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Discogs Turns Record Collectors' Obsessions Into Big Business

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Discogs Turns Record Collectors' Obsessions Into Big Business - by Ben Sisario/ Media/ Business/ International New York Times/ The New York Times/ nytimes.com

"BEAVERTON, Ore. — In the beginning, Kevin Lewandowski just wanted a way to keep track of his techno records.

Now, 15 years later, the free website he set up for that purpose, Discogs.com, has become a vital resource for record collectors and the music industry, with a sprawling database of more than 6.5 million releases. And with an online marketplace through which nearly $100 million in records will be sold this year, Discogs has carved out a valuable niche in a market dominated by companies like Amazon and eBay..."

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The founder and chief executive of Discogs, Kevin Lewandowski, center, at the company's headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. Begun in 2000, the free website has grown into a database of 6.5 million album releases, with an online marketplace for collectors. Credit Carl Kiilsgaard for The New York Times


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