Princeton Merchants Association

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Princeton Record Exchange, Inc

Our Store:

We are located at 20 S.Tulane St. in historic, downtown Princeton, New Jersey, about one hour from New York City and Philadelphia. We are easily accessible by car, train and bus-see our directions and parking pages for details.
 
Our store has padded carpeting, wide aisles, bright lighting, and easy-to-browse racks of new and used Compact Discs, used LPs, and used DVDs housed in over 4,300 square feet of comfortable, air-conditioned space.
 
Princeton Record Exchange is staffed by friendly, knowledgeable experts in most areas of music and movies. Our customers are free to browse in a casual atmosphere; we won't attempt to sell you something you don't want.
 
Our Goal:
 
Princeton Record Exchange is dedicated to providing an alternative to the Mall, "Big-box", and online stores that have come to dominate the music and movie retailing world. We take pride in our low prices, the high quality of our merchandise, and the depth of our selection.
 
Our History:
 
After graduating from college in 1975, Barry, the owner, traveled to flea markets and college towns buying, selling, and trading records. He slept in his van and set up shop on street corners, college book stores ( Princeton's was one), or wherever he could find a space. Eventually tiring of life on the road, in 1980 he established our first store in Princeton, NJ. The throng of customers and massive amount of merchandise soon overwhelmed the small space, so, in 1985, we moved to our present location on S. Tulane St. with five times the retail area. Even so, we are usually packed to the rafters with music and movies. From humble beginnings Princeton Record Exchange has grown to be one of the largest independent music stores in the country.
 
Selling Used Compact Discs, Used LPs and DVDs to us:
 
Princeton Record Exchange has been buying music and movie collections for over twenty-five years. We have established a solid reputation as one of the leaders in the industry for buying used Compact Discs, sell DVDs, used LPs, video games, and other audio and video formats. We are also an active member in the Better Business Bureau and adhere to their standards of business practices. You can rest assured that you will be treated professionally.
 
We purchase thousands of collections every year-private collections, estate collections, reviewer/radio station surplus, and entire store inventories-no collection is too large!
 
We make selling Used Compact Discs, Used LPs and DVDs easy. To find out what we can pay for your Music and DVDs you may:
 
Call us at 609-924-3472 to discuss how to Sell Used DVDs, CDs or LPs with an appraiser, or
Bring your CDs, Records, and DVDs to our Princeton, NJ store, or
Describe your collection by visiting our Sell Used Compact Discs Online, Sell Used LPs Online or Sell DVDs Online.
Our Prices:
 
We discount almost all of our new merchandise, and, of course, our used merchandise is much, much cheaper. The serious collector will find that our prices, especially for rarities, are substantially less than most online stores, auction sites, and metropolitan record stores.
 
Our regular sections include new and used titles-about a 50/50 split. The new are almost all discounted, and we stock tens of thousands of used CDs priced under $9.00, thousands of used DVDs under $12.00, and tens of thousands of records at very reasonable prices-we need the quick turnover to make more space!
 
In our "Budget" sections (mostly used merchandise) we usually have in stock 20,000 CDs priced under $5.00, 4,000 DVDs under $5.00, and tens of thousands of records under $2.00.
 
Our Quality Control:
 
All our used compact discs, used DVDs and used LPs go through an intensive quality-control inspection before they are placed in the store for sale. Our LP inventory is protected by clear plastic jackets to prevent shopworn covers.
 
We guarantee our work; less than 1% of our used iCDs and LPs are returned. Why are we so fussy? So you'll want to visit us again!
 
We will give cash or store credit for defective or sealed gift returns up to two weeks from date of purchase when accompanied by a sales receipt.
 
Our Selection:
 
At Princeton Record Exchange, you won't waste your time looking through unwanted, scratched, or overpriced items. Our store buys CDs, LPs and DVDs through our vast buying networks, so we are able to bring you those out-of-the-way and lesser-known artists that you have been searching for.
 
We welcome you to come in and browse through over 60,000 new and used CDs, 10,000 dvds, and over 60,000 LPs. A much more extensive selection than most online stores-we're easier to navigate too!
 
New and Interesting Music selections daily
Our store buys thousands of music CDs, LPs and DVDs every week, so our stock is always changing.
 
Our Music Selection Includes: 
Rock Music, Jazz CDs & records, Classical CDs, Oldies (60s music & more), Audiophile CDs & records, Blues CDs & Albums, Old Music (50s & 60s Beach Music), and much more!
 
Our Movie Selection Includes: 
Disney DVDs, TV DVDs, Action DVDs, Horror DVDs, Foreign DVDs, Music DVDs, Comedy DVDs, Family DVDs & More Used DVDs.
 
Please Note: We do not currently list our inventory or sell online, mainly because our inventory changes greatly from day to day.
 
Genres of New and Used Compact Discs:
 
30,000 Rock Compact Discs
5,000 Jazz Compact Discs and Bebop CDs
10,000 Classical Compact Discs, including over 100 audiophile Recordings, many opera compact discs, opera used compact discs of recitals, 20th Century Compact Discs, Baroque Music CDs, Renaissance Music CDs, Chamber Music CDs, rare historical CDs and more
3,000 Alternative Compact Discs
2,000 Oldies Used Compact Discs
1,000 Soul Compact Discs, Funk Compact Discs, R&B Compact Discs
2,000 Hip Hop Compact Discs & Rap Compact Discs
Thousands of import Compact Discs & independent Compact Discs
1,000 Broadway Show Compact Discs as well as Soundtrack Compact Discs
500 Blues Compact Discs
400 World Music Compact Discs & International Compact Discs
300 Country Compact Discs
300 Folk Compact Discs
200 Personalities Compact Discs, Male & Female Vocal Compact Discs
Hundreds of Audiophile Albums (including Audiophile imports), Avant Garde Compact Discs, Beatles CDs, Bluegrass Compact Discs, Comedy Compact Discs, Electronic Compact Discs, Electronica Music Compact Discs, Gospel CDs, Gothic Used Compact Discs, Groove Compact Discs, Heavy Metal Compact Discs, Import Compact Discs, Indie Compact Discs, Latin Used Compact Discs, Motown Compact Discs, Psychedelic Compact Discs, Rare Compact Discs, Reggae Compact Discs, Techno Used Compact Discs, Trance Music CDs, Trip Hop Music CDs and much, much more!
20,000 new and used compact discs priced at $4.99 or less
Genres of New and Used LPs:
 
30,000 Rock Used LPs
5,000 Jazz LPs as well as Bebop Records
5,000 Classical LPs, including over 100 audiophile LPs, many opera records, opera LPs (recitals), 20th Century Records, Baroque Music, Renaissance Music, Chamber Music, rare records and more
2,000 Alternative Records
2,000 Oldies Used LPs, Soul LPs, Funk LPs, R&B LPs
Indie Music & independent records
Broadway Show Records & Soundtrack Records
Blues Records
World Music Records & International Records
Country Western Records
Folk Records
Personalities Used LPs, Male & Female Vocal Used LPs
Hundreds of Audiophile Records, Avant Garde Records, Beach Music Used LPs, Beatles Records, Bluegrass Records, Comedy Records, Electronic Records, Electronica Records, Gospel Records, Gothic Records, Groove Records, Heavy Metal Records, Import Records, Indie Records, Latin Records, Motown Records, Psychedelic Records, Rare Records, Reggae Records, Techno Used LPs and much, much more!
Over 20,000 used LPs from $1.00 to $1.99
Genres of New and Used DVDs:
 
We stock over 10,000 DVDs including criterion collection, comedy, disney, drama, family, horror, TV, and much more. Most of our used DVDs are priced at $12.99 or less. Our selection changes daily.
 
Rare LPs & rare used compact discs, From 50s to Now:
 
Princeton Record Exchange sells many near-mint and hard-to-find rare used LPs, from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s music and 90s music to the present including modern Jazz, Rock, Soul, Alternative, Punk, Classical recordings, and much much more.
 
Prices range from a few dollars up to reasonable collectors' prices. We also have many out-of-print compact discs.
 
Testimonials:
 
The New York Times on CD Stores
"Customers come from as far as Scotland and Japan or as close as around the corner. Since 1980, the Record Exchange here has flourished..."
 
The New York Times on Record Stores
"Over the years, the Princeton Record Exchange gained a following of local customers and obsessives from near and far Gene, who plays for a symphony orchestra in Ohio and drives over every few months; Ralph, who owns about 20,000 classical vocal records and takes the train from New Haven once a month..."
 
The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Here's the area's best source of offbeat used compact discs in all musical categories. The shop at 20 S. Tulane St. has arcane sources"
 
"Humble Princeton shop has become a legend among those with a passion for vinyl"
 
"What makes [Princeton Record Exchange] uncommon is its success during a time when independent stores everywhere are falling prey to the malling of America "
 
"The Princeton Record Exchange is one of the largest independent used-record stores in the world..its customers come from Germany, Australia, Japan and throughout the world."
 
"This shop is considered by many to have the largest LP collection on the East CoaSt. ."
 
The Newark Star Ledger
"The store excels in three criteria: offering a large selection; offering LPs in good to excellent, scratch-free condition; offering LPs at a reasonable price."
 
Billboard Magazine
" Princeton Record Exchange has gained a reputation as having one of the best collections of vinyl in the New York/Philadelphia corridor. With an inventory of more than 100,000, 90% of which are used, the store attracts avid collectors from as far away as Europe ."
 
"With both bargain hunters and serious collectors, the Princeton Record Exchange has established a secure niche for itself."
 
Wire Magazine -interview with James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem
"I grew up in basically a small farm town [in southern New Jersey ], and if it wasn't for the Princeton Record Exchange, I might as well have grown up in the armpit of the world...The Record Exchange saved my life"
 
Daily Princetonian: 
"The important thing is the LPs, of which there are enough to bewilder the casual browser, not only rock but jazz, shows, classical & other more esoteric categories.
 
Town Topics #1:
Music enthusiasts take note: if you continue reading this column, be prepared to spend freely and uncontrollably for hours on end at what is arguably the best independent record store in the region and among the best in the country.With that said, you might already be familiar with the drawing power of the Princeton Record Exchange and what it offers at 20 S. Tulane Street in downtown Princeton... [ click to continue ]
 
Town Topics #2:
"Collectors will find an extensive selection of quality & discontinued new and used LPs in every category at the Princeton Record Exchange."
 
Interested in reading more articles about the Princeton Record Exchange? Read more online.
 
Store Policies:
 
We guarantee new and used merchandise against physical defects, and allow sealed items to be returned within fourteen days. Click to read more about our Store Policies.
 
Videos of CDs, Vinyl for Sale and more at our New Jersey Music Store
 
Directions to Visit Us and Browse Our Used Compact Discs & Used LPs.
 
Please visit our direction pages to one of the best used Record Stores & Used CD Stores To Buy & Sell Used LPs and Used Compact Discs from New York City, NYC, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Connecticut, Boston, Philadelphia, Pennyslvania (Pa), Baltimore, Washington DC, Cherry Hill, Atlantic City, New Jersey Shore, Delaware, Trenton, Newark, NJ, Flemington, Somerville, JFK International Airport, New York La Guardia Airport, Newark Liberty Airport & Philadelphia International Airport.

Hours:
Mon.-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. 11am-6pm

20 South Tulane Street, Princeton, NJ 08542   609-921-0881   www.prex.com

 

PO Box 584   Princeton, NJ  08542        info@princetonmerchants.org

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