You’ve read all about the "vinyl revival”. You’ve heard about how physical sales are outperforming downloads. You’ve seen loads of new record shops open their doors in the past few years. All sounds pretty rosy right?
Well, yeah, it is in many ways. It’s certainly a long way from the doom and gloom record stores were facing ten years ago, when all the focus was on digital, shops were going under weekly and the outlook was rather bleak for independent record retail.
It’s true that the renewed interest and investment in vinyl has offered indie record shops a new lifeline and has given us a valid position on the high street again. However, we are facing a whole new world of challenges and pressures: the rising costs of rent, rates, wages, pensions and stock, the increasing level of competition from those wanting to jump on the bandwagon and competition from within our own sector.
As independent record shops, we all operate entirely individually. This has many advantages in that we all offer a completely different experience, range of stock, atmosphere and set of knowledge. We’re not governed by politics and don’t answer to investors, so we’re able to remain true and authentic. We wanted to establish something that allows us to work together more as a united front, celebrating our strengths and differences whilst connecting and bonding us for a common cause.
With that in mind, we stopped just talking about it, got our shit together and established DINKED.