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VNYL Subscription Box Review – June 2015

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VYNL Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Box

VNYL is a new, invite only, and pretty interesting subscription service for record collectors. When you are invited to sign up for this service, you fill out a pretty lengthy profile that includes not only your likes and dislikes, but also links to all of your profiles on digital audio services such as Spotify and Sound Cloud. They then ask you to choose a “#VIBE,” which is an activity that you would like them to select the music for, such as studying or pool party. They then select 3 used albums and send to you based on all these criteria. My mind was kind of blown by this concept, and since the first month was free, I decided to give it a try!

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VYNL Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Inside

The Subscription Box: VNYL

The Cost: First month free, $32 per month (free shipping) after that

The Products: Three used records chosen by a curator specifically for you, based on your profile, other digital audio services profiles, and selected “#VIBE” for that month

Ships to: US only

VYNL Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Note

This is a note from my curator, Ace. He’s totally cute! Cuteness aside, I love that he is holding the three albums they sent me in this picture! It says:

“Hey Anna! You’ve got a guitar-heavy cooking session ahead of you. Of the three records we’ve pulled, my personal favorite is the Ten Years After record, followed very closely by the White Snake album. That and the BTO album definitely have some kick. Hope you dig! Peace – Ace”

(By the way, I chose #COOKING as my “#VIBE.”)

VYNL Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Ten Years After

A Space in Time by Ten Years After

This is definitely my favorite of the three albums that VYNL sent to me, too! I actually wanted this album, so this is a big win for me! This album is from 1971, and the single they always play on classic rock radio stations is “I’d Love to Change the World.” Score!

VYNL Subscription Box Review - June 2015 Whitesnake

Whitesnake – Self-Titled

I actually laughed when I pulled this album out of the box! Ace may be cute, but he is clearly much younger than me! I say that because if anyone my age ever wanted this album, believe me, they already own it. This album was HUGE back in the day (1987)! Unfortunately, this album is not for me. While it’s true that I do like hard rock, I don’t like heavily produced sound – I prefer a bit more fuzz.

VYNL Subscription Box Review - June 2015 BTO

Four Wheel Drive by Bachman-Turner Overdrive

Sadly, this album was also a miss for me, but I can totally see what my curator was going for with this selection from 1975. I think most people enjoy BTO’s iconic tune, “Takin’ Care of Business,” at least on some level. To me, however, most of their music is too repetitive to enjoy for an entire album, and I don’t like most of their lyrics. Lots of people really love this album, though, and it’s a closer fit to my style of music, so it was a nice try!

Verdict: I have pretty mixed feelings about VNYL at this point!
My first criteria for this service is: Did they send used records that are clean and have no skips, and are the covers / sleeves reasonably intact? The answer to that is yes, across all three albums, they arrived in good to great condition, clean and with no skips.

My second criteria is: Did they choose records that I like? In this case they only scored 1 out of 3. I could see why my curator would have picked these records for me, though, and since the first month was free, I decided to add more things to my likes and dislikes for next month, change my “#VIBE,” and give it another try.

My third criteria is: Value. This month was free! Awesome! Next month will be $32. That’s a perfectly reasonable price for three used records plus shipping plus curation, so I think the value overall should be good as long as I like the records next month.

The only other thing I need to say about this subscription is that their website keeps everything kind of a mystery. I signed up for the first month because it was free, but I wasn’t really sure what I would be getting or what the terms were until after my first month had been sent! I think this is a coolness / intrigue tactic, but I also think they are keeping away a lot of potential subscribers by not being completely clear and forthright.

What do you think of VNYL?

Written by Anna Rodriguez

Anna Rodriguez

Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn’t become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.
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16 Comments

  1. I singed up, but not sure I got the first month free? There is a pending charge for $32 on my credit card, but the conformation said $0. So. Confused.

    • Yeah, I know. It’s confusing. Hi Lindsay! You can email them at hello@vnyl.com, and they also have twitter and fb accounts. Hope this helps! Anna

      • I contacted VNYL after subscribing and was told that the first month is NOT free

        • Wow, that’s so strange. My receipt said $0 and I was never charged! When you ordered, did it not say $0 at check-out? I will contact them and find out what the deal is.

      • Thanks, Anna! I actually contacted them at hello@vnyl.org, and they said no go on the first month free. Alas. BUT, the lady I emailed with was super nice and helpful. I’m still pretty excited about this one.

  2. A Space in Time is one of my all-time favorite albums, too! This looks like a great shipment.

  3. So glad you reviewed this one! It looks crazy! I might have to try it now.

  4. Were these represses, or used records? I ask because the sleeves on a couple of them, while in very good condition, do not look new.

    • Hi Kate! No, these are definitely used records. Thanks!

  5. Um, not to date myself, but I actually bought that BTO album when it first came out — and I think I still have it somewhere. . .

  6. Every time I think of Whitesnake, I think of the “Here I go again” video with Tawney Kitaen. Google that one, youngsters. 🙂

    • LOL!

    • Hey I’ve heard of it (and like to rock out to the song when it’s on the radio)! Some people do need to listen to some classic music, a coworker said today that when he was at Bonnaroo this weekend someone hadn’t heard of Prince because she was born in the 90s!

      • OMG who hasn’t heard of Prince?! That’s nuts! Lol

        • We’ve been in a lot of waiting rooms the past 6 months or so. My 16 year old son loves quizzing me on the music of my youth which is now waiting room music. He never hear of Prince either.

          • That’s just wrong!

            Then again, I was at an event this weekend where an a capella group performed. They said they were going to do a song called “Sledgehammer” and I thought wow, that’s a weird choice – thinking the Peter Gabriel song – nope! Felt very, very old….

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