To Those Who Have Sold Me Vinyl Here...

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by MYKE, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

    Location:
    Madison, Tennessee
    Thanks Clay. That's why I tagged those I respect here.
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  2. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

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    Madison, Tennessee
    50% refund received, + an apology. I'm satisfied.
     
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  3. zongo

    zongo Forum Resident

    Location:
    Davis, CA
    I would also think this to be "amateur hour", and that anybody who has either shipped or received any number of albums would have long since realized what is necessary to protect the album on its journey. However, I never cease to be amazed at the number of times I get albums poorly packed in ways that should be obviously inappropriate - in bags without stiffeners, in homemade contraptions made from chopped up pieces of boxes, in gigantic boxes with a couple of air-filled "pillows" chucked in there but plenty of room for the album to float and slam around in, etc. etc. Amazingly, I would say that I get these kind of terrible packing jobs much more commonly when they are shipped from Europe or the UK than from within the United States! I think this is amazing because the sellers should know that the album is going on a long long trip and if anything MORE care is needed in the packing, and instead they take an absurdly minimalist approach to it. Really?!? You're going to pack a $40 album to go across the Atlantic in a freaking tyvek sleeve? Like the poster here, I hardly even know what to say to these people, as I feel that they are so bereft of sense that anything I would say seems unlikely to penetrate to them. My basic philosophy is if it somehow comes through all right then I just thank my lucky stars and move on. If it gets wrecked, I write and let them know exactly what the problem is. If they refund the money, great. If they want the LP shipped back across the ocean, I reassess how much money it was and whether it makes any sense to spend $20 shipping back a $30 album or whatever. Also, when I buy albums from across the oceans, I sort of build into my sale an internal understanding that I might lose the money entirely, and is it worth it to me to risk that by purchasing the album. Finally, whenever I buy an album (from anywhere) I write a note to the seller explaining exactly how I want it packed (boilerplate language I have used for years) and hope that it nudges them to do the right thing. Overall, these kind of problems do dampen my enthusiasm for buying vinyl.
     
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  4. black sheriff

    black sheriff Forum Resident


    I just received a record today from the same seller, packed exactly the same way. I haven't seen a record packed this poorly in about 10-15 years. Amateur hour indeed, and the seller has been a member here since 2002. :wtf:

    The record that I purchased was also graded NM/NM. The vinyl was more like VG+ and the jacket was a VG+.

    Here's a picture of the packing materials. The record jackets were used as filler pads.

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  5. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

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    Madison, Tennessee
    Another case of the LIKE button being inappropriate. Well, he'll offer you a 50% refund...it's up to you of course.
     
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  6. johnt23

    johnt23 Forum Resident

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    Oregon
    Never understood the attempted workarounds for the tried-and-true $1.50 lp mailer.
    What really seems like false economy is that aforementioned method of piecing together multiple little patches of cardboard and then mummy-wrapping in a ton of packing tape.
    LP mailers are incredible technology. Go with what works.
     
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  7. wynnwikman

    wynnwikman Well-Known Member

    Strange. A bubble mailer that large probably cost as much as a LP mailer...
     
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  8. klownschool

    klownschool Forum Resident

    ...or more like 2.50

    Is there a reason we can't mention the seller's name here?

    I'm late to this party by a few weeks.

    It sounds like an attempt was made to educate but has been ignored. This would open the door to call out the seller to warn others.

    Packing lps is not that difficult.

    Thanks for calling me in Myke.
     
  9. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

    Location:
    Madison, Tennessee
    Well, calling out by name would be considered a personal attack, so just a little detective work exposes the party.
    This happened after the seller having a spotless rep, so it was like he just lost his mind for at least two sales,...I don't know.

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  10. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

    Location:
    Madison, Tennessee
    Member @KenJ : 2 Alabama albums. 35 and 34 years old respectively. Proper album mailer / records in original paper (picture and lyrics) inner sleeves, outside the jacket. Everything as graded, if not a smidge better ! No skips anywhere !
    Price ? $3.00 each. :yikes:

    Buy with confidence. Repeat customer here too, btw.
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  11. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

    Location:
    Madison, Tennessee
    Add the name @SpeakerLabFan to the TRUSTED list. SRV's Live Alive in absolutely gorgeous condition, packed by a conscientious vinyl lover.

    THANK YOU !
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  12. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

    Location:
    Madison, Tennessee
    Adding the name @riverrat . Spot-on accurate grading. Albums arrived well packed, clean, and ready to sing along to, (which I tend to do when I'm happy).
    Also, I now finally have the highly coveted " Let It Bleed " poster ! :bdance:
     
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  13. MYKE

    MYKE Deep As A River, Wide As The Sea... Thread Starter

    Location:
    Madison, Tennessee
    @Cassius ... I was thinking yesterday, how since the complete Allmans' Fillmore East came out on Blu ray, I haven't played the copy I bought from you, so many years ago now.
    So I pulled her out, put her on the table, and turned her up.
    3 sides Dennis King, 1 side George Piro.
    Phew ! Duane flying all over, Berry thundering away, Butch driving that freight train, and the 3 we have left playing their hearts out also.
    Sometimes, nothing will do but the right cut of vinyl.
    So thankful I've never given up, since 1964.
    :hugs:
     
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