[Effective immediately, September 11th, 2019 — Underdog Records is having to take a break from most used purchasing. We have taken in so much used product over the past few weeks, at a time of year when our incoming cash flow is historically the lowest of the year — that we need to take a short break in order to a) work through some of the collections we’ve bought, as well as b) get our cash reserves built back up so we can continue buying high quality collections. If we’ve already discussed your collection on the phone or in person at the store, we’ll still take a look at your albums as promised. But to anyone else who is looking to sell more than approximately 50 albums at a time, we need to abstain for the next few weeks. At this moment, we are looking toward mid-October as being able to resume normal buying practices, but please refer back to this page, or give us a call at the shop, to check whether that schedule holds. Thank you for understanding.]
Underdog Records buys used vinyl directly from the public, no appointment necessary. Bring by your albums any time Underdog is open and I will go through your collection and make you an offer on the spot. Underdog makes a cash offer on all used buys, or store credit if you prefer (which is good for about 25% more). If you have an extra large quantity to bring in — say, more than a couple boxes/crates/tubs’ worth — please call first just to make sure we don’t have an in-store event going on that day or some other activity that may affect our ability to be able to process such a large collection on the fly.
Underdog doesn't have a set amount it offers on used albums; it will depend entirely upon what you have to offer. Quality of titles, and condition of both LPs & covers play a significant role. We typically pay 40-50% of what we hope to earn in re-selling your collection.
Underdog Records purchases almost exclusively vinyl LPs. We don't deal heavily in 45s though we're always willing to take a look, and don't currently offer any 78s in the shop.
When you bring your collection to Underdog, the process usually goes as follows: I'll go through your offering of albums, pulling out titles of greatest interest and a few other random titles to condition check. If condition is consistent on those, I use that as a guide to the assumed condition of the bulk of the rest of the collection, and usually try to put together an offer for your entire collection, not just a cherry pick offer. Depending on the familiarity of your albums (whether they’re titles I’m accustomed to seeing or whether there is more avant-garde/seldom scene titles), and quantity, this can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour or so. Most purchases are done in less than half an hour but please allow for extra time on busier shop days (like Saturdays) or collection size.
Underdog is a full service record store and purchases across a multitude of genres and eras, focusing primarily on late 50s -> modern day and genres including rock, soul/r&b, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, metal, punk, blues, etc. Some common genres that we have to typically turn down include show tunes & musicals, big band, 12” singles, easy listening (Ferrante & Teicher, etc.), & classical. Underdog will purchase SOME classical LPs depending on condition and labels, but we are often overstocked and many go directly into our $1 bin or are donated.
As I like to tell everyone interested in selling their albums: err on the side of caution and bring us EVERYTHING. The albums that folks oftentimes think Underdog won't be interested in might be the ones we'd be interested in the most. Don't assume something has to be familiar and/or popular to be worth buying. Underdog has a broad and diverse customer base and we're not looking for only household names.
UNDERDOG ALSO PURCHASES YOUR OLD STEREO EQUIPMENT.
Turntables, phono receivers, and speakers are of greatest interest. Speakers and receivers/amplifiers must be in complete working order to buy but I may be able to work something out if a turntable needs minor repair (belt replacement, cartridge replacement, some other minor tweaks). We typically do not buy turntables with busted or missing dust covers. All receivers/amplifiers must have a phono input. We also prefer receivers from the 70s with the ‘classic’ look — tuner dial, lights, etc. They simply sell better. We rarely purchase 80s/90s digital receivers unless we are low on inventory. Speakers are our slowest movers so please call before bringing any speakers to the store to sell. We buy both bookshelf and floor-standing speakers.
Underdog does not purchase memorabilia at this time. For example: vintage tee shirts, show posters, signed items besides albums, etc. I might be willing to trade on some items of this nature but will be entirely on a case-by-case basis.
Underdog's hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 am - 7 pm. However, please be aware that we stop used purchasing an hour before closing except for very small purchases. There is FREE PARKING at Underdog Records so don't be scared off by our downtown address! We are located directly across the street from a large gravel parking lot, in which you can park for free, and there is extra parking behind our building if that lot is full (which rarely occurs). I am more than happy to come out and help you bring your albums in to facilitate your purchase. You can also pull up to the curb in front of the store to unload before parking your vehicle. Underdog is also located two doors down from a great restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Lighthouse Restaurant) if you'd like to grab an iced tea or something to eat while I'm compiling you an offer. There is also a coffeeshop around the corner from us (a short two minute walk to West End Coffeehouse), a bakery across the street, West End Cafe just around the way (another great lunch option), or several bars in the area depending on the time of day you come.
Have more than you can bring to the store or don't live near enough by? Give the store a call at 336-893-7293 and I'll be glad to try and arrange a time to come to you to look through your collection. Please be aware that I man the shop all open hours and cannot setup house calls on Sundays, so my only availability is Mondays, or else some weekday mornings if you live near enough to the shop to still be able to make it in time to open at normal 11 AM.
As always, if you have any questions at all, give the shop a call (336-893-7293). Underdog looks forward to the privilege of going through your album collection.