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How To Find Rare Records and Albums

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Tracking down musical rarities, whether on vinyl, cassette, CD or mp3 can be a difficult process. While spending hours browsing through record stores, charity shops and websites is a pastime in itself, there are efficient ways to find what you're looking for.
What you'll need: 
Internet Connection
eBay account
eBay is an excellent starting point when searching for rare music. The nature of the online community means that you are able to search for music from sellers across the globe, greatly improving the likelihood of finding what you're searching for. Thoroughly researching the music you're looking for prior to searching online will allow you to be specific in your search.
If eBay doesn't yield what you're after, there are numerous sites which have either a comprehensive catalogue of rarities or a list of specialist record stores. Vinyl Records Still Lives has compiled an encyclopaedic list of specialist UK record stores.
When searching for rarities, The Rare Record Finder lists a number of specialist websites including Rare Groove Music, Discogs, MusicStack, Netsounds, Global E-Commerce Mega Marketplace (GEMM), and eMusic.
Tracking down rare music is, by its very nature, a difficult, time-consuming and potentially expensive process. However, by using the resources available, it can be both productive and enjoyable.


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