A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from April 20, 2018
“When you shop at a record store, you should know that all sales are vinyl”

Many stores (especially stores that sell used merchandise) have a no-return policy, “all sales are final.” A joke is that a used records store has a sign that says, “all sales are vinyl.”

“Your next stop might be around the corner, at the A-1 Record Shop, 439 East Sixth Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, where ‘all sales are vinyl’” was published in The Atlantic Monthly in December 1997. “When I start my retro record shop, I’m calling it ‘All sales are Vinyl’” was posted on Twitter on May 12, 2009.

“When you shop at a record store, you should know that all sales are vinyl” was posted on Reddit—Dad Jokes on April 20, 2018.


December 1997, The Atlantic Monthly, “All sales are vinyl” by Jonathan Scull, pg. 109, col. 1:
Your next stop might be around the corner, at the A-1 Record Shop, 439 East Sixth Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, where “all sales are vinyl.”

Google Groups: rec.audio.opinion
Vinyl in New York City
Jonathan Scull
4/12/00
Anonymouse writes:
>I am looking for advice on vinyl stores in Manhattan.  Please, let me know
>your opinions.

Let me refer you to the following link back to an article I wrote for the Atlantic Monthly called All Sales Are Vinyl, about shopping for the good stuff in the Village.

Things have changed a bit since ‘97, but most places are still there.

Twitter
Mathew Patterson
@mrpatto
When I start my retro record shop, I’m calling it “All sales are Vinyl”
9:36 PM - 12 May 2009

Twitter
Kevin Savetz
@KevinSavetz
Riddle from Z’s math homework tonight: Q: What’s the store policy at Plastic Mart?  A: All sales are vinyl.
11:47 PM - 1 Mar 2010

Twitter
Yakov (ykv)
@_ykv
The only thing I don’t like about buying used records is that all sales are vinyl.
2:40 PM - 26 Mar 2010

Twitter
Mr. Sarcastic Know-it-All
@smiteboy
At my hipster record store I have a strict no-return policy. All sales are vinyl.
8:25 PM - 16 Apr 2013

Twitter
Woody
@WoodyLuvsCoffee
If I worked in a used record store I would tell every customer “all sales are vinyl” until I was fired.
It would be worth it.
10:05 PM - 4 Nov 2016

Reddit—Dad Jokes
I want to get a job at a used record store… (self.dadjokes)
submitted November 16, 2016 by i_am_bighead
So I can tell every customer that all sales are vinyl.

Twitter
Crumbsworth
@MrCrumbsbody
If you own a record store, and don’t have a sign over the register that says ‘All Sales Are Vinyl”, what are you even doing with your life?
7:40 PM - 12 Nov 2017

Twitter
Jame Corley 👻
@monkbernardo
A record store where the sign above the counter reads “All sales are vinyl”
9:45 PM - 12 Jan 2018 from Dallas, TX

Reddit—Dad Jokes
When you shop at a record store, you should know that… (self.dadjokes)
submitted April 20, 2018 by Chtapodi
All sales are vinyl.

(Trademark)
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Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
Serial Number 87247598
Filing Date November 24, 2016
Current Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1B
Published for Opposition April 11, 2017
Registration Number 5371391
Registration Date January 2, 2018
Owner (REGISTRANT) Neprash, Cynthia C. and Neprash, Brian J. INDIVIDUAL UNITED STATES 414 Davis Road Durham MAINE 04222
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Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Friday, April 20, 2018 • Permalink