We have a philosophy at Beat that if we don’t stock an item or we have sold out, we will do our very best to find out where a customer can purchase it from. We will point people in the direction of a local shop and search the internet to find online sites. Many would consider this giving sales to our competitors we view it as good customer service.
In the same vein we have chosen to sell Vinyl Records on Discogs. The tab on our website ‘Vinyl Shop’ will take you directly to our shop on Discogs. From here you will be able to browse what we have for sale, many of the items on here will be hard to find releases and Limited Editions. You can purchase from our shop on here and either pay through PayPal plus postage or pay and collect your item from our Shop in Fargo Village, Coventry.
What is good about Discogs is once you are on it you can search over 23 million items and thousands of sellers. For example, if you were looking at ‘The Maccabees – Colour It In (LP, Album, Ltd)’ in our shop, when you click on details there will be a link to ‘More Copies For Sale’ this will take you to a page with every copy of the release which is for sale on Discogs. We believe this offers you our customer the widest choice from UK to International Sellers and is a good price comparison.
On our page we show shipping costs next to the item and a combined price will also be shown. Our delivery is based on weight, so UK buyers can purchase more than one albums and the postage won’t go up, we will always offer the lowest postage. When browsing there may be cheaper copies by other sellers, please check the postage and the condition of an item before purchasing.
Below is a description by Discogs of their Market Place: –
“Marketplace connects buyers and sellers across the globe. With more than 23 million items available and thousands of sellers, this is the premier spot from new releases too hard to find gems. Because the Marketplace is built on top of the accurate Discogs database, it is easy for sellers to list their inventory and buyers are able to specify the exact version they want.” (Discogs https://www.discogs.com/about)
If you are serious about getting good accurate descriptions on condition and want to stop bidding on Vinyl and CDs you may never ‘win’, forget eBay and head to Discogs.
Happy browsing, it will never compare to digging through physical vinyl, but it is a good way to search that record you thought you’d never find.