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Self-isolating? Here’s where to buy vinyl to help support artists

There’s nothing like the crackle of vinyl to keep you company during self-isolation. I’m of course talking about self-isolation to avoid the spread of COVID-19, which has pretty much got all of us stuck at home.

It’s hurting artists and businesses pretty bad right now, but if you’re keen to give back to your favourite musicians, we’ve put together a list of some of the best places where you can buy vinyl and get it delivered.

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Vinyl is a great way to support artists, and these online stores can deliver it right to your door (but maybe not any further).

You might have heard that Amazon has stopped deliveries of CDs and vinyl, but there are plenty of other alternatives to check out. Obviously if you can, buy vinyl from the artist’s own website/label, but if this isn’t possible here are some other excellent options.

Bandcamp

I’m starting this list with Bandcamp at the top because tomorrow (March 20th), they’re waiving their cut and giving artists all of the proceeds from purchases. Be sure to take advantage of this tomorrow to give your favourite artist or band 100% of your loving.

Discogs

Discogs is great for a few reasons. Not only does it have a huge range of vinyls, but it also works as an outlet for smaller record stores to sell their stock. This is a really important role right now as widespread social distancing/isolation means that fewer customers are going into their local stores.

JB Hi-Fi

This giant entertainment retailer has a vinyl collection to match, and is also offering same-day delivery if you just can’t wait to let the needle drop. Currently they’re even selling some sweet limited editions, including a pre-order for the anticipated Spacey Jane album, Sunlight, with a striped sunlight colouring. Listen to the single here.

Flightless Records

Flightless Records have a “sick”, affordable range of vinyl as well as merch items for artists like Tropical Fuck Storm and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard.

eBay

eBay has all kinds of vinyl, and because anyone can sell there’s really no limit to what you could find on here. Useful accessories such as vinyl sleeves would also be easy and cheap to order with eBay.

Check out how vinyl players work up-close here. 

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March 19, 2020