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themetaldetektor.com is a great starting place, and I also buy from bands and labels on Bandcamp.
Whatever you're looking for can be easily found here. It wouldn't be a bad idea to search eBay first if you don't mind a second hand copy, the advantages of which are that people tend to auction multiple items at once, and some of them when these collections go on sale tend to be out of print. If you're just looking for new stuff, themetaldetektor.com will show you just about every online distributor under the sun that has a copy. Some have better prices than others, but that may not be the only factor, as some have better selections than others as well if you're looking for more than one item. It takes some digging to figure out which ones you like best, but that's just like music, isn't it?

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ebay is pretty much the only online place I bother looking. It's just so much cheaper than other places I've looked at, and most albums I want are there, new, often with multiple sellers and I just pick the cheapest. A lot of places I buy from on ebay have free postage too. For old school classics it's impossible to beat really because you can pick em up for under ten bucks including postage. 

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ebay is pretty much the only online place I bother looking. It's just so much cheaper than other places I've looked at, and most albums I want are there, new, often with multiple sellers and I just pick the cheapest. A lot of places I buy from on ebay have free postage too. For old school classics it's impossible to beat really because you can pick em up for under ten bucks including postage. 
It's a pretty great resource. I use it a lot myself, sometimes even to order from labels that you could buy from direct. Red Stream Records, for example, is a great label/distro that has been around for years, but their online interface is clunky and cumbersome to use. Whenever I order from them, I always do so through the eBay interface because it's so much easier than their site.

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3 hours ago, BlutAusNerd said:

It's a pretty great resource. I use it a lot myself, sometimes even to order from labels that you could buy from direct. Red Stream Records, for example, is a great label/distro that has been around for years, but their online interface is clunky and cumbersome to use. Whenever I order from them, I always do so through the eBay interface because it's so much easier than their site.

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I used to order from Redstream all the time about 15+ years ago. It's a great website, I love it.

I went back there a few weeks ago and was pleased to notice that the interface is exactly the same. I searched for a few things I was interested in and was disappointed to find a lot of stuff was out of stock. I actually bought my Mayhem hoodie from Redstream in about 2003. Good times. There's a tonne of great, obscure, black metal albums for supercheap. I haven't ordered from them in over ten years, so I hope postage to Australia is still low. 

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I used to order from Redstream all the time about 15+ years ago. It's a great website, I love it.
I went back there a few weeks ago and was pleased to notice that the interface is exactly the same. I searched for a few things I was interested in and was disappointed to find a lot of stuff was out of stock. I actually bought my Mayhem hoodie from Redstream in about 2003. Good times. There's a tonne of great, obscure, black metal albums for supercheap. I haven't ordered from them in over ten years, so I hope postage to Australia is still low. 
It hasn't quite been 15 years since I first found them, but yes, the website is exactly the same as it used to be. They're good at what they do, and the dude that runs the label seems pretty cool. You could even purchase my album there if you were so inclined. The shipping is free, at least within the US. Not sure about international...

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8 minutes ago, BlutAusNerd said:

It hasn't quite been 15 years since I first found them, but yes, the website is exactly the same as it used to be. They're good at what they do, and the dude that runs the label seems pretty cool. You could even purchase my album there if you were so inclined. The shipping is free, at least within the US. Not sure about international...

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Shipping is definitely not free to Australia, but I remember it was really cheap back in the day. Probably still is. I feel really nostalgic for redstream at the moment, hence me looking it up again after so long. I'll have to check out your music at some stage - I might even order it, who knows! 

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Shipping is definitely not free to Australia, but I remember it was really cheap back in the day. Probably still is. I feel really nostalgic for redstream at the moment, hence me looking it up again after so long. I'll have to check out your music at some stage - I might even order it, who knows! 
Stranger things have happened. We might like your music too, if we knew anything about it...

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On 4/27/2018 at 4:00 AM, FatherAlabaster said:

themetaldetektor.com is a great starting place, and I also buy from bands and labels on Bandcamp.

This site is amazing.  How have I never found it before!  Thanks for sharing.

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On 4/29/2018 at 12:48 AM, BlutAusNerd said:

Stranger things have happened. We might like your music too, if we knew anything about it...

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My music?

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18 minutes ago, BlutAusNerd said:

Haven't you coyly talked about being in a band before?

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I am a particularly coy lad, that's for sure....

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Old post, but whatever...While I can see why many people enjoy physical copies, the added value I personally get from them nowadays is negligible. I enjoy the music only for the pleasure it brings to my ears. Good artwork and lyrics don't affect my listening experience. Also, having had to endure vinyl and tapes in my youth, I was much happier with CDs in terms of sound quality and durability; now that I only listen to music from my pc, I'm even happier I don't have to lug anything around. 

I am also in favour of free downloading/streaming. The underground metal scene has too small of an audience to make it financially sustainable for most artists anyway, even if the all of the few existing listeners were actually ready to pay for  all the recordings they listened to. The cost of producing music is today affordable to most people with a job or a generous family. So in my opinion, bands' main concern should be to make their music accessible as easily as possible to anyone who might be interested. 

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