Thanks to the success of music downloads, buying singles and albums in physical form now seems like a thing of the past. But if you’ve resisted the online music revolution – or you’re simply keen to keep up your collection of records and CDs – there’s still plenty of retailers from which to buy them.
Most of these record shops have now gone online too, and it’s on the internet that you’ll find the best deals. Here’s our pick of the best places to buy CDs and old records online.
Where to buy old CDs and records
Your first port of call for old records and CDs is undoubtedly Amazon. Go to Amazon’s main music page and you’ll see a range of new releases, special offers and CD bargains to browse. You can even browse by format, filtering results by CD, vinyl, DVD Audio and even Blu-ray audio. Amazon’s selection is huge, so you’re likely to find almost anything you want here – from old Motown records to the latest Michael Bublé single.
Similar to Amazon is Play.com, an online shop with an extensive collection of CDs and records. Play’s selection is perhaps more suitable for consumers looking for relatively new releases on CD or vinyl, though their sale of CDs for under £5 – which seems to run throughout the year – may sometimes turn out some old forgotten favourites.
If you’re simply looking for CDs at bargain prices, online supermarkets are worth checking out. Tesco Direct, for example, has a range of new music releases to buy on CD and you can even earn Tesco Clubcard points on your purchases.
Looking for something a bit more obscure? Online auction site ebay has some great deals on old records and CDs that are now out of production. So if you’re looking for rare vinyl or a signed copy of a particular record, it’s worth checking ebay regularly or setting up an email alert, as hundreds of new listings appear every hour.
Online music shops off the beaten track
Although the websites above are all well-known, there are many more online shops worth browsing for CD and record enthusiasts. Recordstore.co.uk, for instance, is a fantastic site, selling a range of signed CD and vinyl and hosting regular special offers. And if you’re finding it hard to get the tools to clean and maintain your record collection and player, this site’s got what you need – including anti-static record cleaning cloths, record cleaning fluid and carbon fibre cleaning brushes.
If you’re always on the lookout for old records and CDs, you’ll already know that charity Oxfam has some great specialist music shops around the country. But did you know you can also buy Oxfam records and CDs online? Their vinyl collection is particularly impressive, with thousands of records to browse on the web. When you’ve found what you want, you simply pay over the internet and the record gets posted to you – and the money even goes to a good cause.
To find more old records online, don’t miss website Those Old Records. Chris, who runs the site, is even interested in buying rare records that you want to sell. Or, for cut-price CDs from just £1.99, That’sEntertainment.co.uk has over half a million items to choose from – and even the postage is free.
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