The Best Used CD Stores in Toronto
The best used CD stores in Toronto are hanging on despite the odds. While vinyl is experiencing a resurgence, CDs are going the way of the Betamax, the drive in movie, and those cylinder things Thomas Edison liked. The 1,000GB question is: will CDs ever make a come back? There's not much nostalgia lost right now on the hiccupy, easily scratched discs (like that time I bought a brand new Radiohead album and it skipped within the first ten seconds!) but maybe odes to the lost medium aren't that far off.
Until then, here are the best remaining spots to buy and sell CDs in Toronto.
Sonic Boom is a staple of Toronto's indie music community, and many an in store concert goes down there. Vinyl lovers know Sonic Boom boasts two awesome locations, but watch out - only the Annex location still buys and sells CDs. Let me know if you find a working copy of Hail to the Thief. Bonus - both locations have decent cassette selections. More »
She Said Boom does double time between books and music on College Street and in Roncevalles Village, and for over ten years both locations have done the music store and the bookstore thing right. Here's the deal on their CD game - College is DTB (down to buy), while Roncevalles rarely is since their stock is perpetually backed up - so be warned. More »
Another record store and book shop, Pandemonium in the Junction recently moved a couple blocks west down Dundas, and the new digs are both bigger and better. Pandemonium will take your CDs off your hands on the condition that they're not top 40, so you'll still have to take those Mariah Carey discs to the Goodwill on Runnymede. More »
Vortex is going strong at Yonge & Eglinton, and has been in business since the 70s, long before our parents could ever have dreamt up magic shiny musical discs. They deal in both used music and movies, and they'll take a look at your used CDs so long as they're not classical. If you're bringing in your goods, take some time to get lost in the stacks. More »
Blessed with the quirkiest name out of every Toronto music shop, Refried Beats is another Yonge Street hold out - they've been in the trade since 1992. Toronto's bargain hunters won't tell you about this place because they know it's a good spot to score deals - even on special editions and semi-rares - for both music and movies, including blu-rays. More »
Mike's Music is named after owner Mike Waite, who, if you'll allow me to get punny, is just waiting (ha) for you to come by and chat music with him. Located on the Danforth, the messy shop is warm and inviting. Best of all, it used to be a Sam the Record Man franchise. Ask about the chandelier, and check the antique store in the basement. More »
Around Again Records on Baldwin is a favourite for the city's bargain hunters and jazz collectors. Jazz, classical, and soul are their specialty, but used and re-issued classic rock, pop, metal, and punk albums make their way into the bins too. The well organized shop still deals in CDs, plus vinyl and some new and used audio equipment and accessories. More »
Neurotica on Queen West hails itself as an old school record shop, but you can find CDs, DVDs and blu-rays while digging around the crammed shop, and they'll look at your CD collection with enthusiasm. As of this posting, if you like Neurotica on Facebook you can receive 20% off everything in the store for life. Whoah, welcome to the future? More »
Amoroso Music near at Queen and University are more challenging than most of the entries on this list. If you want to sell CDs you'd better call first (416-591-1313), as they're in and out of the shop. Then, make sure you're only bringing in jazz and classical discs, and be prepared for them to get picky with your stuff. Check the vinyl bins while you're there. More »