price high (or at least at discogs average prices). They will haggle though.

    With discogs and ebay, and the wealth of information that records shops have at their finger tips for pricing, I feel like the places with consistent deals are fewer and farther between by the day.

    I will for sure check out Sit and Spin.
     
  2. wgb113

    wgb113 Well-Known Member

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    I'm partial to my "local" - Electric Avenue in West Chester and PREX is awesome as well.
     
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    I work around West Chester a decent amount and try to get to Electric Ave about once a month. Ive never been to PREX.
     
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    Electric Avenue is a good one. I like Jupiter Records, just across the border in Arden, DE too.
     
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    Jupiter's a fun place.
    Mr. Lucky out in Lancaster's decent.
    The Record Connection out in Ephrata is good.
    Shady Dog in Wayne is cool.

    I want to try to get up to Double Decker in Allentown sometime.

    Anyone go to the monthly record fairs out in Lancaster? I want to check one of those out as well.
     
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    I've only been to Record Connection once but remember it being pretty great. I do enjoy stopping by Shady Dog from time to time also.
     
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    +1 for Jupiter. I've only been to the Arden location, but I try to go whenever I'm visiting my parents who live right across the border in PA.
     
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    I used to go to DD a lot to buy, but their prices for used LP's have risen exponentially in the past 2 years. I'd say it's worth it to check out once if you've never been. Even better if you have things to sell, as they pay out well.
     
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    DD is still great on pricing.

    Almost always under Discogs/ePay.

    Got a Japanese die cut OMD.
    Look it up and guess what it was priced at. No obi strip. IMG_6629.JPG
     
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    Most used stuff at Jupiter isn't priced as low as comparable stuff at DD. There are exceptions.

    No sales tax is nice.

    I've pulled 50 cent LPs at DD that other shops would price at $5-$10.

    Zeppelin and Beatles at PREX are always $5-$10 more per title.
     
  11. dbarila

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    Do you mean Mr. Suit in Lancaster? Or is there another shop I'm not aware of.
     
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    Lol - yes! My bad.
     
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    No problem. That is a pretty cool shop. I used to go over there when he participated in RSD and opened at midnight. But I think he got tired of all the rules with RSD and doesn't do it anymore.
     
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    I've been to the record fair twice. Both times I went early in the morning and there were a ton of people. Tons of vendors and you can find lots of good deals.

    Stores selling vinyl in the Lancaster area are popping up all over the place. Some the places in no specific order:

    Record Connection
    Mr. Suit
    Stans Records
    Angry Young and Poor (for punk records)
    BZDZ
    Retro Rocks

    And Vintage Turntables in Manheim. The owner is actually moving his shop down the street to a 2500 square foot space later this year, 1000 sq will be dedicated to vinyl records the rest to vintage equipment.

    There are more as small music shops are starting to sell used records as well
     
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    inner Groove records in Collingswood
    The record collector in Bordentown
    Princeton record exchange in Princeton

    If there’s something I really want I usually find much success between these 3.
     
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    I found a record store day 2017 DMB live album here 2 weeks ago which was incredible because they were sold out literally everywhere else almost immediately
     
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    Another one bites the dust...The Mad Platter in West Chester is closing this summer...only leaves Electric Avenue and a couple of others in Chester County.
     
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    Stopped into Noise Pollution in Phila recently. I knew the owner, Jack, from back in the early 90s when I used to see him at record shows, before he opened his store.

    The shop is small, and his vinyl could use some re-stocking to fill the bins. However, I was excited to find some Public Enemy albums I needed priced below going market prices (Fear of a Black Planet and Apocalypse 91) plus the blue vinyl Snoop Dogg album, and he cut even more off cuz I paid cash and he knew me.

    He stocks a fair amount of punk, some of it local, and some random new wave and alternative stuff. Classic rock a-plenty.
     
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    Noise Pollution was my go-to for Britpop back in the mid-90s. He'd get in stuff Tower or HMV didn't and had reasonable prices to boot.
     
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