Independently-owned record stores had something to celebrate on Saturday. As our Elyse Mickalonis tells us, store owners and employees say Record Store Day showcases why record sales are rising even in the age of digital sales.
NATIONWIDE -- Ask anyone at Music City in Vestal and they'll tell you nothing beats vinyl.
"If you take an old rolling stones record that came out in the 60's and compared it to a CD it would sound so much better than a CD that’s how it was recorded and meant to be played. And here we are today manipulating that digitally," said Benny Fiacco, Music City Owner.
Ryan Nickerson, Music City Employee, added, “It’s scratchy. It’s a nostalgia thing, a cool retro art thing, people who buy them put them up on the walls.”
The store celebrated Record Store Day with rows of records, many of which were half off.
“This is the first album I ever bought. This is the first Clash album,” said Greg Collins, Binghamton Resident. “Kids at home, listen to the first Clash album on vinyl only!”
Record store day helps get customers inside locally-owned stores that often compete with larger companies. A day about showcasing special CDs and records. And many were thrilled about vinyl versions of various artists.
“I’m a big record nut. After years of not having a record player I got one and
I’m obsessed with buying stuff I gave away,” said Collins.
Employees here say they've seen an increase in vinyl sales and a decrease in CD sales, but what makes today special is that some limited edition albums were released today only."
"It’s all limited edition, one-shot deal, highly collectable and high anticipated by record buyers,” said Fiacco.
Nickerson added, “Grandparents and parents who used to come in for 10, 11, 12-year-olds used to buy CDs and we’ve seen it changing, last Christmas easily 100 families came in with a list of records they wanted.”
A cool comeback for records that rock.