|Crates, 45s, 12" records, moving boxes, dust, and more crates!|
|Yeah, you got the time! There's no such thing as a clock when digging.|
|For I have climbed the mountain! rchecka in his 'happy place' at Metrowax Records.|
- A portable record player or bring your own needles for the store's in-house decks.
- Smart Phone for comparatively looking up prices and record reviews (Discogs is huge)
- Cash (it always seems to work better when bartering when you show cash in hand)
- a dust mask, band aids and old clothes (that can get dirty) should be used for long serious digs.
- A lot of record store proprietors don't want their needles and\or records getting ruined by legions of filthy handed crate diggers so they expect patrons to bring their own needles or portable players. You really can't blame them at all for that, and it's rare to see store owners bending over backwards to play each song you want to hear without getting annoyed. Show the owner some respect by having your own way to sample the music you are digging. A lot of records are too valuable to allow patrons to drop a needle on it. Don't be surprised if certain records are behind the counter and off limits to previewing. Look for it online first with your smart phone and peep an audio snippet if it's available instead of bothering the owner with a request to listen. Then you can ask them to play it for you if you must hear their copy before buying it. Frankly, that's not always necessary when you have access to YouTube videos and Discogs ratings.
- Don't even think about asking the store owner to break the seal on a record. It's like asking them to throw away part of their profit, so just don't go there. If they have multiple sealed copies of a record, ask if one is unsealed that you can listen to first, otherwise use your discretion on asking them to break the seal. If the record is a 2 dollar record, they might not mind breaking the seal for you if they have multiple sealed copies in stock. Never unseal a record yourself, let the owner do it for you! They tend to think they can do it better then you, and maybe they are right.
- Don't underestimate a stupid record store owner. Never tell them they are stupid and don't know how to price records even if it's true, they usually don't like that. Quietly purchase any absurdly under-priced records and walk away from over priced records without bitching about it. Let the store owner think it is you who is stupid and you will reap the benefits of humility.
- For physical in store purchases, don't ever return used records to the store you bought it from. If you walked out of the store without looking at the condition of the record, you bought it, you should be stuck with it. Tough luck for not taking the time to look at the condition of the record that is advertised. If it is under graded, you have the opportunity to say something while you are in the store, but once it leaves the store, it becomes your property. If you must bring it back because you missed a flaw, be prepared to sell it back at your loss. This does not necessarily pertain to online sales, you may attempt to return a used record to an online seller if you feel the record was misgraded, but only if you establish initial communication with him or her about the problem before proceeding with a return. DON'T EVER REVERSE YOUR PAYMENT WITHOUT CONTACTING THE SELLER FIRST! That is the lowest and laziest way to do business with a dealer, and you will shoot yourself in the foot by taking advantage of the system. You will lose out way more then what you have gained from that one malicious transaction, so don't even think about doing that to a record store owner.
- Don't waste the store owner's time talking for hours and hours about music. They live this shit, they know already. Shut up and dig already. If you feel like having a music chat, keep in mind the owner probably enjoys it for about 5 minutes before they start feeling trapped in a conversation and are only obligated to talk to you. Besides, they don't need to know that you know what you are talking about. The less they know about your knowledge the better off you'll be. You can call them out on mistakes if it's in your favor, but you should feel no need to impress them with trivial music knowledge.
- Don't bring your kids to record stores. The kids will be bored and antsy, the store owner will be annoyed and worried about lost product, and you'll end up looking like a fool. Keep your kids unattended in the car with the windows cracked for fresh air while you dig. Yeah, I'm kidding!
- Production. Producers and beat heads dig for potential audio samples that can be recycled and given a new life in their own original music productions.
- Status. Some collectors dig to add great music to their ever growing collection which somewhere along the way became a status symbol.
- Completionists will collect every single recording they can get their hands on of a certain artist or producer because while their collection remains incomplete, so, in turn, is their lives. (Guilty!) They often don't care if the music on the record is good or not as long as it fills that void they feel like they can die happy for having a complete collection.
- DJs dig for records to make butts shake or at the very least make heads nod. They typically want records either for their live sets or for their mixtapes.
- Music lovers and audiophiles dig for records because they love music, possibly more then anything else in life and are convinced that vinyl records are the best format for sound quality. (Guilty again!)
- Because it's cool. Is anything cooler? Nope.
- Addiction. Crate diggers might dig because they have to. If you think about it, it's a fairly justifiable addiction, considering all the really bad things they could be addicted to besides buying music.