Vinyl Is Bigger Than We Thought. Much Bigger.

This is why I never buy vinyl on eBay any more. You just don’t know what you’re going to get:

Note that Discogs’ sales are growing, at roughly the same rate as new vinyl sales, while eBay’s sales have stagnated. Discogs is becoming the preferred marketplace for serious record buyers and sellers. That’s because Discogs insists on sellers submitting detailed metadata about music releases — including such things as identifiers, country of release, pressing information, artist credits, and conditions of both discs and sleeves — whereas eBay has looser metadata standards to encourage more casual sellers and buyers (and, of course, supports auctions). It takes more effort to list your records on Discogs, but collectors like having all that information.

Rian van der Merwe The B-Sides