Does anyone know of a web site (or shop) that buys old records?
My Grandfather recently passed away and in his stuff I found some old records. He was born in 1909, so the records are real old, I don't know what to do with them. He'd want something done with them (no not break them). I thought maybe they'd have some value to someone.
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
To a serious collector they could be worth quite a small fortune. You should look up record collecting on the Internet. Look for "rare records" "valuable records"
You aren't trying to reach the average joe and have him buy the records for $2. You are trying to find the serious buyers who will pay hundreds for one record.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
At first I was going to tell you not to bother. I have a lot of records from my mother-in-law from the 50's, 60's, 70's, and early 80's. They aren't worth posting on ebay as they only bring a few dollars each at the most. It's not worth the days of effort it would take to sort them out and post them and package them up and ship them. So we're storing them here.
But......what you have there should be valuable if they are pre-1950, at least in some cases. It seems to me that records have not gone up in value equitably with other antiques. I expect that in the future they may become more valuable.
My best advice is to check on some of the titles on ebay for awhile and see what's coming up valuable over time. "Valuable" depends on how much it's wanted. I have very rare antiques that aren't valuable simply because there aren't people out there that want them. I think the day will come when old records will become very collectible and what you have will suddenly become valuable, but until they become collectible they won't be as valuable as they should be. Make sense? It's just supply and demand. There has to be a short supply and a lot of demand for them to become valuable. They are in short supply, there's just no demand.....yet. I think one day old records will become collectible. I actually think that day is coming soon, as vinyls are actually making a comeback now.
In our case, I advised my mother-in-law to get a record player that works and enjoy those old records. They aren't bringing on the open market what their true value should be so she may as well hang onto them and enjoy them.
I think your grandfather might like the thought that you're listening to his old records once in awhile. Why not get an old record player, and on Thanksgiving play one or two tunes when family is around? Make a new family tradition that honors your heritage.