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    21 Things No One Ever Tells You About Collecting Vinyl

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    1. You will blow sooooooooooo much money on buying your records, and that's before you factor in your stereo and various accessories.

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    2. Like, you are going to splurge on vinyl so often that it will become a problem.

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    3. You'll inevitably buy a reissue and find out that it's mastered directly from a CD and sounds like garbage.

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    4. You'll realize that a lot of albums are less fun when you have to get up to flip sides or change records every three songs.

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    5. You will eventually feel the crushing disappointment of spending a lot of money on a record you wanted very badly, but getting home to find out it's warped.

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    6. A lot of things you will want on vinyl either don't exist in that format.

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    7. Or were made, but in extremely small numbers, making it almost impossible to find.

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    8. Or only came out in some far away land.

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    9. You'll feel compelled to joylessly buy records you don't even like much so you can have a complete discography on your shelf.

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    10. You will become well acquainted with the frustration of constantly losing eBay auctions at the last moment.

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    11. You'll spend an inordinate amount of time worrying that your stereo and your needle aren't good enough.

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    12. You will have to obsessively clean every used record you buy so you don't ruin your expensive-ass needle.

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    13. You will learn that your house was way, way more dust in it than you ever imagined.

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    14. You'll devote a lot of time to alphabetizing and categorizing.

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    15. You'll excitedly show people who visit your home your record collection, and feel a bit crushed when they aren't particularly impressed.

    16. You'll discover that you're sometimes too lazy to put on vinyl and play music on CDs or your computer instead.

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    17. You can look forward to older collectors treating you like a naïve moron when they learn you're new to collecting.

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    18. But you'll feel irrationally annoyed when you see someone buy an expensive but crappy new pressing of an album that is commonly found in used record bins.

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    19. You'll be vaguely annoyed by the idea of Whole Foods and Urban Outfitters selling vinyl even though it's not necessarily a bad thing.

    20. You'll end up spending a LOT of time staying in and listening to your records.

    21. But you'll be OK with that.