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Record Collectors despair as IKEA discontinues EXPEDIT shelving range

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While we had a good stab at the UK record, getting Underworld’s white vinyl limited edition onto their turntable in less than 12 hours, it still probably won’t be worth as much as Aphex Twin’s Syro special, of which only 200 copies were made to be distributed via ballot, many of which still found themselves being resold on Discogs for upwards of four times their original value within a matter of weeks.

It may have been limited and fiercely difficult to get hold of, but it wasn’t as limited as Wu Tang Clan’s Once Upon A Time In Shaolin box, which this year became the novelty record to end all novelty records – limited to just one copy.

Mr Zero Freitas, the Brazilian bus magnate who made the New York Times this year with the news that he might well be trying to buy all the records in the world.

With the turntable industry reacting at last to the fact that more records are being sold now than in recent memory, it was also the year in which the manufacturers chimed in with some good news of their own, America’s United Record Pressing (Jack White’s press of choice) announcing that it would be increasing operations by over 50%, while others like Disc Makers announcing a return to the format that they’d abandoned several years ago. As mapped recently in our interactive data feature on the world vinyl economy, 2014 was perhaps the year that people realised the longevity of this ‘revival’ is as much dependent on supply as demand.

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