Pricing: Self-explanatory. If it’s priced relatively nice. Most used LPs in the store should be $5 or less for a general commonly available LP (Earth Wind & Fire, Elton John). $5-$10, for a lesser know, but still relatively common LP (Parilament, James Brown), and $10-$15 for lesser known and less common LPs (LeRoy Hutson, Leon Thomas, Rastus).
Organization: How, or if the genres are separated, whether or not they’re alphabetized, and if the bins are at waist level or below the waist level (usually the place where the cheap records or genres less sought by the store’s clientele are kept).
Listening Stations: Being able to listen to used records in the store on a store provided turntable, preferably, not having to give up a DNA swab in order to use it (some stores make you give ID to use the needle…).
Accessibility: Good parking, storefront (not inside a larger mall), easy to move around inside, hours (Open early, close late, open on Sundays)
Discounts: Good stores have promotional sales, discounted or clearance records, cheap or value bins/$1 bins.
Staff: good stores have staff that know about the music you’re interested in. They can make suggestions of other stuff to check out.
Those are the 8 categories, and every store listed gets 1 point for having that characteristic or nothing if they don’t. 8 is the maximum score.
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