Record Store Day Fallout 2017: How Much Those Exclusives Will Now Cost You Online
We combed listings from scumbags on Discogs and eBay so you don't have to
Published Apr 24, 2017This past weekend, Record Store Day celebrated a decade of exclusive vinyl releases, early morning lineups and feverish consumerism with its 10th annual event. As is inevitably tradition after the celebration of wax, many who braved the crowds at brick-and-mortar retailers across the world have turned to the Internet to flip their RSD finds online for unreasonable prices.
In crawling through pages upon pages of eBay and Discogs listings, we've pulled a few of the unfortunate highlights together below. Of course, all prices identified are in Canadian dollars and do not account for shipping costs.
Among the most sought-after releases were a number of platters from a pair of legends who left us far too soon: David Bowie and Prince. When it comes to the Thin White Duke, an eBay seller is trying to hawk the single-sided Bowpromo and its set of prints for upwards of $230, while the record starts at $73 on Discogs.
Bowie's 3xLP live disc Cracked Actor is also fetching a pretty penny on eBay with one user looking for over $337 for the entire set. That's almost $110 per LP. You would be smarter to try your luck on Discogs, where copies start at around $70.
As for the Purple One, the 7-inch picture disc featuring "Little Red Corvette" backed with "1999" is the priciest of his RSD releases, with copies on both Discogs and eBay fetching upwards of $80. If you can't wait to get the bulk of the singles, one seller is offering up a four-pack of them for $162.
Those looking to get in on some box set action are also being forced to pay some hefty prices. A copy of Dave Matthews Band's Live at Red Rocks box set can be had for $337 ($208 on Discogs), while a collected box set of the Goo Goo Dolls' first five studio albums is going for $297 ($134 on Discogs). The Ramones' singles box, collecting works from 1976 to 1979 on 7-inch records, starts at $202.66 on eBay and $121 on Discogs, which is not punk at all.
Though there were plenty of releases this year that had consumers asking, "Is this a joke?", the prices are certainly no laughing matter. Toto's Africa-shaped picture disc of "Africa," which topped our list of the Worst Record Store Day Releases in 2017, is listed on eBay for $129, while prices for the single on Discogs start at $51.
For those looking to indulge in some Eurodance with Aqua, the band's full-length Aquarium can be found for $86 on eBay, while the "Barbie Girl" 7-inch will run you $43. If you're looking for every single coloured variant of Corey Feldman's "Go 4 It" single (including a test pressing), you can collect what this seller calls a "piece of vinyl history" here for $304.
And because Record Store Day isn't strictly about wax anymore, a limited-edition Star Wars-themed Crosley turntable can take your listening experience to a galaxy far, far away for $243. If you're in search of some limited storage for your RSD haul, Run the Jewels' tote bag is also available for a whopping $128.