How good is Amazon shipping vinyl?

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  1. englishbob

    englishbob Its a s*** business

    Kent, England
    I agree when you have both hands free, but filming one handed without a tripod...No other way
  2. richbdd01

    richbdd01 Forum Resident

    Im sure i will get blacklisted by Amazon soon. Ive had a few returns....mainly a mix of bad pressings and them sending me jackets with creases, splits etc.
  3. Zumbi

    Zumbi Forum Resident

    When the band Rush re-released all their records on vinyl record in 2015, I pre-ordered them all from Amazon. Every time I got the records, they always had the same damage, the sleeves was ripped, sure I got new one whitout any problems, but then most of the time, the replacement was damaged as well on the same way, so then I had to ask for another one!

    Sure, Amazon has great service, and they send new ones without any problems, and I could also keep the damage one. So now I have one (or more) copy of each record that is still sealed. But after I got all the Rush records, I was done with Amazon, they are a pain to buy from.
  4. englishbob

    englishbob Its a s*** business

    Kent, England
    Arctic Monkeys new album dispatched! If my theory is true, as it was a pre-order and a new release, it will come loose in a massive box
  5. DealsOnVinyl

    DealsOnVinyl Well-Known Member

    I've ordered a lot of vinyl from Amazon and most of the time it arrived safely. I had way worse luck with eBay, Discogs, Facebook groups... lately it seems like everything I get from one of those arrives with seam splits and corner dings :realmad:
  6. cporcp

    cporcp Forum Resident

    I had a bad run of several orders from Amazon that were all warped - all packaged similarly, just tossed into a large box. It occurred to me that maybe Amazon’s supply chain needs work, or perhaps there was another reason that so much of their stock was warped - packaging is another issue entirely. Ordering vinyl from them has always been hit or miss for me.

    That said, it’s pretty much Elusive Disc for me - have been ordering from them for many years with zero issues - I’ll gladly pay the minimal media mail shipping and wait an extra day or two.
  7. rjp

    rjp Senior Member

    can't speak of vinyl, but of late their shipping of CD's has been deplorable.
  8. johnny q

    johnny q Forum Resident

    Bergen County, NJ
    For the most part, pretty good. They either ship in a frustration free LP mailer or said mailer in an oversize box, with packing material to fill it out. However, sometimes they ship the LP loose in a large box and it slides around during shipping and gets dinged up. They were on quite a roll last year, they did this to me for around 5 consecutive shipments.
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  9. misteranderson

    misteranderson Forum Resident

    englewood, nj
    First try with Amazon was the Bowie BBC box, and they did the label on the shrinkwrap thing, of course it looked like somebody used it as a giant air hockey puck. Returned it. Sent another, which bounced around in a much bigger box, corners all rounded. Returned that. Third one was damaged as well. Got a full refund, ordered from Barnes & Noble, who got it right the first time.

    So, to answer the question posed by the thread, I'd say Amazon is lousy at shipping vinyl. I can't imagine how bad they'd screw up a Beatles mono box or something else with 10+ records in it.

    BTW, Barnes & Noble has never failed me. They shipped 5 or 6 of the Zeppelin Super Deluxe boxes and there wasn't one problem with any of them. They were all in sturdy, oversized, heavily padded boxes. No rounded corners, no damaged vinyl, sleeves or photo books. No damage at all.
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  10. joshm2286

    joshm2286 Forum Resident

    I have ordered two vinyl records from sellers that their orders were fulfilled by Amazon. My first LP purchase came in an mailer box which protected my album very well so I was pleased with my purchase. Second record ordered with two other items this order was put in an oversized box and thankfully the record was un- damaged.

    I have not ordered another LP "directly" from Amazon after hearing their packaging methods vary from warehouse to warehouse here in the states. I buy vinyl from Amazon marketplace sellers who pack their own orders and Ebay.
  11. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

    South West, UK.
    They appear to have only one size of box now which must mean massive waste of cardboard and internal packing. The boxes are also flimsier than a few years ago but miraculously hardly had an issue with damage.
  12. Classicrock

    Classicrock Forum Resident

    South West, UK.
    Most Lps I think are now prepackaged in mailers for Amazon as they have a sticker with the title on them. Loose or prepackaged probably depends on label/distributor. I'm sure Amazon have this done at nominal cost given the quantities they shift. They must be the biggest music seller in UK/USA/World by now.
  13. Jrr

    Jrr Forum Resident

    I buy a ton of vinyl from Amazon and I have never had an issue with shipping. And never a hassle returning defective vinyl. Quite frankly, and as much as I would agree with anyone that would argue it's smart to have other suppliers, I don't know why anyone would by elsewhere except to sometimes support a local dealer, which I do, but then I feel bad if I need to exchange a bad pressing, which is too often. Just easier to put it back on the porch.
  14. fluffskul

    fluffskul Forum Resident

    albany, ny

    They will shove ur record in a box.. if your order is just records the shipping is typically very good. Though I did once literally get a shipping label stuck to the shrink wrap of a record.... but generally if you just buy LPs they come in a LP mailer just like the better ebay stores/audiophile sites use.

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