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Vinyl Record Price Guide
Do you have a record you want to appraise? Perhaps you’re curious about how much your vinyl collection is worth. Maybe you unearthed a gem at a local record shop (or in your storage). No matter your reasons, Discogs will teach you how to price a vinyl record.
Discogs is a crowdsourced database featuring more than 16 million music releases. It’s also a marketplace where users can buy, sell, and evaluate vinyl, cassettes, CDs, and more. We are committed to being a free and accessible resource for collectors, which includes making some of our sales data public. Follow this guide to determine the current value of your vinyl records based on the most recent sales in the largest vinyl marketplace in the world.
How to determine the value of
1. Identify the vinyl release
Most albums have been issued more than once, resulting in different release versions. For example, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been pressed over 400 times on vinyl. To determine the value of your record, you must first identify it.
Start by looking for a Catalog Number on your record, which is often found on the album sleeve or pressed on the inner ring of the vinyl itself. Next, search for a barcode number. Lacking either of these options, make note of other details: label, track titles, etc. For a more comprehensive guide, here’s where to find identifying information on vinyl records.How to find info on a record
2. Navigate to the Discogs release page
Once you have your identifying info about the release version, you will need to find it on Discogs. You can do this by typing in the Catalog Number, barcode number, or other details into the search bar. If the record has a barcode, you can also scan it with the free Discogs app which can be found in the Apple and Google Play app stores.
All releases are lumped under a Master Release in the Database. When in doubt, simply search for the album title, navigate to the Master Release page, and use the “Find Your Version” function to locate your specific release. Once you do, double-check your info to make sure it’s a match.Search for your record
3. See the record value and sales history
Discogs provides the most recent sales history for every item sold in the Marketplace. Each record’s lowest, median, and highest sale price is automatically calculated and displayed on the release page based on the 30 most recent sales of that item.
Look for the Statistics section. On a desktop, it will be on the right-hand side; on mobile, you will need to scroll down.
Immediately available will be lowest, median, and highest prices that the release has been sold for on Discogs. By clicking on the Last Sold date, you can view more sales history, including the average vinyl price and a chart to track trends over time.
If you’re using the Discogs app, this information will be labeled as Sales History. Click on Sales History for the same pricing information.Learn more about sales history
Determine the condition of your record
Condition is a major factor in the true value of your record. Discogs uses the Goldmine Standard, a universally- accepted guideline for representing the condition of physical music. The levels range from Mint (perfect) down to Poor/Fair (badly damaged). Discogs offers a complete guide to determining the condition of your vinyl record and grading it accurately.
Use a shortcut for more than one record
If you have more than one record to evaluate, use the Collection tool, which is available with a free Discogs account. Once you navigate to the release page, select the “Add to Collection” button and your record will be dropped into your virtual Collection on Discogs.
From your Collection, you can see the price for each record, get an estimated value of your entire collection, catalog the condition and other details of individual items, and more!Learn more about the Collection tool
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Discogs is an online database and marketplace of music releases that has been helping everyone — from casual fan to professional collector — enjoy music in a more personal and meaningful way since 2000. Sign up for a free Discogs account.Get started
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