Discogs shares 2017 data and sales trends, surpasses 10M units sold, nearly 8 million on vinyl

Discogs shares 2017 data and sales trends, surpasses 10M units sold, nearly 8 million on vinyl

Things may look bleak for CDs in the retail sector, but there may never have been a better time than now to hawk your gently-used, jewel-cased copy of Rancid’s …And Out Come the Wolves directly to a stranger on the Internet.

At least that’s one of several stories told by the Discogs 2017 Year-End Report, which the enormous record nerd swap-meet site released, naturally, just last week on Valentine’s Day. (What’s more romantic than releasing sales trend data??? Not much!)

The report reveals there was a 28.39% growth in sales of CDs through the site — and further, that Discogs had a record year in 2017, with over 10 million releases sold through the site. This represents a slightly more than 20% increase in overall sales over 2016.

Nearly 8 million releases sold in the Discogs marketplace were vinyl, an 18.81% increase over 2016.

Cassettes had the greatest growth of any format, with 29.54% over 2016.

If all these numbers and percent symbols are getting you turned on, just you wait: the entire Discogs report can be read here. But WARNING: its contents may be NSFW.

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