The Grump wrote: Putting out vinyl is a pricey undertaking so people tend to hold the material to a higher standard.
in theory, one might think this would be true, but a big reason why I've stopped buying vinyl is the dearth of new releases that I'd actually want to own as a physical copy. Almost all the new interesting music I find these days is via digital, and while there may be a vinyl release, almost nothing has been such that I felt like I needed to have to record.
I went from buying hundreds of records a year to 1 or 2. Essentially what happened is that electronic music has gone digital and there aren't really any vinyl shops, even in NYC, that make browsing for new music on vinyl worthwhile.
If I was into buying backcatalog stuff used, then I could see vinyl being a factor, but anything new on vinyl is almost suspicious to me, unless it's purely for collectors.
People who talk about special vinyl only techno releases, it's kinda funny. There is so much electronic music out there and production tools are so available, and the archive of releases to know is so available, for every precious vinyl only release there are bound to be 100 more easily attainable ones equally special that you could find digitally.
There was an era when it was by far the most sensible way of hearing the coolest most cutting edge music. That's no longer the case.