^ this. Certainly what i've done with a few new Dispatch releases.
I personally still like the feel of record stores and if I get the opportunity to go to one I will. I get the opportunity to get down to Brighton a fair bit, and RK bass there is really an excellent example of a dnb record store. The lady who was in there last clearly knew her stuff and I find that helps more if I am looking for something in particular, rather than using the web.
Discogs is the obvious for 2nd hand vinyl. I have found a few rare bargains on ebay over time, but its not my usual for finding something special.