The premier used CD and record store in Wales, Cob Records, began as a backroom sideline to an existing Cob business way back in 1967 in the small seaside town of Porthmadog. The first vinyl sold was in the form of seven-inch singles taken from old jukeboxes, each commanding the princely sum of one and sixpence (before decimalisation in 1970, we used pounds, shillings and pence in the UK) or less than eight baht.
As there were few record stores in the area, the store became very popular and demand rose quickly. New LPs were quite expensive for many people and Cob's staff knew this so they came up with the idea and slogan: "Any three of your old LPs for any one new of ours". The basement of the current shop site was fitted out with racks and set up as the record store, and before long Cob had built up a large collection of used and new LPs.
The final step in Cob's rise to international fame was to advertise internationally, offering new LPs at discount prices, as well as a part-exchange service.
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