How to price vinyl albums

Updated February 21, 2017

Casual music fans are beginning to realise what aficionados and serious collectors have known for decades: The only real way to listen to music is on vinyl. Vinyl records are back with a vengeance, and more and more people are buying turntables. Whether you're attempting to price vinyl albums to value a collection or are trying to open a retail store, there are a few things you have to take into account before setting a price.

Find the suggested retail price by searching for an album's title on sites like or The suggested retail price, also called the "list price," is a value set by the manufacturer. This is not a mandatory price for an album, but a recommendation from the people who published it. It can be a good indication of what price you should set on your own.

Look at how much the same album or similar albums are selling for on eBay. If you're attempting to price vinyl albums for sale on the used market, seeing what other people are paying for the same album can be incredibly useful. Of course, you can set whatever price you'd like, but if the demand doesn't meet that price, don't expect anyone to pay it.

Look at the prices at record stores. Most major cities and even small towns will have a few operational record stores in the area. Go inside and take a look at their prices. If a record store is consistently busy, that can be a good indication that its prices are fair and people are actually buying its products. That store's prices would be a good guide for the prices you should set.

Consider the price you paid for the album. Whatever your reason for selling the album, the end result is to make a return on your investment. If possible, don't sell it for any less than you originally paid for it.

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Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.