Frequently Asked Questions

We ultrasonically clean each and every record that goes up on the site.

Ultrasonic cleaning is a time intensive process.

We clean two passes, at two different settings, for a total of 45 minutes. Then, the records need to dry.

As a husband and wife team, there are only so many hours in the day. And, yes, as you guessed it... there most likely is only one copy available of any album listed at any time. And that means we sell out. A lot. And fast.

Great. I get it. Now how can I better my odds?!

Get the Five Buck Bin app for your iPhone or the Five Buck Bin app for your Android phone in the app store.

Why?

We send alerts of our on-average (as of 11/20/22) additions to the site of 30 records, daily, via the app FIRST.

So... I'm just too slow without the app?

Yes. If you are randomly browsing throughout the day or catching notice of record drops on social media... you're going to miss the most desirable stuff.

Got anything else to say on this?

Yes.

One, if you get the app, you won't see the sold out records at all. We keep the app lean and mean. 

Two, if you think you're wasting your time browsing rock and seeing page after page of sold out... know that we aren't doing it to annoy you. You can simply filter out all sold out or just know this -- all sold out records are shown AFTER all you page through the ones in stock. You will not find an in stock in the sold out.

What else are we doing about it? 

As of 2023, we have started to use stock images and data from Discogs for our listings. Now we can get more records up! And, as long as you don't keep selling us out, we'll have more! ;)

When we first started the site, we took pictures of each and every album. At the time, it was necessary. Understandably, people needed a little more proof that yes, we really are crazy enough to clean each and every record ultrasonically and sell them for $5 each.

We had a long term plan!

And now that we have reached month 5 (as of this writing on 1/7/23), we are taking advantage of data from Discogs in a programatic way. 

What does all that mean? We can get a lot more records up, quicker! And that's a win for everyone. And now we can and do include Discogs data like track lists, release date, related YouTube videos and more! 

It is also worth noting that any record in our wall collection will always show the actual images of the album. It will also be graded with details in the description.

Ed & Cheri, a husband and wife team who are long-time online sellers.

The grooves on a vinyl record are so fine that even the best brushes can't get into them. That's where ultrasonic cleaners come in; they're better at getting rid of dirt and dust than anything else we've tried, including cloths or hands!

No. But it can and does make a record in-not-so-mint-condition sound more like one that is!

For the average listener, it is cost prohibitive to buy an ultrasonic cleaner. Prices range from several hundred to several thousands. And that's not all. Then you need to find the time to do the actual cleaning.

Sometimes. They are VG grade or above. However, that doesn't mean you won't find a VG+ or VG++ or even a mint record in our $5 collections. And if you haven't heard what an ultrasonic cleaner can do before for even the most loved VG record... why not give us a try? You'll be amazed!

A VG record is defined by Discogs (by way of Goldmine) as:

"... For many listeners, a VG record or sleeve will be worth the money.

VG records have more obvious flaws than their counterparts in better shape. They lack most of the original gloss found on factory-fresh records. Groove wear is evident on sight, as are light scratches deep enough to feel with a fingernail. When played, a VG record has surface noise, and some scratches may be audible, especially in soft passages and during a song’s intro and ending. But the noise will not overpower the music otherwise."

Five Buck Bin records are VG or above. "The Wall" records are graded as described.

We use our eyes and ears when grading records. They are not your eyes and ears.

With that in mind, we accept returns of same-condition-as-sent records within 30 days for a store credit or a refund. Contact Five Buck Bin for an RMA.

Sounds like you know that we drop new ultrasonic records daily. Did you know we have an app for iPhone and Android phones? Did you know we send notifications via the app when we list new records on the site?

That's how people get so lucky!

Do you want to get lucky? Of course you do. Download the app now!

Included below is our shipping rate table. This FAQ was last edited on 12/3/22. 

On 12/3/22, we renamed our economy class to be more represtative of what you get -- USPS Media Mail, with tracking.

We ship all of our records in record appropriate mailers (we use Uline and Mighty Mailers) with appropriate filler such as cardboard stiffeners and bubble wrap as needed. 

Every record gets a Hudson Hi-Fi 3mm polyethylene outer sleeve and inner rice paper sleeve. All records are placed inside the rice paper sleeve and ship inside the outer protective sleeve, behind the record jacket.

AKA, the gold standard to ensure a safe arrival.

We ship via USPS Media Mail and provide tracking with every order.

We ship Monday - Friday with the occasional Saturday. On average, we ship within 2 business days of your order.

No. But we do play test each and every single record after cleaning. We find the roughest spot(s) and make sure they play through.

We like filling the site with records you wouldn't expect to find. Keeps things exciting! And, it keeps you coming back. That's called a win-win.

 

We have 1000s of records that are making their way to FBB. Chances are if you want it, we have it. Send Five Buck Bin an email! 

We sure do.

As of late November 2022, we've been doing this for roughly three months. And we're expanding!

We recently launched The Wall. It's where we list premium ultrasonic cleaned vinyl. 

Browse our selection of collecitble ultrasonic cleaned records!

We are experienced record sellers who buy records in bulk. We get the best price so that we can pass those savings on to you! 

If you sign up for The Digger's Den, our rewards program, you can earn coupons which you can redeem for free and discounted records! *

* the $5 coupon must be used as part of a purchase with other items.

We do! Please tell us about your record collection for sale via our contact page.

Awesome! Share your love of FBB with all your social media friends! And let us know where you are sharing it. We'd love to know!

No. But we are flattered! Let us do something for you instead. Join Five Buck Bin's loyalty program, The Digger's Den! You get points for your purchases, referrals and social network sharing. Redeem those points for free records and discounts!