Nearly half of vinyl buyers don’t actually play their records, survey suggests

Seven percent of vinyl buyers polled admit they do not own a turntable

Nearly half of vinyl buyers do not actually play the records they purchase, according to a new survey.

Some 41 percent of vinyl buyers polled by ICM said they own a turntable which they do not use, while a further seven percent admitted that they do not even own a turntable.

The remaining 52 percent of respondents said they own a turntable which they do use, the BBC reports.


Meanwhile, half of those polled said they have streamed an album online before investing in a vinyl copy, suggesting that streaming may actually boost sales of the retro format.

The format’s resurgence – partly as a collective or decorative item, it seems – has continued recently with Sainsbury’s announcing plans to sell vinyl records for the first time since the 1980s.

From March 21, the supermarket chain has stocked a limited range of LPs by artists including David Bowie, The Beatles, Nirvana and Adele in 171 of its stores across the UK. Sainsbury’s now has more outlets selling vinyl records than any other UK retailer.

Tesco became the first UK supermarket chain to reintroduce LPs to its stores last year.

The format is also enjoying a revival in the US, where vinyl sales reached a 26-year high in 2015.

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