Compare Vinyl has been aggregating vinyl record prices since 2010. We are pretty much a one man operation, but enlisted the help of 1524 Interactive to redesign the site from the ground up in 2012. The site is built using Ruby on Rails and is hosted on the Heroku platform.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How do you obtain the data that is on your site?
Why do you bother showing the highest price for an album?
We do this to give you a quick idea of the pricing spread. This can clue you into whether there is an expensive limited edition grouped into the listings.
Why group deluxe editions in with non-deluxe editions?
Due to the inconsistencies in the way sites name products and the lack of a provided common identifier, it is hard to group albums and we do some manual merging every day. It's easy to tell by the prices which are likely to be fancy-pants editions and if you can't tell, just click all the price links to see...it beats searching separately on each site :)
Do you make money off of Compare Vinyl?
Yes, but not much. The site pays for itself, with a couple bucks left over each month, which we usually put into advertising.
How do you make money?
Affiliate marketing. if you click through and buy something from a site with an affiliate program, we get a small percentage of your purchase. It is all anonymous, so don't worry about us judging you for buying Abba's Greatest Hits :P
What tools did you use to build the site?
The new site looks awesome. Who did the site redesign?
The first version of the site looked like ass, but worked decently. The version you see today was a joint effort between us and the guys over at 1524 Interactive.