If you’re lucky enough to live in Auckland, then you can go to one of the world’s great record shops. The slog up Queen St to Real Groovy is one of my favourite Auckland rituals. When I was growing up in Hamilton, no trip to the big smoke was complete without stocking up on vinyl in RG (“OH MY GOD they’ve got ALL The Pixies’ Eps! AND The Smiths! Shit-shit-shit.”).
Their website now offers one of the coolest services I can think of. Just get an account with them, enter all the names of the bands you like into the ‘Secondhand Music Faves’ section, and Viola! You can track the rare and wonderful second hand goods that your fellow RG patrons have cashed in on. And order them right from your desk.
Cool. But dangerous.