Record sales see significant increase during pandemic

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 7:19 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - “If I can encourage people to go out there and buy a turn table and start collecting records again, new ones,” says vinyl record collector, David Cooper.

Record stores—such as the Sound Exchange—are seeing a significant increase in vinyl record sales.

Something that was evident when people stayed at home during the pandemic and needed a new hobby.

“When people had more time to actually sit and enjoy their music, they found that they could really enjoy what they were listening to. And, a lot of people are looking for hard-to-find records. Often, they can’t go to their local store and find something that’s extremely rare,” says Sound Exchange manager, Elmer Gourley. “So, they’ll go online, they’ll find something, they got to wait for it to come to them. If they’re shut in at home during a pandemic, that’s the perfect setup.”

According to the Record Industry Association of America, during 2020, vinyl record sales increased by 29 percent, and vinyl revenue exceeded CD revenue for the first time since 1986.

This includes not only the older, loyal customers... But also the younger crowd.

Gourley says, “We see customers from all walks of life now getting into vinyl. From older folks who have been experts in music for many years to teenagers coming in and buying Led Zeppelin Beatles records.”

Officials at the Sound Exchange say that sales have steadily been increasing in the last ten years when the first “Record Stores Day” began.

They will be having another Record Stores Day this Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

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