Why are sellers taking so long to ship?

Discussion in 'Marketplace Discussions' started by PeteH, Jun 11, 2018.

  1. PeteH

    PeteH Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    WI, USA
    Not here. Forum sellers are music enthusiasts too and tend to ship fairly quickly. I'm talking about eBay, Discogs and the Amazon Marketplace. Of the last ten things I ordered, eight took a week or more to ship. Not to arrive, just to get out the door. With more and more sellers using slow delivery methods like SmartPost, SurePost and so on, things take forever to arrive.

    I both buy and sell. As a seller I try to get things out the door on the day they're ordered, or the following morning at the latest. If I can reasonably upgrade the shipping to a faster class, I do, even if it costs me a few cents more. Why would any seller need a week to get something in the mail?
     
  2. Dave

    Dave Esoteric Audio Research Specialistâ„¢

    Location:
    Greater Vancouver
    A lot of sellers do not store their medium at their residence from what I've gathered, unlike us.
     
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  3. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

    Sorry, not having that problem here.
    Stuff ordered over the weekend arrived today* !!!!


    * Import CDs using Expedited which only costs $2.49 more for the first item
    :bdance:
     
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  4. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    They're awaiting final ruling on Net Nutrality...if it gets gutted, they can get away with shipping slower, and the music still arrives sooner than if you were to buy a download..:p
     
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  5. dkmonroe

    dkmonroe A completely self-taught idiot

    Location:
    Atlanta
    Expedited definitely makes a different with them! The last few times I've ordered from them and didn't expedite it, it took rather a long time, but I ordered something from them on Friday and said, "What the hell, let's pick Expedited Shipping and see what happens." And I received it today.
     
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  6. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

    Import CDs via eBay for vinyl went from KY, past Nashvegas, up to Pittsburgh (same as other members are also reporting), then <crickets> on the tracking for several days, then voila ! It appears at my post office. Thank God they used bombproof packaging for what was literally 8 vinyl records, and 2 jackets, and a box.
    That is Media Mail, which was free, and worth every penny. :winkgrin:
     
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  7. PeteH

    PeteH Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    WI, USA
    I'm not talking about Amazon or Import CDs or the like. They're pretty much the same as ever. I'm talking about small vendors. I just cancelled one because I ordered on the 5th and they were anticipating shipping it on the 15th.

    On the subject of bigger retailers, I ordered a single CD from Amazon UK. The tracking says shipped on the 5th and delivery expected on the 26th. It says delivery by Asendia. Most previous orders from Amazon UK were sent Royal Mail and arrived in 7 to 10 days. Is Asendia a cheaper, slower service?
     
  8. eddiel

    eddiel Forum Resident

    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    I haven't really noticed any change but perhaps you've purchased from drop shippers which usually take longer to ship?
     
  9. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    Media Mail. It's great, and also sometimes fast, sometimes slow. So what?
     
  10. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

    I'll tell ya so what. The longer a package stays out there, on tour of the entire country, the more it gets handled, and the odds go up for it being damaged.
    An extra $1.00 or $1.50 brings it up to Priority, and instead of it going on tour, it arrives at my door in 2-3 days, because it took the direct route.
    The thinking behind buying an expensive, valuable item, and then choosing the cheapest method of shipment is to me, beyond logic.
     
  11. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

  12. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Location:
    Portland, OR
    I've never had a problem. So there's my logic. :)
     
  13. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

    Then you're damn lucky. My last, I mean last album purchase from Elusive Disc was literally broken in half. Two pieces.
    I avoid the Grand Tour of Media Mail every chance I get.

    My latest albums purchase from Import CDs via eBay featured free shipping. I rolled the dice. The box went from Kentucky, past Nashville, to Pittsburgh, where it sat for nearly a week. Luckily Import CDs used a bombproof box like I've never seen before.

    .
     
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  14. PeteH

    PeteH Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    WI, USA
    I was sad to see Ernie B's go under. Talk about bulletproof packaging. They said your item would never arrive damaged, and they meant it.
     
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  15. MYKE

    MYKE Columbia 6 Eye Mono - 1958

    Craig Moerer is pretty amazing too ! My latest is a 45 of Sinatra's That's Life that looked like it's not only 1966, but in a clean box, packed securely. For only a few bucks profit, that's taking pride in your business.:righton:
     
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  16. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Definitely. Although we all miss Ernie B's, Ernie has a new company called Millions Of Records.

    "After the unfortunate events at EBrecords (the sale and eventual demise of the company) I'm glad to tell you that I am working hard to build it back up again. I have launched this new, simple website just to get the ball rolling. I realize that it lacks the features you enjoyed at EBrecords (search filters, mp3 sound samples, user-friendly interface, etc.) I am working on the main website now, which I hope will be launched in a few months. In the meantime, I figured it was better to provide you with a simple website rather than none at all. Please make do as best as possible until the main website is launched later; I promise it will be worth the wait!" -Ernie B

    Millions of Records
     
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  17. PeteH

    PeteH Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Location:
    WI, USA
    I was thrilled to see that Ernie was going to open a new shop, but so far I'm really unimpressed with the stock.
     
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  18. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Definitely. The old ErnieB site always stocked a wide variety of genres and artists, but I'm not seeing any Ace Records or Bear Family titles as of yet.
     
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  19. Mirrorblade.1

    Mirrorblade.1 Forum Resident

    Media sucks when they loose cd and month later shows up with oil stain
    on padded mailer.. and foot print..
     
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