Hello and thank you for visiting Cardboard and Plastic. I hope you like it.

I’m not a record geek or a serious collector. I’m not an audiophile and, no, I won’t help you set up your turntable. I can’t tell you how much your super rare LP is worth. If you’re looking for that kind of advice, there are a lot of great sites for that, but this isn’t one of them.

I started Cardboard and Plastic for two reasons. Because I work with records, I get asked a lot of the same questions over and over. I realized that a lot of people who are getting into vinyl now didn’t grow up with it around and really know nothing about it. I thought I could put together some basic information in a way that was helpful but not overly detailed or insulting.

My other reason for starting this site was to share some of the things that I find interesting about records. I don’t mean the music or the cover art — although I enjoy both of those things — but the little things that I come across which amuse or perplex me. For instance I plan to do a series on the construction of record jackets and how it has changed over time. I hope at least one other person finds that kind of thing interesting. Maybe it’s you.