SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 31, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- eBay, one of the world's largest and most dynamic marketplaces, is coming together with Record Store Day (RSD), the organization behind the country's largest annual celebration of independent record stores, to uplift thousands of record shops across the country at a time when it matters most. Normally a single-day music event, RSD has instead created a series of drops between now and the end of October, each of which featuring a curation of musical legends and shining new stars sourced directly from expert record stores with deep knowledge of the industry. Starting today, shoppers can explore the first drop and know their patronage is supporting a small business.
"This year, I've been amazed as I watch record stores react to the world around them and shift their business model to include online sales as a way to reach their customers where they are — which is mostly at home — and continue to provide them with entertainment, distraction and fun, while keeping their own important small business afloat," said Carrie Colliton, Carrie Colliton, a Record Store Day co-founder. "eBay has been a great way for stores to grow and expand their reach."
"We look for every opportunity to support small business on eBay, especially right now as they adapt to these challenging times," said Chelsea Walsh, Senior Category Manager, Media & Musical Instruments. "Our partnership with Record Store Day comes at the ideal moment when we can help elevate independent record stores and bring them new customers, all while celebrating music and vinyl collecting."
Record Drops from Small Businesses
Vinyl collecting has seen a massive resurgence in recent years, and eBay's 182 million active buyers worldwide — coupled with RSD's following among music lovers and business owners — make for a curated online shopping event unlike any other. With nearly 400 titles spread over the three RSD drop dates, including albums from Billie Eilish, David Bowie, the Notorious B.I.G., Fleetwood Mac, Miles Davis and many more, there are records for every musical taste. The RSD drops schedule and release highlights are as follows:
This collaboration comes at a time when record stores and other small businesses are adapting to the unforeseen impacts of COVID-19. While some businesses adopt curb-side pickup or delivery services to stay connected, others turn to ecommerce and marketplaces like eBay.
Karl Groeger, president of Looney Tunes Record Store and participant in the upcoming RSD event, said the following of his experience using the platform: "The last few months for our 49-year-old brick and mortar store have been difficult, to say the least, dealing with the complications of the coronavirus. Our saving grace has been our eBay store. Our online business has skyrocketed from 15% of our business in 2019 to now over 35%! We would love for our customers to pop into our store but if they can't, check out our eBay store - we really don't know where we would be today without it."
Celebrating Records with Vinyl Week
eBay is also celebrating the third-annual Vinyl Week starting September 28 at eBay.com/vinylweek. The special "vinyl obsession" shopping moment will include a series of exclusive collections sourced from RSD-pledged stores, including rare finds and staff picks offered by participating shops. Further, there will be two additional special events that week: One including a sale of top albums, each of which accompanied by a free three-month Tidal subscription, and another in partnership with MusiCares to offer a curated auction with all proceeds benefiting the charity.
These small business-focused events come on the heels of eBay's efforts to provide resources and relief to entrepreneurs navigating impacts of the coronavirus. In the initial months, eBay launched its "Up & Running" program which focused specifically on retailers without an online presence to help them reach new customers through ecommerce — today, tens of thousands of small businesses have joined eBay to sell through the program. Looking ahead, the marketplace continues to identify opportunities to elevate and educate sellers turning to online marketplaces as part of their business operations.
eBay by the Numbers
eBay Inc (NASDAQ: EBAY) is a global commerce leader including the Marketplace and Classifieds platforms. Collectively, we connect millions of buyers and sellers around the world, empowering people and creating opportunity for all. Founded in 1995 in San Jose, California, eBay is one of the world's largest and most vibrant marketplaces for discovering great value and unique selection. For more information about the company and its global portfolio of online brands, visit www.ebayinc.com.
About Record Store Day
Record Store Day, the organization, is managed by the Department of Record Stores and is organized in partnership with the Alliance of Independent Media Stores (AIMS), the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) and promotes independent record stores year-round with events, special releases and other fun things.
Record Store Day, the global celebration of the culture of the record store, has taken place annually in April. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 13th annual Record Store Day will be replaced by RSD Drops, three separate title drop dates set to take place on three Saturdays in the 4th Quarter of 2020: August 29th, September 26th and October 24th.
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