Amazon to (temporarily) STOP stocking vinyl

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  1. Brendan K

    Brendan K Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Amazon will cease stocking vinyl records due to coronavirus

    Amid the coronavirus epidemic, Amazon is struggling to keep in stock essential items like hand sanitizer, face masks, toilet paper, and medical supplies. To make room on its shelves, the online retail giant will temporarily cease stocking discretionary items, including vinyl records.

    Amazon will continue to sell whatever vinyl records are already in stock at their warehouses. However, once those quantities are sold out, music fans are out of luck.

    “We are seeing increased online shopping, and as a result some products such as household staples and medical supplies are out of stock,” Amazon said in a statement to third-party sellers this week (via Variety). “With this in mind, we are temporarily prioritizing household staples, medical supplies, and other high-demand products coming into our fulfillment centers so that we can more quickly receive, restock, and deliver these products to customers. For products other than these, we have temporarily disabled shipment creation. … We understand this is a change for our selling partners and appreciate their understanding as we temporarily prioritize these products for customers.”
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  2. wellhamsrus

    wellhamsrus Duke of Earl

    I'd like to know how long the corona virus can live on mail orders. Apparently some other coronaviruses can survive on metal, glass and plastic for up to nine days, unless properly disinfected, or even longer in low temperatures.
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  3. radickeyfan

    radickeyfan Forum Resident

    following .... this is going to get real interesting , every day , it is about 20 new things
  4. Thievius

    Thievius This is my sweet custom title, yo

    Moreno Valley, CA
    And the hysteria continues.
  5. Brendan K

    Brendan K Forum Resident Thread Starter

    To get ahead of the curve, NO POLITICS in this thread or it WILL get taken down. The focus of the article and thus the focus of this thread is on vinyl stock/online stores/shortages as a result of the pandemic ONLY.
  6. Musician95616

    Musician95616 Forum Resident

    Davis, CA
    My local record stores are closing due to CV and now Amazon is going to stop stocking LPs?

    eBay it is.
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  7. Mylene

    Mylene Senior Member

    The humanity!
  8. hutlock

    hutlock Forever Breathing

    Cleveland, OH, USA
    There are still hundreds of indie record stores out there to buy vinyl from online, including biggies like Amoeba and Bull Moose, down to smaller guys like Plaid Room and Port of Sound. Almost all of them are still open for mail order business. This is not even remotely a worry for me. Hell, a couple of shops I know of (Dusty Groove in Chicago and My Minds Eye here in Cleveland) are doing drive-up/carry out service.

    I like to support indies to begin with and only buy from Amazon as a last resort or a super amazing price, so maybe this will wind up bringing more folks in that direction. Plenty of people who need the money to stay afloat way more than Amazon does anyway.
  9. astro70

    astro70 Forum Resident

    Carbondale, IL
    Support the indies who are going to be hit a whole lot harder than Amazon with this going on.
  10. ClassicalCD

    ClassicalCD Make audio great again

    Bogotá, Colombia
    As long as they keep stocking CDs...
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  11. HotelYorba101

    HotelYorba101 Forum Resident

    Good thing my digital library is extensive :D

    Curious to see the long term effects of both this and the recent fire that has impacted the world of vinyl as of late
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  12. Mirror Image

    Mirror Image Aaron Copland (1900 - 1990)

    Right on! :righton: In particular, classical CDs. :)
  13. George Blair

    George Blair Forum Resident

    Portland, OR
    You don't even have a turntable. :whistle:
  14. Dhreview16

    Dhreview16 Forum Resident

    London UK
    It seems like a sensible decision by Amazon to prioritise its stocks. Meanwhile one of our nearby businesses, a small independent that distributes Speakers Corner albums UK wide for little more than Amazon charges for vinyl generally, is asking customers to bear with them while they catch up with increased orders. Seems to me a good result all round, so far...
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  15. Thievius

    Thievius This is my sweet custom title, yo

    Moreno Valley, CA

    I was talking about Amazon, not vinyl consumers or you guys.

    Hear hear! :cheers:
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2020
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  16. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    i'm assuming marketplace sellers like importsCD etc .... will still be selling via amazon though yes ? since these sellers have nothing to do with the amazon warehouse .....
  17. PsychGuy

    PsychGuy Forum Resident

    The item refers to third-party sellers who ship their goods to Amazon for storage and shipping. Amazon also may be shutting out non-priority goods that it sells itself, but the notice this article was based on doesn't say that.

    A lot of music software on Amazon is sold by third parties, but most of them handle fulfillment themselves.

    It's of note, anyway.

    If the post office stops providing clerks, that could lead to some Amazon third-party sellers suspending sales of physical media such as albums and Blu-rays. Because you have to see a clerk to get media mail rates. Not the self-service machines. (Dunno about business postage machines.)
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  18. NunoBento

    NunoBento Rock 'n' Roll Star

    I’d like to know this too! I’m not considering to stop buying vinyl records!
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  19. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

    Once your package arrives, handle it with gloves. If the LP is sealed, just gently wash the plastic with cotton and soap and -let's not risk- leave it in a cardboard box for some days. Then unwrap it. That should suffice.

    If the Lp is unsealed, pray and play ;)
  20. Dave S

    Dave S Forum Resident

    I don't think the virus can last long on cardboard. If in doubt, quarantine your new purchases for 7 days. That time should be enough. Plus new records are sealed.
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  21. NunoBento

    NunoBento Rock 'n' Roll Star

    And here I was thinking the virus only lasted 24 hours on surfaces.
  22. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    I was told in Off-topic that delivery services may stop requiring signatures at the customers door..
  23. jimod99

    jimod99 Daddy or chips?

    Vienna, Austria
    Much of Europe is closed down and all the record stores are closed for the next few weeks anyway.

    I’m sure we’ll all be able to live without buying records for the next little while, just listen to all that stuff you’ve never played, or haven’t played for years!
  24. Kiss73

    Kiss73 Forum Resident


    We are too quick to look at the negatives of the current situation. With more time working from home, I have pulled out albums that I hadn't played for ages and am loving the experience.
  25. Graham

    Graham Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Snap. It’s ridiculous how many records I’ve bought in recent years that I’ve only played once or twice.

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