[Updated: 10.09.2018] RSD-BF 2018 Releases Website PDF Version - - - Original post... Today marks the 150 day mark until Record Store Day - Black Friday 2018 (11/23/2018). While RSD releases a catalogue of albums/box sets through independent merchants, quite a few online retailers also offer discounts. For example, for RSD BF 2017, Best Buy had a Buy One Get One 50% Sale on ALL vinyl records and Amazon.com matched this sale. This sale ran for three days, and, by taking advantage of this, I saved roughly $300 while adding 52 albums to my collection. I figured I'd share my method with like-minded collectors. If Amazon has the same sale this year, here are some tips to get a lot more albums for a lot less money. STEP 1: SAVE MONEY DAILY Putting back money each day between now and RSD-BF means you can build your collection quite a bit without overspending. For example, starting today: If you save $5 a day, you'll have $750 to spend. If you save $10 a day, you'll have $1,500 to spend. If you save $15 a day, you'll have $2,250 to spend. If you save $20 a day, you'll have $3,000 to spend. If you save $25 a day, you'll have $3,750 to spend. STEP 2: STACKING Arrange your Amazon.com Wish List from most expensive at the top to least expensive at the bottom. By doing this, every time you reenter your Wish List, your next two, most expensive items will be the top two. You can click, hold, and drag items in your Wish List to reorder them. STEP 3: BUY TWO RECORDS AT A TIME Last year the BOGO50% was limited to one per customer. But one can do this endlessly by doing the following: Go to your Amazon Wish List Add the two most expensive albums to your shopping cart (Note 1 below) Go to Cart, complete purchase (Notes 2 & 3 below) Exit browser Wait two minutes Repeat steps 1 through 5 until your heart's content. ----------------------------- NOTE 1: RUSSIAN DOLL METHOD Buy the two most expensive albums in your Wish List first, then the next two most expensive, and so on. By doing this, you'll save way more money because Amazon applies the 50% discount to the least expensive item in your cart regardless of the amount. It's better to save 50% on an album that costs $30 than one that costs $10. I threw together an example spreadsheet (bottom of post) to show how much one could save using this method. NOTE 2: ORDER ALBUMS EVEN IF THEY ARE NOT IN STOCK This will lock in the price point on the purchase date, and, Amazon will honor this price even if it takes months to ship. NOTE 3: SHIPPING Choose the slowest shipping possible for Out of Stock items and send your packages as they become available. Doing this not only assures that you get most of your records sooner, but, it also acts as a stop-gap in the event that an Out of Stock item becomes unavailable permanently. ---- I hope this guide helps you build your record collection. SPREADSHEET NOTES: This example uses $750 as the budget, and, clearing out a Wish List of 40 albums ranging in price from $37.88 to $14.38. To mimic Amazon's algorithm, the discount is always applied to "Album 2". Note: this example does not consider tax!