Record Store Day, also known as RSD, is an annual event that celebrates independent record stores across the world. The day is all about new vinyl releases that come out on the same day and can only be sold by independent record stores. Every year, the Record Store Day organization, along with record labels and artists, curate a list of titles to be released on RSD. Individual record stores decide which titles and how many copies of each title on The List to stock. Record stores have to purchase these titles from wholesale distribution companies. Stores are not guaranteed to receive everything that they order and stores aren’t able to return titles that don’t sell.
It’s all about celebrating independent record stores. The idea is to draw attention away from big box retailers and to focus on indie record shops instead. Not to mention it gives artists and bands a chance to put some really cool and hyper limited releases in the hands of their fans.
Record Store Day happens once in April (the 3rd Saturday) and once on Black Friday every year. The event has been going on for 10+ years.
Each year, The List contains hundreds of limited-edition new vinyl releases (7″, 12″, LPs, box sets, picture discs, colored vinyl). The List contains a mixture of genres and eras of music. Some are special edition reissues and others are being released for the first time.
We typically have most, but not all, of the titles on the RSD List. Every year Comeback Vinyl puts out a survey to allow our customers the best opportunity to get what they want. We do our best to order enough copies of the titles our customers want most. If we don’t get any or a lot of responses to a release on our survey, we usually don’t stock it.
No. Stores are not allowed to hold or pre-sell any Record Store Day titles. All record stores have to sign a pledge of rules put in place by the Record Store Day organization in order to be allowed to stock these exclusive titles. Part of that pledge includes agreeing not to sell or hold any Record Store Day product before the event.
All sales are final on Record Store Day items.
We put out an interest survey to help us determine which Record Store Day titles our customers want most. The titles that get the most picks are the ones we order the most of. If no one selects it on the survey, we don’t order any copies of it.
We’ll be sharing an excel list the day before each drop with all of the Record Store Day Drop items we have in stock with quantities and prices of each. The in-stock list will be at the top of this page, on our Instagram, on our Facebook, and emailed via our newsletter the day before each drop.
Due to the limited-edition nature of Record Store Day items, labels and distributors aren’t able to completely fill all of the orders from stores. We could order 100 copies of a certain release and only receive 10 copies of it. We could also order 100 copies of a certain release and have to pay our vendor for all 100. Because of this, it’s a tough gamble for stores to try to get the stock that they actually want. While we do our best to order plenty of copies of the most desirable titles, unfortunately we don’t always receive everything we order and sometimes we get more than we actually wanted.
Distributors and record labels provide record stores with a suggested retail for each record. Stores can price Record Store Day titles from as low as they want or up to 20% over MSRP. We price all of our Record Store Day titles at or below MSRP.
No. All Record Store Day items are limited to one per customer. Meaning you can buy 1 copy of every record but you can’t buy more than 1 copy of the same title. We do this to prevent flippers from buying up the most desirable titles as well as to allow everyone a fair chance of getting what they want.