Rare vinyl records wanted!
WE DO FREE APPRAISALS
Looking to sell vinyl records? We'd love to see your collection. We offer the best prices anywhere for vinyl and CDs. We also make HOUSE CALLS for any size record collection. The condition can include Sealed to Very Good.
Where can I sell my vinyl records near me?
WE BUY VINYL
If you're wondering, "where can I sell my vinyl records near me?" You've come to the right place. We're in Los Alamitos California, in easy driving distance from anywhere in Orange County and Los Angeles. But since we'll gladly travel even further for large, high-quality vinyl collections, we're near you no matter where you are.
Whether you're handling a loved one's estate or simply want to downsize, if you’ve got good vinyl, we'd love to hear from you.
Sell Vinyl Records
WHAT WE BUY
If you want to sell vinyl records, we're looking for collections in all genres with records in Mint Condition, Near-Mint Condition, Excellent/Very Good+ condition, and Very Good condition. If you're new to all of this, we explain what all these terms mean and what we're looking for below.
If you're familiar with what record collectors are looking for, feel free to skip all this and go straight to our Contact Us form.
We're looking for all types of vinyl records, including Rock, Punk, Pop, Jazz, Classical, Soul, Blues, Metal, and Soundtrack (U.S. and U.K. original pressings). Imports, Audiophile, and MOFI are especially sought-after by our community of avid collectors.
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As the Record Collector explains people in the vintage vinyl trade have a grading system for records. Conditions range from Mint condition to Poor. As a rule, collectors aren't interested in any recordings that are rated lower than Very Good condition.
That makes sense, as any LP, 78, 45, or CD below Very Good condition won't play well.
GRADING SYSTEM FOR THE
CONDITION OF YOUR RECORDS
MINT CONDITION RECORDS (M)
Mint condition recordings are the Holy Grail for our discerning community of record collectors. Mint LPs, 45s, and 78s are pristine, unplayed, and still have the shrink wrap and the factory seal. These albums are rare because — as a user named Myke commented in a thread on Steve Hoffman's Music Forums — "I'm a music lover, not a museum curator. Open the damn album."
NEAR-MINT RECORDS (NM or M-)
These may have been played on the turntable once or twice (some collectors will play an album just once to get a recording), but the album covers, sleeves, and discs are in otherwise perfect condition with no marks, scuffs, dings, or scratches.
VERY GOOD+ and VERY GOOD CONDITION RECORDS
VG+ (Very good plus): The cover and vinyl have small dings that you'd only see if you look really close. But the record still sounds perfect when you play it.
VG (Very Good): The cover and album has some light marks, scratches and/or scuffs and you may hear slight flaws when you play it. But they’re still aesthetically pleasing.
Sell Vinyl Records
TYPES OF RECORD FORMATS
Short for "long-playing," LPs are what comes to mind when we think of a record album. They're 12 inches in diameter, pressed on vinyl, and play at 33 RPM (revolutions per minute). RCA Victor released the first ones in 1930, but despite the improved durability and sound quality, they didn't catch on. Then WWII caused a shortage of shellac and the rest is history.
This "45" format is just 7 inches in diameter and usually has a single recording on the "A" side and a second one on the "B" side. 45s get their name because they spin at a rate of 45 RPM (revolutions per minute). As with LPs, they launched in 1948 and are made from vinyl. So why do 45s have that large hole in the middle? Because they were designed to be played on jukeboxes.
The first flat disc "gramophone" (or "phonograph") record was launched in 1898. The speeds of rotation varied, but by 1910, 78 RPM had become the standard. The most common size was 10 inches in diameter. But 12-inch 78s are often found as well. These earlier recordings were made from shellac resin, which is far more fragile and brittle than the vinyl that replaced it.
WHAT WE DON'T BUY
We are sorry, but if the record albums in your collection show any of the flaws listed below, we might not take them.
Ring Wear and/or Writing on the Covers
Spindle Marks on the Labels
Records treated with Last Liquid
'Last' Stickers on the Covers or Labels
We are interested in audiophile type CDs (compact discs) including:
The CDs need to be in Sealed/Like New condition.
Where can I sell my records?
SELL YOUR VINYL COLLECTION
IN JUST 4 EASY STEPS
Tell us about your record collection via our contact form and we'll get back to you within 24 hours.
We'll come to you, look at your record collection, and give you a free appraisal. There is no obligation.
Free Pick Up
If you're happy with our appraisal and price quote, we'll come and pick up your records at no cost to you.
We'll add your records to our catalog and sell them on AudioPhileUSA.Com.
Rare Vinyl Records Wanted!
HOW MUCH ARE MY RECORDS WORTH?
So, you're still looking to sell your vinyl collection? As David Lazarus, an award-winning columnist for the Los Angeles Times writes, "Selling albums is like selling a used car: The better the condition, the more you'll make."
Want to know how much cash you can get for your records? Sign up for your free appraisal now.
WHAT MAKES A RECORD MORE VALUABLE?
There are four factors that affect the price of collectible vinyl (or shellac): The condition, whether it is autographed, rarity, and the age of the recording.
Mint-Condition and Near-Mint Condition records get top dollar. But recordings in Very Good condition can also be in high demand.
Collectors will happily pay more when an LP, 45 or 78 is signed by the recording artist.
The harder to find a record is, the more collectors will pay. Limited editions, short runs, test pressings, promotional copies, recalled releases, imports, and special formats can get top dollar.
Older records in top condition tend to be rare. While some have no interest in an obscure artist from decades ago, the people who want that recording REALLY want that recording.