This is my favorite record store in RDU. I will outright say that Carolina Soul has the most reasonable prices of any store (we all know what a Beatles album should cost). They have a wonderful selection of jazz, soul, and a lot of niche genres that you don't find in a lot of places.
They are extremely organized, and each record has been placed in a plastic sleeve - or at least the "upper shelf" ones that aren't $1.
All of the employees are very helpful and recognize me. I suppose not many people request 10cc albums, though. I'm thankful to have a great shop so close by and one that seems to be tailored to my taste in vinyl.
May 13, 2019
Mainly Used Records, but a few fine new selections to pick through. Proprietors have exquisite taste on choosing quality, and fill the bins respectfully. You will Not leave empty~handed!!!
May 4, 2019
Great vibes, a record collector's dream, but also a great place to thumb through the $1 bins to find treasures. A Durham institution!
Nov 17, 2018
Very nice store. Simple, yet well organized. Lots of dollar priced records for the bargain hunter and many value-graded items coming a range of genres. Prices and grading are quite fair. Owner was very conversant. They also have an eBay store coming from this location. I recommend stopping in while in Durham. I'll be returning.
Jun 30, 2019
The laid back, helpful vinyl shopping experience with a decent in-store selection and good number of gems cataloged on discogs. Fair prices.
Aug 6, 2019
Consignment Records/Ebay Auction
Most collectors worldwide have purchased record(s) from one of carolinasoul's famous Ebay auctions, or watched with amazement as bids flood in for rare records and fetched top dollar. Carolina Soul has a top seller status and is known for customer satisfaction. CS has a further reach for buyers worldwide than many reputable dealers have, hence their thousands of dedicated Ebay followers and 100% positive feedback ratings from buyers. For these reasons, I decided to put some records up for consignment with CS. They do all of the listing work: clean, grade, capture/upload mp3 samples, manage the auction, collect payment and finally ship the record to the highest bidder. Carolina Soul doesn't ever make more money than you do off of any consignment record that auctions for over 10 USD -- I found their tiered consignment fee scale to be very fair, especially since they absorb all of the paypal/ebay fees etc. In the past I have made good money selling records myself through various platforms, with CS even with the consignment fees, I am certain that I made considerably more money selling through CS on nearly all of the records they listed for me. The communication with CS was fast and thorough, at times I had so many questions I annoyed myself but they were 100% professional and courteous to me. Finally, watching the auctions close was fun and exciting -- so many records sold for much more than I would have listed them for myself on other record selling platforms increasing my overall profit. I have yet to be paid for the records because my final auction closed just yesterday, but I have already received one payment from them without issue. I will absolutely use CS to sell records in the future.
Jul 20, 2019
You'll always find something good here!
Oct 2, 2019
This place is the soul, funk and jazz headquarters for vinyl in North Carolina let it be known!
Oct 4, 2019
Great selection and quality, check 'em out.
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Jan 19, 2020
Great shop, fair prices. Always something new to find in the stacks.
Jan 14, 2020
Carolina Soul is located in downtown Durham, NC. This shop is great! They have a large selection of vintage vinyl Rock, Jazz, Country, and Soul records. I bought an early pressing of Disraeli Gears by Cream, a first pressing of Workingman's Dead by the Grateful Dead, and a Junior Kimbrough and The Soul Blues Boys LP titled Most Things Haven't Worked Out. Every time I go here I find something interesting. They have a great selection of 45's as well. On street parking is fairly available on a weekend. During the M-F business hours it is more scarce.
Feb 9, 2020
Great records at good prices! I was impressed with reggae, jazz and soul selections!
Mar 1, 2020
Jason came to my house last year and started looking at my huge 45 collection. He was looking at them so fast that some PS got ripped by mistake.
Sep 7, 2020
Alright place to dig records. They had a ton to choose from.
Jan 21, 2021
The private shopping appointments are awesome. Masks and gloves are provided, but you may want to bring your own gloves because your hands will get sweaty. Make sure you schedule enough time to search through the crates.
Jan 24, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed my private shopping experience. The selection at Carolina Soul is the best that I’ve seen in Durham. Highly recommend!
May 22, 2021
The shop, and privacy is amazing. The selection is on point. Most importantly the young man my wife and I deal with most of the time is knowledgeable and very personable.