Indie Artists and 7″ Vinyl

I’ve noticed lately that every Indie music artist seems to release their singles on 7″ vinyl these days.  I see full LPs on vinyl too but this appears to be the predominant trend.  Can please someone explain this to me?  I just don’t get it.  Aren’t we living in a digital age and still fighting for the rights of digital music?  I understand the nostalgia for vinyl, cassette tapes and 8 Tracks.  But if you’re an emerging indie rock band, what is the practicality of having a merch table full of vinyl singles?  I never see anyone actually buy them. I don’t own a turntable anymore, do you? And if you are a band that only has two songs, wouldn’t it behoove you to make them available for download online?

Someone, please help me understand.

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