Is buying records online an oxymoron?
One of the joys of going back to a vinyl collection for music is the physical aspect of things. There is the strong visual process of flicking through the records, looking at the sleeve artwork. The holding the album cover and removing the inner sleeve. Then taking out the vinyl and placing it on the deck.
With such a strong physical element adding to the enjoyment of the vinyl experience, why not apply this to buying records?
In Cambridge we are lucky to have a number of options for buying vinyl. Fopp records has a store with a very impressive collection of vinyl. There is also a store on Cambridge market selling vinyl. With both of these there is the wonderful experience of flicking through the records admiring the artwork. The excitement of never knowing what you are going to find, especially on the market stall.
With the online experience these pleasures are removed. Where is the joy of searching for vinyl knowing that it will be there? Although I am sure they have their place, much of the mystery, surprise and excitement is removed.
Whenever I go to a new town to visit, I am always looking out for shops selling vinyl. This is not just the stores on the high street but market stalls, charity shops and car boots.
Bring back the fun to buying vinyl and go for the full experience.