How to Make the Most of RSD 2021 Online

Since 2008, Record Store Day has been a celebration of the record store and its cultural impact on the community, from the shop clerk keeping track of the best local releases to hardcore collectors digging for rarities to the vinyl newbie just starting their journey. We’ll help you navigate RSD online through Discogs.

When is Record Store Day?

Record Store Day 2021 will occur on two Saturdays this summer: June 12 and July 17. Historically, Record Store Day fell in April. However, in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, RSD organizers planned separate socially distanced events in 2021 to accommodate smaller crowds (and keep you coming back for more).

How does Record Store Day work?

Artists and labels will schedule the release of exclusive new content or coveted reissues, which is organized by the Record Store Day crew. Inventory will vary greatly depending on where you live or shop. Your favorite record store — whether it’s the local brick-and-mortar or your go-to shop on Discogs — will request items from RSD, but that doesn’t guarantee that the store will get enough for everyone who wants one.

For the first 12 years, the limited nature of the event often created lines outside of local stores. In the midst of the pandemic, however, RSD organizers and shop owners are going to great lengths to ensure social distancing and safe shopping. If you plan on visiting a store in-person, check-in with their website and social media channels to make sure you’re prepared for rules related to COVID-19. As always, wear a mask, keep your distance, and be considerate to your local store clerks and fellow RSD hunters.

Where can I buy RSD releases online?

Right here on Discogs, of course! Below, you will find a list of all RSD 2021 releases. Shopping RSD items online will be easier than before since stores are able to list their RSD inventory online on the afternoon of Record Store Day.

Here’s how it works: As the information on RSD 2021 releases is submitted by the Discogs Community to our Database, the item will show up on this page. If you want to keep track of specific releases, add them to your Discogs Wantlist, that way you’ll get a notification when it’s added to the Marketplace.

We encourage you to shop from your local spots or favorite stores, many of which are already selling inventory through Discogs. On RSD, search for their name in the Marketplace and check out their Seller account to score their RSD releases directly. You can also add Sellers to your Friends list on the Discogs iOS and Android apps.

If you’re a regular Discogs user, this process will be second nature at this point. However, if you’re new to Discogs or you’re a little confused, here’s a breakdown of the process:

  1. Record Store Day organizers share a complete list of 2021 releases.
  2. Discogs Community members add the release information to the Database.
  3. As record shops (or individual Sellers who are ready to part with their recent scores) add the items to the Marketplace, you’ll either:
    • watch your favorite Seller pages to shop directly from your preferred record store or
    • add your top picks to your Wantlist so you’ll receive a notification as soon as it’s available for purchase.
  4. Once you find the album you’re looking for, simply add it to your cart, purchase, wait for delivery, then enjoy!

How much are RSD releases?

Great question. The short answer? It depends. The long answer: The very nature of Record Store Day creates exclusivity. Since every item is limited-edition, naturally, the demand is going to be a lot higher than the supply. Depending on the release, the value will appreciate over time. However, the initial drop price is pretty on par for what you would pay for a special format (like a picture disc), a box set (especially those collector’s versions), colored vinyl, or coveted reissue.