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About Us/Local Store

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We Got The Beats Record Store
5130 N. Federal Hwy, Suite #2
Fort Lauderdale FL 33308

954-671-9482 (WGTB)

For the most up to date information about store hours, new collection arrivals, sales, etc. please check our facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/wegotthebeatsrecordstore/

Currently, store hours are:

11AM to 7PM - Sunday through Thursday, until 8PM on Friday and Saturday.  (Will usually stay open later if it's busy.)

We do buy collections, there is a separate page for that here:

We have A LOT more stuff in the store than we do on the site, and our prices are extremely competitive (and in some cases downright cheap.)  We can often meet or beat even Amazon's pricing on imports.

 

While we specialize in dance music, pop, divas, remixes, and singles, as well as R&B/soul/hip-hop and classic rock/70s/80s music, we can order just about anything for you that is still in print and it will usually arrive in as little as 1 to 5 days (depending on how soon we place an order with our wholesaler.) Email your requests to tony@wegotthebeatsrecordstore.com. 

 

We also participate "all in" in Record Store Day events (www.recordstoreday.com.)  We do not jack up the prices on Record Store Day merchandise in our store.  We sell it at the suggested retail price.  More about RSD here: http://www.wegotthebeatsrecordstore.com/pages/record-store-day-2017.html

What a long, strange trip it's been...

 

From our beginnings online in 1999 to the realization of our brick & mortar store in 2010...and our new, bigger store in 2014, here's the story...

We Got The Beats was started by Tony on a webTV(!) in his apartment in 1999 when he discovered ebay.  He went there to buy music, but noticed so many of the CD's in his own collection selling on ebay for a lot more than what he paid.  So next time he went to his local record stores (which typically happened a few times a week anyway because he is a music nut) he bought some things he thought others might be interested in, and gave them a whirl on the world wide web.

After one of them (a Whitney Houston CD single from the UK) sold for $110, Tony was hooked.

(Since Tony is actually typing this, he's going to stop referring to himself as "he" now, if you don't mind.  It feels a little crazy.) 

The name "We Got The Beats" was meant as both a hint that we focused on "the beats," i.e. dance, R&B, hip-hop - and a nod to another favorite/specialty, 80's music. 

After what seemed like a lifetime in retail management and customer service up in New Jersey, and then a few years tending bar in Florida, I packed up whatever fit in the van and spent nearly four years traveling around the USA (with my kitty cat) in search of great music you just can't find at your local Big Box Mart. Selling much of it on ebay along the way covered expenses.

The trip was a blast! I found some great stuff, and even met some of my ebay customers and other sellers. I had the best time (and best finds) in Vegas, Memphis, Detroit, L.A., Austin, Pittsburgh, and Nashville. I was able to go to nine Mariah Carey concerts from coast to coast (and met her in Philly!) And I even got to go to the Grammy Awards that year. THAT was wild. (Prince, Sting, White Stripes, P-Funk with Earth, Wind & Fire...) Throw in visits to the Rock-N-Roll Hall of Fame and the Motown Museum, and it was a very music-oriented journey. Our story (and reputation) got around, and kitty and I were honored to be featured in a book called "eBay Powerseller Secrets" (Schep/Schep) and featured or mentioned in three other eBay books. 

After settling back down in Florida, what had been a strictly online business for a dozen years or so finally translated into a "real live" record store on Dixie Highway in Oakland Park.  This was a realization of a lifelong aspiration.  I tried to take what I liked and didn't like about all the music stores I'd visited over the years, throw in a little funk and glitter, and create the ultimate destination for dance music & more in South Florida.  We've been warmly embraced by the local community, and I'm so grateful to be able to do this.

Initially, I took a lot of music I love that tends to be marginalized in local record stores - dance music, disco, remixes, R&B music, hip-hop music, and especially CD singles and 12" vinyl singles - and put those front and center with lots and lots of selection.  We maintain the lowest prices in town and often price new vinyl better than Amazon. 

Eventually we outgrew the Oakland Park store, and closed it for good on Christmas Eve, 2013.  On Feb 1, 2014, we opened at our new, improved location - with (finally) a dedicated rock section, and plans to expand even further in the future.  Within the first year, we did.  Our next-door neighbor moved out, and we took over that unit as well, doubling our size, and enabling us to have a "dance & soul side" and a "rock & hip-hop side."

The business has evolved much more into vinyl than CD's, but we still love and carry a nice selection of CD's also - including lots of CD singles (with remixes woo hoo!)

Our rock department continues to expand, and as we learn more and more from our customers, we have gone beyond our mainstream top-40 rock roots.

We are probably still best known for our 12" singles collection - we carry thousands of them at a time and regularly get new collections from DJ's and collectors.

Hope to see ya soon - in the meantime feel free to browse the categories to your left to get an idea of the kinds of things we carry.  (Just be aware some of the items on the site may not always be in stock at the store.)

Thanks so much - we appreciate ya!

Tony
We Got The Beats Record Store

***Second location opening by mid-November***

4588 N. University Drive

Lauderhill FL 33351

954-395-6520

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