A few months ago, I found out about the vinyl subscription service Vinyl Me, Please (VMP). Despite having pretty divergent musical tastes, I always felt like buying records was something “cool” that only people who do it on the regular know about. Because of this mindset, I’d never had any motivation to buy records on my own. I figured this would be a great chance to get records I wanted, with no effort.
I was right about that part. VMP is really well-designed; it’s easy to use and they send you exactly what you want (of whatever genres you select). Despite having an account for over two months, I haven’t had any issues getting my records as soon as they were announced. In fact, the only issue I had was that two of my friends wanted to move in on some of my selections and it took a few weeks to coordinate who’d get what.
The service is about $25/month for one record–which, let’s be honest, is a bit high. When you divide that out, however, it’s about the same price as what some people spend on records in a month. Magnolia Record Club is $27, so expect to see this price point across the board. If you find or are given records regularly, this might not be worth it for you–but if you’re like me and don’t care to get any of your own anyways, it’s an easy way to have more. I also want to add that the “VMP Exclusive” records, which are in a colored sleeve and obviously made specifically for subscribers, are usually pretty cool.
They need to make some tweaks though. I know a lot of people who’ve canceled their service because they were getting duplicates every month (two copies of the same LP). For someone like me, who didn’t really care about owning records in the first place, this wasn’t a big deal. But I can see why some people would feel frustrated by it.
They also need to add more variety to their selection–they tend to stick up hip-hop and indie records. This is when I started looking at Magnolia Record Club because they partner with a lot of artists with their latest albums featured. Their Olivia Rodrigo vinyl is what initially got my attention. I haven’t used their subscription service yet, but I’m going to try it out soon.
So, if you’re interested in getting records and don’t know where to start, this is a great place. If you already buy records all the time and want to add more variety than what other retailers offer, try out Magnolia Record Club or Vinyl Me, Please.