18 Oldham Street, Manchester M1 1JN
Opening Hours:Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00. Sundays 12:00-17:00
Telephone: 0161 228 1122
Nah can’t shift ’em mate”…”I’ll give you 15 quid for that lot”….”got any New Wave of British Heavy Metal?”….aha we must be in Vinyl Exchange, right there in the glittering Northern Quarter and probably the biggest second hand record shop in the North West. Open since 1988 Vinyl Exchange has a massive stock of pretty much every genre of music, spread over two floors. Upstairs you’ll find racks upon racks of CDs, indexed on cards for easy browsing, and down in the basement is the Vinyl department plus loads of DVDs. They have a particularly large collection of Experimental/underground music, Electronica, Dance and Indie so not your typical second hand junk.
They have stacks of serious collectors items here, rare promos, loads of deleted and out of print records, music books and memorabilia. The rare stuff is priced fairly, and you’ll also find plenty of cheap bargain bins to rifle through too so hardcore collectors and bargain hunters alike will find hours of fun here.
If you are one of those people who isn’t particularly happy to run a sort of pseudo mail-order business from your bedroom flogging your old records on Ebay, save yerself the price of a load of jiffy bags and take your unwanted tunes down here, they’ll help them find a good home. You’ll need ID if you want cash and bear in mind you’ll get a much better deal if you want to do a part-exchange (hence the name). Be warned, they’ll only take what they can re-sell so be prepared to have a very critical expert eye cast over your collection. If you’re lucky the ‘want’ pile will be bigger than the ‘take it down to Oxfam’ pile. The staff know their stuff so if they can’t shift it, its probably worth nowt. Suffice to say if it’s a CD copy of “Be Here Now” you’re probably better off making a novelty coaster out of it instead.
There is one heavily used listening post for the vinyl heads downstairs, generally unless quiet its not meant to be used for checking out your “bargain”finds. The staff will also play stuff for you if you ask nicely.