Tom Fisher - expert record dealer, and Bighead?

Since 1988 this man has bought and sold over 650,000 used records

I started Rat Records in 1988, selling my vinyl albums on a street market in Oxford because I was skint and I needed money to buy more records! I then graduated to Camden and Greenwich markets at the weekend, with the odd 2nd hand record fair. In 1993 I got the first of a series of 4 Rat Records shops in Greenwich, London. In 1999 Rat Records relocated our CD and record shop to Camberwell and passed into many adventures and local legend! We closed the shop down in June 2022 when the lease expired and now I just roam the country, buying records!

Since 1988 I reckon we've sold just over 1,350,000 used records, shifted over 400,000 second hand CDs, stuck on 2,000,000 plus price stickers (OK the staff did a lot of that), driven over 900,000 miles, worn out the suspension of over 15 vehicles and discovered the only vinyl acetate of a collaboration between Mick Jagger and John Lennon.

I also have 2 more children, a grandchild and a lot less hair than when I started. My job is fantastic. I get to travel the country buying records, meeting interesting people and hearing the stories behind their music collections. Then I get those records to people who want them.

I'm a highly experienced and professional record dealer. From the start I will be completely straight and clear with you about how I will buy your collection, my prices, method and logic.

I'm out searching nationwide to buy vinyl from you. I'm the man you should speak to and who will come round to buy your records with the cash.

Rat Records manager Philippe - known for driving seasoned record dealers to tears


Philippe was asked to leave France 25 years ago for liking the Cure a little bit too much. Naturally he ended up as the final and greatest manager of Rat Records.

His eclectic tastes and undiminished passion for new exciting sounds made him the perfect man for the job.

Philippe's indepth musical knowledge veers from ragtime blues all the way to techno via post rock, indie and electronica, reggae and jazz although obviously his real passion is Burgundy.

He still occasionally DJs, unearthing the sort of genre defying mashups and pan global oddities that record shop managers have the luck to put their hands onto.

Philippe took care of the smooth running of the business, buying over the counter and trying to research and price the vast amount of records that Tom is constantly bringing in, and then attempting to flog off, on Saturday morning. He's also known for driving seasoned record dealers to tears with his infamous 'price challenge'.

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