EASTHAMPTON/NORTHAMPTON, Mass (WGGB) –Not even a half hour after Dave Whitthaus opens Platterpus, his Easthampton store is already buzzing with customers leafing through albums.
Actual. Albums. “80% of what I sell now is vinyl. and that’s probably, percentage wise, more than the 30 years I’ve ever been in business even when vinyl was the medium, there were cassettes, and even a few 8-tracks, I’m that old to compete with it,” he chuckled.
In fact, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, in April, there were more than $177 million in LP sales in 2012, an 18% increase from 2011.
A similar surge is happening at Northampton’s Newbury Comics, where you can find everything from classic Nas, to new Daft Punk. The younger generation, responsible for all those record sales is explaining why they’re getting into it. “I’m interested in actually buying one myself too because my girlfriend said they’re kind of cool to have,” Andrew Gifford laughed. “I’m actually very interested in records, my parents own quite a few,” Katelyn Hyer shared. “It’s never really gone away entirely with collectors looking for things that they don’t have or better versions of things that they do have,” added Therrien Dolby, Newbury Comics’ Area Manager.
Clearer sound quality and collector’s booklets also add to LP’s appeal. “It’s a little hipstery now; I’m a genuine relic instead of just an old man. I’m an artifact,” Whitthaus chimed.
Both stores even stock their shelves with the most popular LPs when new albums are released on Tuesdays.
Both Whitthaus and Dolby say all these record sales are leaving CDs in the dust.
In comparison, one would think it would be the other way around with people clamoring to the record’s much younger 30-year-old cousin.
Considering records have been around since the late 1800′s, one might argue that they have a little bit of staying power.
Digital music sales still reign supreme. Last year, more than 1.4 digital singles alone were sold