Amazon vinyl subscription

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  1. KDubATX

    KDubATX A Darby Man Never Says When

    Speculation rooted in supply chain operations. Amazon has a robust system and this is could be a nice avenue to move items that are not turning fast enough without actually marking down the posted item price.
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  2. CatManDude

    CatManDude Forum Revenant

    Connecticut, USA
    I'm the Charter (and so far sole) Member of the official "CatManDude Vinyl of the Month Club: The Gilded Era" (Trademark Pending)

    For a mere $24.99 a month*, I get to purchase an album of my choosing and if not completely satisfied... Well, I guess if I'm not completely satisfied, I only have myself to blame.

    While membership in the official "CatManDude Vinyl of the Month Club: The Gilded Era" may not help fulfill my lifelong dream of seeing Jeff Bezos blasted into space, that's a cross I'm willing to bear.

    *give or take
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  3. 5-String

    5-String μηδὲν ἄγαν

    Sunshine State
    I guess whoever said that this is curated by some bot based on your previous purchases is right.
    Just for fun, I thought to subscribe, and I was curious to see what am I going to get.
    I haven't bought a single rock album from Amazon, it's all jazz for me. So, what am I getting?
    John Coltrane Giant Steps 60th Anniversary Edition (2 LPs).
  4. Swordsandchains

    Swordsandchains I have come here to chew bubblegum…

    Im just going to give it a try, why not
  5. Swordsandchains

    Swordsandchains I have come here to chew bubblegum…

    and im also getting giant steps haha
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  6. PoeRaider

    PoeRaider Forum Resident

    I had some gift card balance left so thought what the heck, may as well try it. Well, they won't accept gift card balance. Fresh debt only. I think I'll pass.
  7. the jesus abyss

    the jesus abyss Forum Resident

    Jesus Christ. How about just go into your local independent record store & ask the owner to recommend a record you might enjoy for 25 bucks instead?

    Imagine letting ****ing amazon try to dictate what you will enjoy. I wish a miserable experience for anyone that signs up for this.
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  8. KDubATX

    KDubATX A Darby Man Never Says When

    A hex upon all who wishes for a discount on Exile on Main Street and The Wall!
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  9. Spencer R

    Spencer R Forum Resident

    Oxford, MS
    I suspect that many vinyl newbies would rather let Amazon dictate what they will enjoy than seek out VMP or their local indie shop’s record of the month club. One click, it’s easy, everyone has Amazon. No scary records like Dorothy Ashby or some weird electronic album you’ve never heard of. My local indie store’s record of the month for its club is Ethiopian jazz: I’m down with taking a chance on something like that, but most people are not.

    The ROTM pick for June is… – End of All Music
  10. ScramMan2

    ScramMan2 Forum Resident

    Portland OR
    Bots can't control that.
  11. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    My guess is that the albums you get are "curated" using a filter like:

    (New LPs carried by Amazon) | Filter (> 4* Amazon reviews) | Filter (Primary genre purchases from user's account or default rock) | Filter (Retail price < $40-something) | Filter (Top albums list from some 3rd party source) | Filter (60s or 70s) | Random(not_previously_purchased_or_sent) > Ship

    The curation, if it occurs, replaces the automated filter on a 3rd party source.
  12. kwadguy

    kwadguy Senior Member

    Cambridge, MA
    It would be pretty easy to require that a UPC be entered. Almost all LPs issued after the early 1980s have a UPC, including all the available-as-new 180g issues. (Yes, there are some new LPs where the UPC is only on the shrinkwrap/stickers).

    Someone could circumvent that by entering a UPC they found elsewhere, but at least this would put a lid on a lot of the nonsense.

    Albums entered without a UPC could still be listed, but would show up in some generic version of the listing that would not appear in searches (except if you look at "all versions").
  13. Bruce Burgess

    Bruce Burgess Senior Member

    Hamilton, Canada
    I don't understand why this would appeal to anybody. Personally, I think I have a much better idea what kind of music I like than some expert at Amazon. Now that I have streaming, I can sample all kinds of music and if there's something I like enough to want it on vinyl, I can buy it then.
  14. Sckott

    Sckott Hand Tighten Only.

    South Plymouth, Ma
    I believe though in my heart that there's a market for this. Vinyl for....well.... dummies. People who just got a glorified lazy susan and they want to feed it.
  15. elgoodo

    elgoodo Forum Resident

    Jersey City, NJ

    Well that's just sad. This is why we can't have nice things.
  16. raveoned

    raveoned Forum Resident

    Ambler, PA
    Just got my first LP after joining, which is Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace. It's the Rhino 2-LP issue on 180-gram vinyl. So far, quiet pressing, sound quality is nice, and so far a fantastic album! Never heard the full album before!
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  17. sillycornelius

    sillycornelius Forum Resident

    That's a great point. Sometimes I'll corrupt my brain in advance with too much information and thus create unreasonable expectations by the time I listen to an LP.

    Just put it on and if it sounds good to your ears then that's awesome!
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  18. raveoned

    raveoned Forum Resident

    Ambler, PA
    To me, well worth the $25.00 this month! Like I said, I never heard the full album, I love Gospel music, and this is really well done. If there is an upcoming title I already have, I'll cancel for that month. But if I don't have something on vinyl, I'll take the chance on the version they send. I've spent a lot more money on things to be disappointed! I'm not going to sweat the $25.00 each month for this, especially if it's music I don't currently have a vinyl version of.

    And some look like they'll have the Amazon mp3 version with purchase, so a bonus there!
  19. Greenalishi

    Greenalishi Birds Aren’t Real

    San Francisco
    The subscription thing with music just can’t buy into. Even 3rd Man. I need to choose what I buy. I’m too deep and too far along. But I think it’s a cool idea to get exposed to stuff, like school. I’d rather research myself.
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  20. misteranderson

    misteranderson Forum Resident

    englewood, nj
    While I don’t wish anyone a miserable experience, I hope Amazon fails at this, or eventually bails on it for some reason.

    It might end up being a big success precisely because many people don’t have a local indie shop to turn to.
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  21. captouch

    captouch Forum Resident

    Bay Area, CA
    Besides people who just don’t like Amazon (which is fine, I get the reasons why), this seems fine esp for people newer to vinyl, of which there are many. To the extent it raises visibility of artists to a new generation/audience and makes them seek out other albums in those artists’ discography, so much the better.

    It seems to me it’s very much in Amazon’s best interest to be very clear on what you’re getting and when to avoid the cost of returns though.

    While the $25 price point gives good savings on double LPs, it might be limiting at some point if there are good albums with retail prices below $25. They should consider a policy where you get billed less for those cases. As long as the subscriber consistently saves a few bucks each time and has ample time to cancel a month’s selection, seems like a no lose situation for those who want to build their collection and aren’t inclined to do a lot of research on their own.
  22. Flatbubba

    Flatbubba Well-Known Member

    San Marcos CA
    Just signed up. They are sending me The Who "The Who Sell Out" 2LP Stereo Deluxe Remastered Edition
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  23. HarryB

    HarryB Well-Known Member

    Not very likely, if that were the case they'd be getting them sent right back to them.
  24. HarryB

    HarryB Well-Known Member

    I already own nearly 3,000 albums and am a member of VMP. How can you not sign up? Free returns for items you don't like or want (as long as they are unopened) and from what I've seen posted some of the albums received for $25 were Pink Floyd The Wall, a Music on Vinyl release of The Supremes and the 2 LP deluxe edition of The Who Sell Out.
    Seems like a no brainer to me. "Buy now, or cry later" laugh if you want, but it's true.
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  25. HarryB

    HarryB Well-Known Member

    different strokes for different folks I guess, to wish a miserable experience is pretty petty of you imo.
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2021

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