Bop Street Records

★★★☆☆

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My wife and I were amazed by the overwhelming collection of vinyl at Bop Street Records. It really would be possible to spend the whole day (or weekend) browsing their records. Severe disappointment sets in, however, when you happen upon treasures that you've been seeking for a long time only to find an outrageous price tag (or no price tag) on the item.

I was particularly frustrated by how few of the records had been priced. I mean, come on! If the store has been around since 1974, you think that they would have been able to put prices on their stock. Unfortunately, they have not. This leads to the highly uncomfortable situation of asking an employee to quote a price for you. The price quoted is almost always $10 or more, which is quite ridiculous when you are looking for Henry Mancini, Jackie Gleason, Burt Bacharach, et al.

If the staff were to visit another record store (something I highly recommend, btw) they may be shocked to learn that easy listening records are usually sold at bargain basement prices (i.e. 50 cents). B.S. Records (couldn't resist) would be more successful and, undoubtedly, more profitable if it began to put reasonable price tags on ALL of their stock, and created a bargain bin where customers could truly relish in the glory of their unearthed treasures. Until that time, we will not return to this record store. What a shame...

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★☆☆☆☆

My wife and I were amazed by the overwhelming collection of vinyl at Bop Street Records. It really would be possible to spend the whole day (or weekend) browsing their records. Severe disappointment sets in, however, when you happen upon treasures that you've been seeking for a long time only to find an outrageous price tag (or no price tag) on the item.

I was particularly frustrated by how few of the records had been priced. I mean, come on! If the store has been around since 1974, you think that they would have been able to put prices on their stock. Unfortunately, they have not. This leads to the highly uncomfortable situation of asking an employee to quote a price for you. The price quoted is almost always $10 or more, which is quite ridiculous when you are looking for Henry Mancini, Jackie Gleason, Burt Bacharach, et al.

If the staff were to visit another record store (something I highly recommend, btw) they may be shocked to learn that easy listening records are usually sold at bargain basement prices (i.e. 50 cents). B.S. Records (couldn't resist) would be more successful and, undoubtedly, more profitable if it began to put reasonable price tags on ALL of their stock, and created a bargain bin where customers could truly relish in the glory of their unearthed treasures. Until that time, we will not return to this record store. What a shame...

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This was by far the coolest record store i've ever been to. The owner has such a passion for music and can find exactly what you need even if you dont have the album name. Its easy to find the record your looking for and there is probably atleast 5 copies to choose from. I dig it there! and they have shows on the weekend.

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★★★★★

This was by far the coolest record store i've ever been to. The owner has such a passion for music and can find exactly what you need even if you dont have the album name. Its easy to find the record your looking for and there is probably atleast 5 copies to choose from. I dig it there! and they have shows on the weekend.

Pros: TONS of records, Locally owned, Good music playing & will play the record you want to buy.

Cons: Hard to find.

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As far as a repository of vinyl, no other store in Seattle comes even close to touching Bop Street. It's truly an impressive store, housing two floors of simply an amazing amount of vinyl. If you buy vinyl, this place will get you truly excited, especially if you have never visited the store before.
But unfortunatley, Bop Street Records, upon closer inspection, is extremely disappointing as well as annoying. First, and most importantly, the prices are extrodinarily high. So high, in fact, that after only a few minutes in the store, one might actually find oneself chuckling at some of the prices. If you shop for vinyl often, as I do, one can easily find records seen in recent weeks selling for say, 38 bucks, that often sell for $4 in other stores around town. Second, much of the vinyl has not been priced. Therefore, one has to request one of the employees to provide a price. This barter-style atmosphere is really uncomfortable and annoying, and obviously favors the store. Trust me, once you've asked how much some of the music is, you may just wish you had never asked once quoted some astronomically high prices.
Truth is, I'd really frequent this store quite often if the prices ever fell to earth anytime soon, which is highly unlikly. As it is now, I can say I've been to this store twice ever since living here 11 plus years and I don't see myself stepping foot inside Bop Street anytime soon. Save the bartering for flee markets, not record stores.

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★☆☆☆☆

As far as a repository of vinyl, no other store in Seattle comes even close to touching Bop Street. It's truly an impressive store, housing two floors of simply an amazing amount of vinyl. If you buy vinyl, this place will get you truly excited, especially if you have never visited the store before.
But unfortunatley, Bop Street Records, upon closer inspection, is extremely disappointing as well as annoying. First, and most importantly, the prices are extrodinarily high. So high, in fact, that after only a few minutes in the store, one might actually find oneself chuckling at some of the prices. If you shop for vinyl often, as I do, one can easily find records seen in recent weeks selling for say, 38 bucks, that often sell for $4 in other stores around town. Second, much of the vinyl has not been priced. Therefore, one has to request one of the employees to provide a price. This barter-style atmosphere is really uncomfortable and annoying, and obviously favors the store. Trust me, once you've asked how much some of the music is, you may just wish you had never asked once quoted some astronomically high prices.
Truth is, I'd really frequent this store quite often if the prices ever fell to earth anytime soon, which is highly unlikly. As it is now, I can say I've been to this store twice ever since living here 11 plus years and I don't see myself stepping foot inside Bop Street anytime soon. Save the bartering for flee markets, not record stores.

Pros: amount of music

Cons: prices are extremely high, no prices on lots of music

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If you are an avid music fan and truly know what is good and what is not, you should go to this music store. Since I do not know a lot about which albums might be worth it to get, I get confused digging through the piles looking for something I know. If you like negotiating, you can get good deals, but I like to save the hassle and go to somewhere more organized.

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★★☆☆☆

If you are an avid music fan and truly know what is good and what is not, you should go to this music store. Since I do not know a lot about which albums might be worth it to get, I get confused digging through the piles looking for something I know. If you like negotiating, you can get good deals, but I like to save the hassle and go to somewhere more organized.

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If you are a vinyl-head, then you need go no further than Bop Street Records on Ballard ave to get your jones. I took some visitors from France there (record collectors) and they practically weeped for joy. The owner really knows his stuff and is just as interested in bending your ear about his adventures as selling you something, which is pretty damned refreshing.

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★★★★★

If you are a vinyl-head, then you need go no further than Bop Street Records on Ballard ave to get your jones. I took some visitors from France there (record collectors) and they practically weeped for joy. The owner really knows his stuff and is just as interested in bending your ear about his adventures as selling you something, which is pretty damned refreshing.

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my boyfriend loves to collect records, especially jazz. for his birthday, i decided to surprise him and show him i knew a little bit about records. i headed out to bop street records, and indicated my lack of expertise in the subject of purchasing vinyl. i received the service and attention i needed by an informative employee, who guided me to the jazz section. although i was slightly overwhelmed by the number of records available, my new friend/employee provided a reassuring smile, helped me make a smart selection. let's just say my boyfriend is now my fiance. thanks bop street.

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★★★★☆

my boyfriend loves to collect records, especially jazz. for his birthday, i decided to surprise him and show him i knew a little bit about records. i headed out to bop street records, and indicated my lack of expertise in the subject of purchasing vinyl. i received the service and attention i needed by an informative employee, who guided me to the jazz section. although i was slightly overwhelmed by the number of records available, my new friend/employee provided a reassuring smile, helped me make a smart selection. let's just say my boyfriend is now my fiance. thanks bop street.

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On the surface, Bop Street might look like your typical independent used & new record store. But descend the short darkish staircase into the basement, and you'll find a whole other animal. I'm told their collection of vinyl is of world record holding proportions. Dave's collection of Beatles and Stones on vinyl alone is enough of a reason to check this place out. If you're not a vinyl junkey, that's ok. There's plenty to satisfy your fancy upstairs. The knowledgeable owner and his workers can make some fabulous recommendations if you're looking for something new. They occasionally have fantastic in-store performances.

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★★★★★

On the surface, Bop Street might look like your typical independent used & new record store. But descend the short darkish staircase into the basement, and you'll find a whole other animal. I'm told their collection of vinyl is of world record holding proportions. Dave's collection of Beatles and Stones on vinyl alone is enough of a reason to check this place out. If you're not a vinyl junkey, that's ok. There's plenty to satisfy your fancy upstairs. The knowledgeable owner and his workers can make some fabulous recommendations if you're looking for something new. They occasionally have fantastic in-store performances.

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