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post Oct 13 2016, 08:43 PM
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From Music Week
Sainsbury’s has announced that it will now sell vinyl records in 67 more stores across the country – taking its total number of vinyl selling stores to 238.

Records will now be available permanently in 238 stores and the range will be tripled from 20 to 60 titles. The new collection will launch in-store on October 14 and will include a mix of contemporary and classic records along with seven exclusive titles.

The supermarket has made significant in-roads into the physical music market in 2016, now accounting for 80% of the total grocery vinyl market.

Sainsbury’s began selling vinyl in March this year for the first time since the 1980s and has sold more than 81,000 records to date, with the best performing album, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, selling 5,500 units so far. The new collection includes Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here and David Bowie’s Blackstar in addition to limited edition coloured vinyl exclusives such as Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Welcome to The Pleasure Dome, Madonna’s Like a Prayer and Jethro Tull’s Aqua Lung. From October 21, Sainsbury’s will also be taking an exclusive silver coloured edition of Michael Buble’s new album Nobody But Me.

Sean Cowland, Sainsbury’s Music Buyer said: “Following on from the unprecedented success we’ve seen since adding vinyl to our offer in March, we’ve extended the range to give our customers even more choice. We’ve seen incredible sales from timeless classics such as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Fleetwood Mac, but also a more leftfield selection, like N.WA and The Smiths. By increasing the range, we can offer our customer a larger choice to enjoy in our stores.”
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post Oct 13 2016, 08:50 PM
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I didn't realise they were actually selling enough to warrant this.
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post Oct 13 2016, 09:00 PM
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The numbers aren't huge but I expect the profit margins are quite good.
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post Oct 13 2016, 10:20 PM
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It'll just mean even more vinyl is sold each year if it's available in more places!
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post Oct 13 2016, 11:42 PM
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81,000 records in 67 stores from March this year represents about 40 records per store per week, selling at £20 each.
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post Oct 13 2016, 11:49 PM
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They are impressive figures for a format that was essentially dead a few years back. The growth opportunity is huge considering so few people have record players at the moment.
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post Oct 14 2016, 07:05 AM
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The papers love a "records are a things again" story. Wouldn't it be nice though if the local shops stocked records by local acts instead of more and more re-issues?
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post Oct 14 2016, 08:22 AM
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QUOTE(richie @ Oct 14 2016, 07:05 AM) *
The papers love a "records are a things again" story. Wouldn't it be nice though if the local shops stocked records by local acts instead of more and more re-issues?


My nearest proper Sainsburys is in Pinner, so they could do both by getting some old Elton John albums in.
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post Oct 14 2016, 02:39 PM
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Interestingly, vinyl album sales in the US have started to fall back after several years of growth. As the UK tends to follow the same trends as the US could it be that the market for vinyl records will do likewise over here?

I can't find the article but it also said that almost 50% of people who buy vinyl albums never actually play them either because the person doesn't actually have anything to play them on or they are being bought simply as some sort of trendy purchase.
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post Oct 14 2016, 02:49 PM
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We have a big Sainsburys near here, which used to be a Savacentre and haven't seen any vinyl in there. Maybe soon then. They do have a good CD selection with quite a lot of back-catalogue albums. You can always get a chart album on release date there but it's touch and go in Asda as they take days to get them in sometimes.

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post Oct 14 2016, 02:56 PM
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QUOTE(Robbie @ Oct 14 2016, 03:39 PM) *
I can't find the article but it also said that almost 50% of people who buy vinyl albums never actually play them either because the person doesn't actually have anything to play them on or they are being bought simply as some sort of trendy purchase.


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post Oct 14 2016, 03:28 PM
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QUOTE(vidcapper @ Oct 14 2016, 03:56 PM) *
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Indeed! It's an expensive way of building a record collection, if the record isn't even getting played...

After a bit more searching I found the articles:

http://www.whathifi.com/news/48-people-who...sten-to-records

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-36027867
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post Oct 14 2016, 05:12 PM
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Also I've read that some collectors want to keep them in mint unplayed condition, even in shrink wrap still, in the hope that they may increase in value in many years to come.
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post Oct 14 2016, 06:10 PM
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I've never played any of my Feeder LP's. They are my favourite band so I collect everything I can get my hands on and want to part with my money so they continue to bring the chooons. They do look pretty though, so that's a bonus!
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