We're always on the lookout for new music to buy at Dusty Groove -- both new CDs and LPs, and older used vinyl records, 7" and 12" singles. Here's instructions on how to contact us (email@example.com) for both:
As a policy, we tend to only stock music we love, and music that we feel fits into our rather narrow format -- best summed up by the types of music you'll find on this website. We've got a policy here that if we don't like the music, we don't feel that we can sell it -- mostly on principle, but also because we review each item for the website -- and if we don't like a record, we can't write a good review!
That having been said, we've always got open ears for new titles -- and make it a point to listen to each and every promotional CD or LP we receive. If you have a title you think we would like -- please feel free to send it to the following address:
1120 N Ashland
Chicago, IL 60622 -- USA
Once received, the title will be listened to by one of our buyers, and if we like it, we'll contact you to arrange the direct purchase of copies for sale on the website. Please note that we receive dozens of promotional titles every week, and unfortunately, we don't have time to write to everyone -- and only make contact if we decide to stock a title. It sometimes takes us a few weeks to give a full analysis to a title -- after which point, we will contact the supplier or artist if we decide to stock it. At that point, we will purchase copies upfront, and will do whatever we can to support it on the website.
Additionally, please note that Dusty Groove does not accept CDs for consignment. To us, if a CD isn't worth paying for directly, it's probably not worth stocking -- so we do not handle any titles on consignment at all. Please do not send us unsolicited consignment shipments -- because they will not be handled at all.
Also note that if you send us a promotional copy of a title, that does not mean that we are obligated to stock the item -- nor does it mean that we are obligated to send it back to you.
Dusty Groove regularly purchases used LPs, 12", and 7" singles -- plus Used CDs -- from our customers -- and we've got a great reputation for paying top dollar for items in the genres we stock on this website. This includes jazz records, soul records, hip hop records, funk records, R&B records, blues records, Latin, French, gospel, classical, and many others.
If you are in Chicago, you can visit our store at 1120 N Ashland Ave, Chicago IL 60622 -- where we usually have a buyer on call during the hours 11am to 6pm, 7 days a week. However, if you are coming from out of town, or have a large collection to sell, then it's usually a good idea to call ahead so that we can make sure that we're ready for you. Also, if you want to sell to us at hours other than these regular buying hours, please phone us a few days in advance, so that we may schedule a buyer at a different time. Our number is 773-342-5800.
Additionally, we also make house calls and trips across the country for very large collections. Obviously, the cost of such a trip is not cheap -- so we really only do so for large or valuable collections -- but we'd be happy to discuss that with you if you feel that you have such a collection.
Also, we do purchase vinyl and CDs through the mail -- but it's kind of a tricky business, so pay attention to these details!
We make quotes in advance for any proposed records sold to us via the mail -- in a series of email exchanges that can serve as a record for both parties involved. However, in order for us to make the most accurate quotes on your items, it is important that we have as much information on hand as possible.
If you are serious about selling records to us through the mail -- you must first send us a list of the titles you have available, with the following details:
We will then respond to your list with a series of quotes on the items -- which you are free to accept or dismiss. If you agree to our offers, you must then send the records to us at your own expense for final confirmation of the stated conditions and pressing details. At that point, if all the items meet with your proposed grades and pressing details, we will pay you for the items -- either in the form of a check, a credit to your credit card, or a store credit at Dusty Groove. The choice is up to you, and we want to be as fair as possible -- the main thing is that we work out all details in advance, so that there's no surprises at the end of the transaction.