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  1. Holy shit. Is the IRS just getting desperate to pinch pennies or what? What a leap.
  2. I guess there's value in now logging / monitoring the cost of every record I buy, but... man, what an unnecessary headache. And even if an audit occurs – slim as that chance may be – simply referring to a spreadsheet won't be enough. I'm pretty good about saving e-mail receipts these days, but shit from 10+ years ago that I won on eBay? Not so much.
  3. Relapse [almost] always drop new pre-orders between 7-8 AM PST on weekdays, and they've been super consistent about it. I really wouldn't scramble when this thread is bumped outside of that window, but do what you gotta' do.
  4. Yeah. I don't sell frequently enough (or in large enough volumes) to really be "stung" by this. It's the principle I find to be the biggest pain in the dick. An additional 15% cut [on profits] on top of sales tax? On top of Paypal fees? And submission of paperwork for the ~10-15 records I may sell throughout a calendar year? Fuck right off.
  5. Gotcha'. But what measures are there – if any – to prevent someone from saying "yup, I paid $50 for this LP and sold it for $50"? Is there going to be a requirement to upload an original receipt for all "expenses" [records bought and then] sold?
  6. Is that... a running total of $600 across the entire year? Or exclusive to sales that exceed $600? Don't know about you guys but I'm absolutely not selling $600 records left and right.
  7. Big thanks to both of you for responding in such detail, that’s exactly what I was looking for. For @dawhizz, I’m truly impressed you’ve managed to integrate so much listening into your current lifestyle. I think that’s great. Growing up, my dad would always have a CD on the stereo or sound system and eventually I got to be an age where I could explore that for myself. Granted, CDs are a little more durable than vinyl – and less valuable, for the most part – it was really cool getting to immerse myself in my dad’s tastes, even if he only owned a very humble collection of CDs across even less genres. Seems to me like you’d be able to introduce your kids into a variety of fresh sounds if your collection is that large, and that’s really cool. You’ve also really got the right idea about thumbing through the collection every few months to seek out the fluff. These days I’m pretty particular with what I buy, but at the same time, my tastes aren’t what they were 10 years ago. So while I do have some nostalgic albums and genres, like you said, there still comes a point where I need to ask myself “look, even for a trip down memory lane, you haven’t had any desire to spin this record in 2 full years. Do you actually need it?” I find myself at odds with… myself, really, over that question sometimes. Which I’ll address below. Point is, I think it’s super healthy to keep the collection clean and relevant. As someone who still explores a lot of new albums from bands still making music – and new bands entirely – my record shelf can sometimes feel like a snake. This organic thing that shifts and breathes on its own, never at a set number. Never staying stagnant or bloating in size, but rather shedding its skin of stuff I just can’t see myself enjoying outside of the nostalgic Spotify stream once a blue moon. @shamrocks, 3,000 is pretty nuts. I can’t see why such a large chunk of your collection isn’t played. You’ve only been amassing vinyl for a few years more than I, but you’re nearly double the size. I can’t imagine. Like you, there are times when I’ll get an album and it just won’t be the right time to throw it on. Maybe I’ll have burnt myself out on it digitally before the vinyl finally ships 3 months later, or it’s clearly a summer kind of record but it arrives in the middle of winter. I do like to crack open my orders to make sure nothing is chipped, or that I didn’t get 2 A/B records by mistake, and so on… but like you said, listening to music - in general - has been a really intimate thing for as long as I can remember. Ritualistic, start to finish, even when I was a kid with CDs. Over the years I have gotten pretty good at identifying what kind of mood I’m in when I throw an album on. Some hours of the night, drone or shoegaze just scratches all the right itches, and I’ll decide to finally take out that random ambient record that showed up a month ago. But also like you said - and to tie in with the internal debate above - sometimes it’s just nice to own this piece of art that brings you joy. The same satisfaction could probably be obtained from a cassette or CD, sure, but for me I feel like vinyl has always been the pinnacle of hands-on physical media. To know that I have access to this album that means so much to me, just a few feet away, with huge liner notes that I can immerse myself in, presented in a premium gatefold or box set… nothing beats it. Anyone exclusively streaming their music is just missing out as far as I’m concerned. So every now and then I do find myself asking if I’m owning something just for the sake of owning it all these years, or if I actually value the music and will find myself listening to it. It’s no secret that I often talk down on nostalgia-core. I think it’s a slippery slope to just amass every album that’s ever been appealing to you. That’s why I really strive to monitor what I actually own and play, these days, to keep everything “relevant” I guess. But sometimes I’ll have some old album that I was so proud to cop, or it’ll have the perfect variant to match the art, and I haven’t listened to the band in years… but I can’t quite bring myself to part with it. I think it’s the comfort of having it, or the potential discomfort of knowing the packaging is awesome, the record is pressed great, it’s valuable, it’s out of print… and the one day I may itch to play it, I’ll begrudgingly play my digital copy and sigh, thinking “yeah… I used to own that one.” So I’ve gotten better about that, for sure. And like you, I really enjoy supporting the labels and artists that I know and love, when I can. I think that’s hugely important, and now more than ever with touring being in such a wobbly state. Anyways, much appreciate the insight from both you. And am relieved to hear I’m not the only one who sees little to no value in a pile of 7”s. 🤷‍♂️
  8. Had to quote this for truth. That street runs both ways too – owning 20 variants of one record or dropping $1,000+ on a super limited, signed, promotional copy of something doesn’t necessarily translate into “I’m a more important person” or “I’m a bigger fan”. I know that vinyl enthusiasts tend to have the frailest egos and require more validation than just about any hobbyists out there, but I’ve never considered variant hoarding or dropping big bucks on a coveted release to magically rank you higher in fandom, or something. Contrary to how much dick swinging comes with the hobby, it’s already been said in this thread: you should collect because it’s fun. The minute it stops becoming fun, it’s time to step back or consider opting out. One of the quickest ways to lose that fun is to fret and sweat any corner bend or seam split. (Also in case it reads this way, I’m not accusing OP of hysteria over corner dings and seam splits. I fully acknowledge that some of his orders are beyond playable when they show up. And that really sucks. The winded point above is more applicable to the countless people who want to exchange or get a refund on new records that arrive with a little bit of ring wear or a dinged corner.) So much this. Believe it or not, that’s what it boils down to. Or should. What do people do when they enjoy an album that has never been pressed on vinyl? Just not acknowledge it? Music first and foremost, always. Give me a shelf full of quality bands and releases on “boring” black vinyl, with the occasional bit of sleeve scuff or folded corner. For me, that will always be worlds more desirable than a stash of limited edition garbage /150, in pristine shape. Even if said junk has insane collectibility or resale value, if it’s a pile of Enjoy the Ride releases, I’d see no real reason to own it.
  9. For anyone who can resist the low-hanging fruit – you actually play your records? / none, I frame everything I own / none, I just resell them once I get them / none, I'm keeping everything factory sealed for maximum profits later on / one per year as a personal ritual / none, I just turn them into bowls whenever I need one / wait there's actually music on these things?! – I'm curious how much of your collection is actually listened to. Some diving-off points to consider. – Do you make it a habit to actually play through the new records you receive? – If you've been collecting for a while, how often do you actually go through and revisit the stuff you bought 5+ years ago? – What % of your collection has been on a turntable, if you had to estimate? – What %, if any, do you simply never intend to spin, and just enjoy owning? A few people touched on this in the ~"when is it time to stop buying vinyl?" thread and I found it really interesting to hear some of the answers. There are factors that a lot of us aren't considering... like backlog. There was a point when I had a ton of my records boxed up in the process of moving, but was still buying new stuff, and before Covid / pre-order delays were such a big part of the hobby, there was a summer where it was simply raining parcels every other day. Great problem to have, but it took an active effort to actually open up, sleeve, and just generally "get around" to the vinyl experience for those. If I ever get to a point where genuinely I forget that I ordered a record and it just pops up, I'm done. 2much4me. Some people start families and become astounded at how much of their free time vanishes. They find themselves, now, able to to spin a record once or twice a week if they're lucky. I can't imagine that these people continue to buy and hoard new vinyl, for obvious reasons, but maybe I'm wrong. On January 1st of 2021, I started a separate column on my vinyl spreadsheet to actually log what I listened to last year. I work from home and have the luxury of having music on 50-90% of each shift. It's something I don't take for granted, so I try to take advantage of that when I can. But even with that said, I find that I wasn't able to spin everything in my collection over the course of the year. Not even close. I own a little over 1,800 records, and ~1,600 of those are unique (non-variants). Midway through the year I decided I was going to start counting digital plays towards my objective... and even now, a year+ later, I'm still only at 87.4% played. Over a year. Including streaming. While working from home. Considerably less than that 87% was placed on my turntable last year, that is for certain. (But I will say, it's "fun" tracking this stuff, and really illuminating to identify what I have the desire to own. I'm all for mood artists – even genres – but if I've found that I'm not in the right mood over the course of an entire year, to play a given artist, it's probably time to assess the value in keeping those records around. I value my shelf space and beyond that, "all killer, no filler" is the endgame for any vinyl collection that's 4 digits in size. If your collection is expansive and you haven't considered doing something like this, I cannot recommend it enough. I've always said that it's far more respectable, to me, to see someone who can gush about 300 records on their shelves, and get excited about each one... than it is to see someone who's got 3,000 that they can't really keep track of. It always blows my mind to read about people accidentally pre-ordering something they were already waiting on, or finding a good buy in a record shop only to get home and realize they already own the record. I'm straying off-topic here, you guys don't need to be reminded that quality > quantity. But just tracking what I get around to revisiting - even digitally - has been incredibly productive in keeping that at the forefront of my mind.) I know there are lots of people with larger collections than I have, so it's just really got me wondering how many of you are actually listening to the stuff you've bought and how many are simply hoarding. But this isn't a thread to judge. I'll openly admit that I have some "big ticket" collectible items that I bought, mint or or sealed, that I have no intention of playing... but for those, I have additional, less rare variants that are way less valuable, and those see rotation. I'll never be that guy but the hoarders remind me of the people I've seen in Facebook groups who actually buy records and leave them in the mailer, sealed, just to say they own it. (Oblivious to what record was actually shipped to them, or what vinyl LP got packaged inside the sleeve, or how playable those discs are. It's more about the ownership, I guess. These same people really ought to get into NFTs or something.) Hoping for a variety of answers for those still partaking in the community. Would be cool to hear from some people who've been collecting for 10+ years compared to some of the fresher faces with newer, modest collections so far. Or just post Shaq gifs. The threads in Everything Else are such a dice roll.
  10. 100%. Which is why I chose to end my post acknowledging exactly that, specifically.
  11. First thing that came to mind when I read OP's post. Glad someone took the time to post it. I'm sure I'm drawing a blank here but can anyone else think of any other "hobby" where people actively wait around [or stay up late] just to spam F5, for the opportunity to overspend to wait for months on end for a product?
  12. May be time for a different hobby. Get out while you can. What you’re describing has been the name of the game since I started buying vinyl back in ‘09, personally. Hasn’t really changed since then. You either play around the FOMO or settle for whatever Amazon may eventually stock down the road. Desirable variants and limited editions are probably off the table for you unless - like you said - you’re only buying them for artists / albums you know and love. Just the nature of new releases and has been for quite some time – I will agree that Covid has really compounded the waiting game and made delays way more common, though.
  13. If it’s any consolation, the album is a certifiable banger and has given me a lot of mileage since it dropped. Definitely not one I’ve forgotten about or only revisit once a year. I know you’ve heard it in full but I still want to reiterate how it’s 100% worth the shelf space.
  14. Gonna' assume there's a good chance the prices on eight1echo's link are in CDN, which is about 3/4 of the USD, give or take. $21 CDN is still steep after conversion to USD though, probably $15-17. Just food for thought. A lot of people seem to forget that or are simply oblivious to conversion rates.
  15. And ultimately it doesn't seem to matter too much since both variants got botched. I love a good galaxy swirl but it seems like so many artists / labels haven't figured out the nuances to getting them pressed correctly. (See: the overwhelming amount of galaxy swirls that basically look like black vinyl unless you hold them up to the light.) But for anyone itching to own a copy of this without spending $50+, I'm sure it'll suffice – beggars can't be choosers.
  16. Favorites of this year. Items in bold were most played and in a top-10 order that I couldn't possibly decide on. • Amenra: De Doorn • Andy Stott: Never the Right Time • Big Brave: Vital • Blankenberge: Everything • Cloud Nothings: The Shadow I Remember • Color of Time: S/T • Converge & Chelsea Wolfe: Bloodmoon I • Crumb: Ice Melt • Darkside: Spiral • Deafheaven: Infinite Granite • Eluvium: Virga II • Every Time I Die: Radical • Faye Webster: I Know I'm Funny Haha • Fucked Up: Year of the Horse • A Great Big Pile of Leaves: Pono • Grouper: Shade • GY!BE: G_d's Pee at State's End • Halsey: If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power • Holy Other: Lieve • Iceage: Seek Shelter • Idles: Crawler • Jon Hopkins: Music for Psychedelic Therapy • King Woman: Celestial Blues • Lantlôs: Wildhund • Low: Hey What • Midwife: Luminal • Mogwai: As the Love Continues • Mondaze: Late Bloom • Origami Angel: Gami Gang • Portico Quartet: Monument • Tobacco: Fucked Up Friends 3 • TRNA: Istok • TV Priest: Uppers • The World Is a Beautiful Place...: Illusory Walls • Year of No Light: Consolamentum
  17. They were released like a half-year apart between 2007 and 2008, I’m pretty sure. I remember buying Vol. I & II on CD the day it released, and being so pleased with the progression they took from Vheissu. I found myself more than content with it as the latest entry to their discography, but also immediately itching to hear the conclusion with Vol. III & IV. Zoomers will never know.
  18. Now I’m just waiting on the obligatory “what, you guys would be fine with a scratched door or broken headlight if you paid five figures for a car? I’m paying full price for a new product here, this is unacceptable” post.
  19. The scarlette is definitely slicker if it turns out resembling the mock-up they used, but that clear is prone to sounding better and looks a bit nicer with the center labels. Really surprised Newbury’s is a smidge cheaper than Numero was charging for their variant, too.
  20. +1 for Mondaze love. It's not breaking boundaries in the genre but it scratches that Whirr / Nothing itch for me, better than most bands are capable of. As far as "newgaze" is concerned I'm enjoying it even more than anticipated releases of this year [Slow Crush, Tennis System, etc.]
  21. None of the Mars Volta exclusives are being pressed through GZ, as far as I know, so they should be good.
  22. I always suspected that Turnstile resonates with 4 year-olds but this was a heartwarming read, thanks for sharing.
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